That’s me, at Querencia, after a chilly day of volunteer work.
I never write about myself on this blog. It never felt right, because I thought BikeDenton was a faceless news source. Well, it ain’t true. It’s not faceless, and as deeply as my own life is woven into Denton’s bike culture, I can’t pretend to be an outside observer. Meeting people and trying to document bike culture has become big part of my life, in a way I didn’t predict. Before I started BikeDenton, I started volunteering with Querencia in 2007. Back then, Querencia was a community bike concept pursued by a passionate group of UNT and TWU students. I spent a few previous years traveling outside Denton to play music, and I came back home really wanting to put in volunteer time somewhere that made a difference. Querencia was that place.
That was four years ago. In 2011, Querencia needs new blood. It needs new volunteers perhaps more than ever, to survive and flourish. I think there’s been a perception that the shop runs itself quite well without outside help, and that couldn’t be further from reality. Leaders are getting tired, people get busy, lives change.
Querencia will take volunteers of any skill level, and just having someone to greet visitors is invaluable. We haven’t had anyone do that in a year, since the shop was in my backyard. I’ll cut to the chase: If you want to give back to the community, and you like the idea of doing something bikey, Querencia needs you. The community needs you. The shop is built, stocked with tools, kind of organized, registered with the IRS as a 501c3 nonprofit, and has some money in the bank. You can step up, hold reigns, have ideas and make a difference in your community. It took us years to get the paperwork through the IRS, build the shop, and amass the collection of bikes and parts. All of that hard work is a torch that’s waiting to be passed on.
We meet once a month and talk logistics and schedule our shop coordinators for the next 30 days. If you want to get involved, come to shop on Wednesdays 5-7PM or Saturday 3-5PM. Go to qcbs.org for more info.