Volunteer Profile: Dave McQuery
Dave McQuery is a familiar face around the Community Cycling Center. Whether he’s building up Create a Commuter bikes, supervising volunteer groups, or giving away bikes at Holiday Bike Drive, he’s serious about making cycling safe and accessible for members of the Portland community.
When Dave started volunteering four years ago, he says he didn’t know much about bicycles.Â Then he took our Bike Maintenance Class and says, “I learned an awful lot. That got me back to volunteering, and I learned a lot doing teardowns, too.” He even credits his work at the Community Cycling Center for helping him secure his current job building bikes for REI.
Dave’s favorite Community Cycling CenterÂ event is “hands down” the Holiday Bike Drive, which gives 4- to 9-year-olds their first bike at the holidays. He is quick to mention the large number of dedicated volunteers who — like he — work year-round to pull off the event.Â “You work all year long,” he says, “And that’s pay day, watching those kids walk in with their eyes as big as saucers.”