Donna McAleer

Donna McAleer is the Executive Director of the Bicycle Collective. She is happiest outside on her bike or on skis in the mountains.

She has more than thirty years of nonprofit and public sector organizational leadership, financial management and fundraising experience. 

Donna is a former US Army Officer having served in a variety of leadership roles stateside and in Germany. In 2013, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta appointed Donna to serve on the Defense Advisory Council for Women in the Service (DACOWITS) to provide advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment and retention, treatment, integration, and well-being of highly qualified professional women in the Armed Forces.

She began in the private sector with the Novations Consulting Group, later moving to William M. Mercer, Inc. Donna than became a Vice President of Global Logistics and Support Services at GenRad, a leading producer of electronic test equipment. There Donna was responsible for the development and implementation of a global logistics and customer support strategy. As a consultant, she worked on the Secretary of Veterans Affairs top three clinical and operational priorities of suicide prevention, community care, and call center modernization. 

Previously, she served as the Executive Director for People's Health Clinic in Park City, UT where she and the PHC team transformed the business model to create financial stability, increase community awareness, and ensure uninsured and underinsured residents of Summit and Wasatch counties had access to quality medical and healthcare. 

Donna received her B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York and her M.B.A. from Darden Graduate School at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. She is the award-winning author of Porcelain on Steel: Women of West Point's Long Gray Line  (Fortis Publishing 2010).

As an avid outdoor enthusiast, she teaches alpine skiing at Deer Valley Resort. Donna enjoys anything outside -- skiing, mountain biking, road cycling, hiking, camping, golfing and traveling. One of her favorite mountain biking trails is the White Rim. 

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*Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19*

Shop Volunteering

Volunteering with the SLC Bicycle Collective is a great way to gain invaluable experience within the community. We have open volunteering hours on Mondays between 5:30 and 9:00 PM and on Fridays between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM. You may stop in anytime during those hours - no sign-up necessary. We ask folks to serve at least an hour when they come to volunteer - you are welcome to stay longer or for the full block. 

No experience with bikes necessary to volunteer. Our staff will teach you all the things you need to know about bikes to assist us in the cause. However, a skilled mechanic is always appreciated in our shop!

Instructions for volunteering:

Please meet at the SLC shop located at 2312 S. West Temple. The front door is usually locked, so ring the doorbell when you arrive. We will then have you complete an application and give you a walking tour/orientation of the shop that will cover volunteer duties, responsibilities, and expectations. 

Wear clothes that you don't mind getting bike grease on. We provide shop aprons and gloves for all volunteers. 

Volunteers in the shop typically work on fixing kids and adult bikes for our charitable programs, sort through bike parts and do miscellaneous cleaning around the shop. We provide all the educational support and resources for volunteers to successfully complete projects in our shop!

Bike Prom Volunteer

Every year the SLC Bicycle Collective holds an annual fundraiser called "Bike Prom". We need volunteers to help us make it a successful and fun event! Call for 2018 Bike Prom volunteers has ended. We'll put out a call for 2019 Bike Prom Volunteers next year! 

Bike Valet Volunteer

Bike Valet is provided by the Bicycle Collective at many of the events in Salt Lake City throughout the spring, summer, and early fall that demand safe, theft-­free bicycle parking service! Help patrons by securely parking their pedal ­powered steeds at our handy-dandy pop­up rack/based parking systems. Available to anyone 18 and older. Perks of volunteering for Bike Valet is getting into the events for free (if there is a cover charge)! Links to sign-up to volunteer with Bike Valet for 2019 events will be available soon. 

SLC Bike Prom 2019, is happening!! Tickets are now on sale! We're riding and dancing on Saturday, June 8th. This is an event for all folks of all ages.

Bike Prom is SLC Bicycle Collective's annual fundraising event. Don your fanciest prom duds, grab a date (or group or come solo!) and join a thousand friendly riders on a slow ride around SLC streets. The ride starts at Fairmont Park (1040 E. Sugarmont Dr.) and will end at the Tracy Aviary (589 E. 1300 S.) where we'll dance the night away!

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FAQs

Is this a family friendly event?

Yes! Bring the kids so they can enjoy the ride and the party at Tracy Aviary. Be advised, if kids are to ride their own bikes they will need to be able to keep pace with the group and police escort. The party tickets are priced per individual. We will have a subsidized ticket for kids under 16 years of age; the year they decide to commute the fun way or the other way.

Does it cost to participate in the group ride?

No, but donations are always appreciated! The party at Tracy Aviary is what the tickets are for if you choose to join us beyond the ride, which you should. The party is always a blast!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No minimum age to attend; we encourage youth under the age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult. You must bring a valid ID if you plan to purchase alcohol to be consumed at the event at Tracy Aviary.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We encourage bicycles for the ride from Fairmont Park to Tracy Aviary, but other modes of human-powered transportation are acceptable. There will be a bicycle valet for those staying for the ticketed event. If you must drive to Tracy Aviary to join us for the party, you can park in any available parking spots at Liberty Park.

If you are coming from the Sugarhouse area and require a vehicle to get you here, there is plenty of parking for you to leave your car at Fairmont Park. You will just have to ride back there at the end of the group ride or party to get your vehicle; no overnight parking at either park.

What can I bring into the event?

No outside food or drinks allowed. Both will be available for purchase once inside.

What should I wear?

It's called Bike Prom, so dig out your old dresses and suits or maybe that bridesmaid dress that was worn that one time - shorts, suspenders, and a bowtie; Sure! Some go retro and come in light blue frilly tuxedos or in flapper dresses and zuit suits. Visit your favorite secondhand store and you'll probably find what you're looking for! Your outfit, your call, just make it fun and enjoy the people watching!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Volunteer Highlight - Abby Mars

How did you get involved with the collective? 

My first experience with the Collective was several years ago when I bought an older bike off Craigslist and wanted to swap out some parts. I had no idea what I was doing with riding or working on that thing and I don't think I ended up riding it much, but the tinkering bit was the fun part anyway. Shortly after that I moved to Colorado for a little while before turning around and coming back to Salt Lake a year and a half later. Last fall, I was on sabbatical from work and looking for volunteer opportunities to help me keep busy and engage with the community now that I'm back for good, so I wandered into the Bicycle Collective during Friday morning volunteer hours. I was pretty much hooked right away because you get to work on so many different types of bikes over the course of one volunteer session, which scratches my urge to tinker without having to dismantle my own bike every week!

What do you enjoy most about the collective?

Working on Goodwill bikes has been a really fun way to become a little less clueless about riding and fixing up my own bikes, for one thing. There's nothing like dismantling an old bike to re-use the parts to help you understand how everything fits together. It's also been a great group of people to hang around with and get to know. (And the snacks during volunteer night certainly don't hurt either.)

Tell us more about how cycling has impacted your life.

I work remotely from my home, so I'm always on the lookout for excuses to get out of the house during the week, and cycling around town is a great one. Often I'll ride down to the coffee shop for a change of scenery while I work, or do a few laps around town when I'm done for the day. I had a bike as a kid that I loved to ride around the neighborhood, but I didn't ride much after I started high school. It wasn't until these last few years that I rediscovered how much I love poking around on a bicycle with no particular destination in mind. It's such a fun way to explore, especially in a city like Salt Lake where not much of town is very pedestrian-friendly. 

What are some of your other hobbies? 

On the same sabbatical when I started coming to the Collective, I also signed up for a piano class up at the U! Playing piano is another thing I did as a kid and lost sight of until recently, so it's been fun to flex those muscles again. Also, my wife and I have two pets (a cat and a rabbit), and taking photos of those two to put on the internet takes up a fair amount of my time!
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Abby is one of our core volunteers. It's people like her who volunteer their time and talents that keep our shop running. Thanks for all that you do, Abby! 

Interested in volunteering with the Bicycle Collective? Learn more here!

A Utah County native, I began volunteering at the Provo Bicycle Collective in 2012. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Philosophy in 2015, I moved to Boise and began working with the Boise Bicycle Project where I honed my skills as a mechanic and educator. In 2016 I returned to Provo, committed to growing the operation here. I love bicycles because I see them as a vehicle that challenges riders to push themselves and engage their community in a different way. I see the Collective growing and becoming more effective in fostering community impact and growth, and serving as a space in which community members can grow and develop themselves. In June 2019, I moved to lead the Salt Lake City branch of the Bicycle Collective.

Welcome to our newest line of products!

We are now offering "Ride-able" bikes for those who are looking for a bargain.

Unlike other bikes in our store, these bikes are not refurbished (prices vary between $40 - $150). Every "Ride-able" bike comes with one hour of free bench coaching. We will help you diagnose any existing issues and show you how to fix them. "Ride-able" bikes are sold "as-is" and are not refundable.

Every purchase at the Bicycle Collective helps us to provide bicycles, repair help, and educational programs to adults and children in need.

Our Bikes for Goodwill program provides free bicycles to anyone who can’t afford to purchase one. Bikes for Goodwill may be earned through 6 hours of volunteer service.  Find out how to volunteer here.

If you are in need of a bike for transportation, are currently NOT able to volunteer with us, and if you are receiving help from an organization such as Switchpoint CRC, the Court Support Services, and others, ask your caseworker to contact us. 

Find out more about our Monthly Bike Kitchen at Switchpoint CRC HERE. 

 

Dear SLCBC Volunteers,

Whether you volunteered one hour, 25 hours, or over 100 hours in our shop in 2018, your hard work and service did not go unnoticed. Last year alone, we had a total of 1,738 volunteers who served a total of 4,533 hours in our shop. These numbers translate to volunteers fixing and repairing 386 kids bikes and 261 adult bikes that were then given away to folks in our community who needed them most. 

In addition to these bikes being repaired and given away, we can't even begin to count the number of parts that were salvaged and organized, the number of nuts, bolts, and dust bunnies that were swept up, and the number of tubes repaired and sorted in our shop - all by the hands of our volunteers. Our shop's success is very much dependent on our volunteers, we can't do this work alone! Thank you for your service and for the care you have given by serving in our shop to support members of our community. We're excited to see you and new volunteers in our shop soon!

Sincerely, 

Amy Wiscombe
Volunteer and Program Coordinator

Click here to learn more about volunteering with the SLCBC.

 

After retiring to St George, my wife and I began volunteering at bike events. The Senior Games, Intermountain Cup and Ironman St. George.

Early in 2016 the opportunity to rescue abandoned bikes came up and it has turned into Bicycle Collective St. George where we can enable all ages to learn and maintain all types of bicycles. 

My reward is seeing young and old enjoy riding and learning about all the opportunities biking represents.

Jim spent his career building brands, customers—and value—for a host of innovative technology companies, both public and private. Jim co-founded Cirque Corporation, inventor of touchpad pointing devices now common on virtually all laptop computers. After selling Cirque to Alps Corporation in 2003, Jim founded the NorAm division of EnOcean, a Siemens spinout employing energy-harvesting to self-power wireless sensor solutions for use in building automation, industrial applications, and environmental monitoring. Since retiring in 2016, Jim consults part-time with companies in the energy harvesting and wireless sensor markets.  

Jim began volunteering at the Bicycle Collective in 2017, became a core volunteer and joined the board of directors in November 2018. Jim has been a lifelong cyclist, former racer, and now an avid mountain biker.  Having seen the personal and community benefits of cycling, Jim joined the Collective to extend that opportunity to all members of the community regardless of economic resources. Jim and his wife are avid skiers, cyclists and travel enthusiasts.