BWorks Highlighted in Terrain Magazine – Pedaling for a Brighter Future

St. Louis BWorks Celebrates three decades of building character through teaching how to fix and ride bikes.

To view the article online click here.

Teaching Position Available


Would you enjoy teaching a St. Louis youth how to ride a bicycle?

St. Louis BWorks is currently accepting resumes to fill the role of Programs Lead, a teaching position that helps St. Louis BWorks, a 501(c)(3) organization, accomplish our mission.

The ideal candidate has a background in elementary education and experience working in the nonprofit sector. Applicants must be passionate, motivated, and flexible, as this role requires the ability to articulate program objectives to a wide array of individuals and operational needs may change quickly.

This position is based out of BWorks’ Soulard location but requires travel to partner organizations in the St. Louis Metro area.


All potential candidates must possess the following:
● High school diploma or equivalent
● Enthusiastic passion to achieve BWorks’ mission
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills
● Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team setting
● Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines in a busy environment

Preference will be given to candidates who possess the following:
● Bachelor’s Degree in Education
● Prior experience working with children ages 8 ­ 17
● Prior administrative and/or teaching experience
● Experience working in the nonprofit sector
● Proficiency in a second language

Job Description

This is a position to support the needs of the BWorks education programs. While BWorks has made an effort to provide a general description of the duties and tasks of this position, you must understand that this is not a fully comprehensive job description. Tasks and duties may be modified as needed.

Hours per week can vary depending on qualifications and the number of classes being taught. The number of classes being taught will depend upon the staff hired and availability. In general, this position will work 3-9 hrs a week in 3hr hour blocks of time.

Instruction Duties

The instruction portion of this role will enable BWorks to of er more learning programs on and of the BWorks premises.
Examples of tasks relating to instruction include, but are not limited to the following:
● Preparation for and facilitation of BWorks kids programs
● Maintenance of the prop and supplies used during classes
● Completion of inventory for program deliverable’s and needs

Administrative Duties

The administrative support portion of this role will minimize risk and maximize consistency related to BWorks programs.
Examples of administrative tasks include, but are not limited to the following:
● Assistance with paperwork relating to volunteer instructors
● Coordination of program paperwork (release forms, pre and post assessments, etc.)
● Establishment and maintenance of Program Partner relationships
● Coordination with Programs Administrator of classes and schedules at partner sites

Salary Range: $15­ to $30/hr with the potential for modifications after one (1) year of employment.

Application Process

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and 3 to 5 references to BWorks’ Executive Director, Patrick Van Der Tuin at

Due to the volume of applicants, no phone calls, please. Only applicants considered for interviews will be called. This position will remain open to applicants until filled.

Send application to 2414 Menard St, St Louis, MO 63104-4330, United States

12th Annual Cranksgiving St. Louis – Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Starting from The Tap Room

The 12th Annual Cranksgiving on Sunday, November 5

Twelve years ago, BWorks volunteers envisioned an annual event that would give back to the same St. Louis community that supports our work with area youth. A canned food drive seemed like a good idea given the time of year ­– near Thanksgiving.

Since then, the event – known as Cranksgiving – has steadily grown. In 2006 we collected 200 food items, and in 2016 more than 900 participants collected over 18,000 food items, riding from grocery store to grocery store and purchasing food items to be donated. All told, over the years, participants have collected more than 80,000 items.

Won’t you join us for the 2017 version? It’s set for Sunday, Nov. 5. The fun begins that morning at The Tap Room and will benefit Food Outreach.

Links to The 12 Annual St. Louis Cranksgiving Routes!

Please visit our Facebook page for up to the minute details!  Registration is free – click here for complete details.

Volunteer spotlight: Meet Matt Migalla, Bike Mechanic

Volunteer Spotlight – Matt Migalla

Matt Migalla (pictured at left) is modest about his contributions to the bike shop at St. Louis BWorks. But that’s where he has spent many of his Thursday evenings the past six months – and he’s proven to be a great addition to the team in that short amount of time.

Whether he’s salvaging parts or refurbishing donated bicycles, Matt brings welcome energy and expertise to the tasks at hand, all of which help to support BWorks’ programs for youth.
“I immediately felt comfortable there,” he says about his continued volunteerism with the organization. “There’s great collaboration between the more experienced and the less experienced, and the staff is amazingly talented.”

Matt started lending a hand at BWorks after coming across the organization’s booth at a winter bike expo near his home in southern Illinois. When he heard a staff member say BWorks could always use more volunteers, he jumped at the opportunity to help.

“I really believe in the mission that BWorks has developed over the years,” says Matt, adding that he’s convinced the organization “walks the walk” when it comes to achieving that vision.

At the same time, he sees the opportunity for growth in the level of awareness about BWorks among his neighbors on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

“Especially in the Metro East here, a lot of people don’t know about BWorks, even though it’s been around for about 30 years,” Matt says.

He’s doing his part to help get the word out and be an ambassador – and is even organizing a bike drive this fall at Cahokia Mounds, the state historic site where he has lived and worked as assistant manager for over three decades.

That drive is set for 9 a.m. to noon October 7. For more information, see the event page.