Introducing…pay-what-you-can membership

As WABA continues to grow, so does our ability to engage with our supporters — you! We want anyone to be able to join our community, regardless of their financial resources. And, we want to be better able to celebrate the people who dig deep and give generously to WABA. With that, we are proud to introduce our new pay-what-you-can membership model

Here’s what that means: if you give to WABA, we’ll count you as a member and show up for (and with!) you in the offices of our elected officials, on our trails, and as we fight for every mile of a great place to ride a bike.

It also means more ways to show your WABA pride and more ways to get involved. Take a look at all this good stuff!

Membership LevelPrice Point*Extras
Digital Member$5/month
$1-$59 or Volunteer 3 times anywhere
Access to member-only events and member rates for WABA Fundraising rides.
Classic Member$10/month
$60-$119 or Volunteer with WABA 3 times
+ all the Membership Swag: access to ride registration, Member Extras, Bike Shop coupon, and the ability to add an additional adult to your membership
Sustainer$20/month
$120-$239
+ t-shirt and socks
Activist$50/month
$240-$599
+ jersey and a Classic membership to gift
Champion$80/month
$600-$999
+ free ride registration to a WABA fundraising ride and a call with an advocate
Superstar$100/month
$1000+
+ regular personal communication from WABA leadership
*Paying your membership dues monthly helps keep WABA financially sound throughout the year and helps us better plan for future campaigns and projects. When you make a monthly payment to WABA, we never ask for an additional gift and your membership never expires for the duration of your gift. If you prefer to pay your dues annually, your membership will expire one year after the gift date.

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Does this change my current membership status?

No. If you’re a WABA member, you’ll remain a current member in good standing until your membership expires. If we goofed, we’ll fix it — let us know at membership@waba.org (Thank you in advance for your patience as we push our database to new limits!).

What if I’m…

An auto-renewing member: You’ll continue with your auto-renewing dues at the same amount until you change the amount or cancel (email me to do either). If you start a new recurring gift, you will have the option to designate it towards membership or full tax-deductibility.

A two-year member: Your two-year membership will remain current until your membership expiration. We won’t offer two-year membership moving forward, but setting up a recurring gift makes it easy to keep your membership current for keeps.

A Life member: You remain a Life member and will receive Classic membership benefits. If you donate any amount, your Life membership will override any new membership level.

A family member: You’ll remain a family member through your current membership’s expiration. Family membership will be incorporated into the new membership tiers next month. We’ll have the ability to add an additional adult and up to four children to the primary member’s membership at a reduced cost.

A donor through a third party: If you give to WABA through your workplace or a donor-advised fund, we will finally be able to capture your membership through these third party gifts. Depending on the size of your gift, we will provide a Digital or Classic membership.

Tax Deductibility: 

When you sign up, you’ll have the option to choose a fully tax-deductible gift (no physical benefits, but lots of good feelings) or if you want to receive all the goodies at that level. If you choose to have your gift include membership benefits, a certain amount at each level will be tax-deductible, which we’ll note in your confirmation email. If you choose full tax-deductibility, we’ll count you as a Digital member. 

If you have questions, comments, thoughts, drop us a line at membership@waba.org. If you’re ready to sign up, head on over to waba.org/join

Ways to Volunteer in your Community

Hey! We appreciate you existing and doing your best, whatever that means right now. We are so glad that you are here.

A number of us here at WABA have been doing what we can to help our neighbors out, and we wanted to share a few ways to get involved if you have the capacity and interest. 

We hear from our network of community organizations and mutual aid groups that their primary need is for dependable, problem-solving people. We’ve worked with many of you, and we know you’re awesome. Event after event, WABA volunteers have blown us away with your initiative, creativity, and ability to self-delegate when needed. Because of this, we think you could help!

We think this is important! Volunteer three times in your community for a WABA membership. Email membership@waba.org with subject heading “Community Support Membership” and a short list of what you did.

Regional Volunteer Efforts

The pandemic looks different in different communities across our region. It has brought longstanding inequities into stark relief: deaths from the disease are disproportionately African American, Latinx and Indigenous residents. Stay-at-Home orders have highlighted the unequal access to basic services—grocery stores, parks, public transit, internet—along race, gender and socio-economic lines. If you are able to travel safely outside of your neighborhood, these groups could use your help: 

Montgomery County

Prince George’s

District of Columbia

  • Martha’s Table is looking for volunteers for food packing and would love any donations of unopened PPE and cleaning supplies. 
  • Every DC Ward is organized within DC Mutual Aid, join your neighbors through ward signup. All links can be found here. Grocery delivery and mask productions are two major needs. 

Arlington

  • La ColectiVA is looking for food donations and some roles for grocery delivery (you must prioritize safety and privacy of many undocumented recipients). 
  • SURJNoVa is part of mutual aid coordination and also have connections to La ColectiVA, the Mayan League and NASEK. The coalition is also doing work in Fairfax. 
  • Arlington Magazine has a great compilation of community efforts (including masks) here

Alexandria

Fairfax

Self-Directed and Informal Things You Can Do

  • Reach out to loved ones and friends, mail postcards, send emails, give them a ring! People need human interaction and it can feel awkward to say hey, I’m kinda lonely right now.  Bonus: There are a variety of pen pal and mailing opportunities, including this senior home in Rockville
  • Watch your local neighborhood listservs for requests or post your own offer. Many existing neighborhood groups have requests and offers, including requests from groups and service agencies. Supply lines are disrupted right now and different routines have shifted what people use. Crayons, board games, bingeable romance books, food, clothes – you might have something to gift or loan.

TIP: Be proactive, specific, and actionable
One great model for support is making proactive offers based on efforts others are doing. “I saw you are starting some community meals, I have too much kale in my garden, would you like me to harvest some and walk it over tonight?” Concrete offers with details and an easy option to say “no thanks” reduces decision fatigue and require less emotional labor.

  • Check in with your neighbors. Going to the grocery store and have extra cargo space? Consider asking if anyone needs anything. There are 10 million immunocompromised people in the United States and 26% of US residents are disabled so it is quite likely you know someone who does not want to risk an errand trip right now. (Note: not everyone will be comfortable sharing why they don’t want to risk going out. That’s ok.)
  • Organize with your neighbors. Consider starting a neighborhood pod to support and coordinate with each other. It could be everyone on your block or apartment building. Direct Services agencies and nonprofits are overwhelmed – informal neighbor to neighbor mutual aid is one way to build community and spread work from formal networks. 
    • Here’s the handbook for DC Mutual Aid neighbor pod organizing
    • Vice has a good roundup of a few general neighbor organizing templates. 
    • Here’s a great guide to do the work safely
  • Sew masks. Especially if you have the supplies (sewing machine, cotton quilting fabric, thread, and a few other things), this is a great way to help. The need for them extends far beyond healthcare facilities—people who work in other essential businesses, frontline food support, immunocompromised people.  Each fabric mask takes ~30 min and the need is never-ending. (Note: if you have capacity and you are receiving/buying masks, pay a fair price for them! Sewing takes skill & time, and materials are not free).
  • Listen, read, and be patient. Volunteer management takes work! A lot of organizations have been flooded by offers to help and requests for support. Sorting, connecting and responding takes time. Many groups and organizations have clear requests they have posted on social media, newsletters and/or their websites. Help them by researching what they’ve already communicated before sending a general email about volunteering. 

Giving money is good too! 

Your local food bank, the Capital Area Food Bank, local fundraisers for service industry workers, local businesses, very large tips on deliveries, local restaurant fundraisers for donated meals and individual people in your networks – all excellent options. Here are some frontline organizations doing amazing work:  

What is Mutual Aid?

Mutual Aid is based on the principle and a long history of practice that everyone has something to give and receive, and that we all must work together for long-term structural change so that everyone can thrive. It is work that values the well-being and dignity of everyone. Many practitioners use the phrase “Solidarity, not charity” to describe it. Learn more about the history and practice of mutual aid in this webinar organized by the Highlander Center. If you are new to this framework, do a lot of listening and be mindful of how you take up space in conversations. 

And remember:

We appreciate you existing and doing your best, whatever that means right now. We are so glad that you are here.

Bike Shop Benefits for WABA Members!

Every day, WABA members directly support a happier, healthier, better connected region. Along with 6,200 of your neighbors, you provide the single largest source of unrestricted revenue for WABA—contributions that are absolutely essential to do the advocacy work that makes our region a better place to live and bike. Thank you. We are proud to have your support, and work every day to make you a proud WABA member.

Last fall, WABA launched our Member Extras program to give you another reason to be a proud card-carrying WABA member. Member Extras are perks for WABA members provided by WABA business members that share your values. 

What’s the new deal?

In addition to discounts at some of your favorite coffee shops, breweries, design companies, and more, we partner with a number of local bike shops. As of January 2019, local bike shops no longer offer WABA members discounts on merchandise at their stores. 

WABA bike shop business members now offer WABA members $15 off a tune-up annually—that’s $15 off a tune-up at any of our participating bike shop member locations every time you renew your membership! 

How do I get one?

Look for the “$15 off a tune-up” coupon in the mail each time you renew your membership. (You can always renew early, and we’ll extend your membership another year.) Take the coupon to any of the participating shops for service. Don’t see your shop on the list? Have them email business@waba.org, or give us a call at 202-518-0524 x 211.

If you’re a long-time WABA member, you may be wondering, why no more year-round discount for WABA members at local shops? We want our shops to stay around and grow with the bicycling community for years to come—read more about our decision to update how WABA supports local bike shops below.

Why this change?

After extensive review of the previous discount program and many interviews with shop owners, we learned that the program was actually hurting our local shops and their bottom line. The 5%-10% discounts WABA members received at local shops were cutting into profit margins and not bringing new foot traffic to shops. At the same time, the discounts didn’t have a direct impact on WABA and our mission.

To create a truly bikeable region, WABA wants to support our local bike shops, promote their incredible service and expertise, and celebrate local businesses.

What does the change mean for local bike shops?

WABA bike shop business members work with us to connect our members, their customers, and employees with local and regional advocacy initiatives and support community rides and events. 

We hope playing our part to support the businesses that support us means that everyone, regardless of age or ability, can experience the joy of biking.

Thank you for growing with us, and continuing to support the shops who support us! 

For any further questions about WABA’s Member Extra program, please email business@waba.org, or give us a call at 202-518-0524 x 211.

Family Memberships are here!

We’re so excited to announce a new level of membership for WABA: Family Membership! WABA had a family membership option until 2013, which we had to discontinue because our database couldn’t support it. We are so excited that it’s back and refreshed to celebrate all kinds of families!

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As WABA continues to grow, so do you and what you want from membership. We want Family Membership to encourage and celebrate our members who want to share WABA with family, chosen family, and the people you love most.

Here’s how it works:

$65 – 1 Year membership for two people

  • $15/person for up to four additional people
  • Children under 18 are included at no additional cost

Join here!

FAQs:

What do you mean by ‘family’?

However you want to define family! To you, it might mean your partner or spouse, your children, your chosen family, or something else. We acknowledge that the important people you share your life with doesn’t look the same for everyone.

What if my family members don’t live at the same address?

That’s fine! You’ll be able to mark whether you want your membership cards to come to one address or different ones. You can also choose if you want one family membership card or individual ones for each person.

Are you going to use my children’s names?

We’d love to send your children “Junior WABA Members” cards, but it’s up to you! We will ask for their ages.

If I’m currently a member, can I still sign up?

Yes! Your membership will be transferred to your family membership with an updated expiration date—one year after your family’s primary contact’s current membership is due to expire. For example, if your current membership is set to expire on 10/1/2021 and you purchase a family membership, your family membership will expire on 10/1/2022 for every person receiving a new card.

I have more questions or comments.

Drop us a line at membership@waba.org and we’ll sort it out! This is new for us, too, so we want to hear from you.

Meet Hannah Anderson-Dana, our new Membership and Development Coordinator.

I’m Hannah Anderson-Dana, the new Membership and Development Coordinator at WABA. I’m so excited to be part of the Development team and get to know our great members! Growing up in the very bike friendly Portland, OR and attending college in the equally bikeable Twin Cities meant that biking was my main form of transportation, from getting to school to riding around the lakes on a nice day. After I moved to DC, I joined WABA as a member on Bike to Work Day in 2015 and I’ve had the best time learning about the bike community in the region and exploring different neighborhoods on rides. Exploring DC by bike made the city really feel like home! I most recently worked at a civics non-profit, where I was always trying to convince my coworkers to bike to work or on the weekends. Needless to say, that’s taken care of at WABA! I hope to enhance and expand WABA’s already amazing membership program and to continue making connections in our community through biking. If you have thoughts or feedback about our membership program and how we can grow it, please reach out to me at hannah.anderson-dana@waba.org. I can’t wait to meet you!

We’re hiring: Membership & Development Coordinator

Overview

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks an enthusiastic, process-oriented Membership & Development Coordinator to manage WABA’s individual membership program and support fundraising activities. We need a systems thinker with great attention to detail and strong interpersonal skills. The Membership & Development Coordinator will operationalize, maintain, and grow the membership program; manage and maintain the member and donor database; and represent WABA in the community. The Membership & Development Coordinator reports to the Development Director, works closely with WABA’s Events Coordinator and Business Partnership Coordinator, and collaborates with all staff to integrate membership throughout our programs. As a smaller—but quickly growing!—nonprofit, all staff are required to assist with general organization-wide duties and at major events.

Responsibilities & Activities

  • Meet and exceed individual membership membership recruitment and retention goals.
  • Manage and maintain WABA’s member and donor CRM with precision; process memberships and donations; produce timely and compelling acknowledgments.
  • Develop, implement, and execute two annual membership drives, including Bike to Work Day.
  • Collaborate with and support WABA staff to effectively grow and promote membership through outreach, events, and education.
  • Collaborate with the communications team to create and regularly update membership and donor communications: digital, in-person, and beyond.
  • Design and implement occasional membership appreciation and engagement activities, from in-person events and surveys to managing membership perks.
  • Represent WABA at community events, on-street outreach, Combined Federal Campaign fairs, and more.
  • Manage WABA merchandise, including maintaining inventory, fulfilling online orders and managing sales at events.
  • Coordinate with staff to organize volunteers; promote and facilitate the “Earn a Membership” program.
  • Support the Development Director in various development functions, including prospect research, donor cultivation, launching a major donor society, and direct mail.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:
  • Demonstrated success in—and a passion for!—fundraising;
  • A process-oriented, systematic way of thinking;
  • Previous CRM database management experience, ideally with Salesforce; and
  • Experience with direct mail and email campaigns.
Additional required skills include:
  • The ability to balance multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously and follow through on commitments;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, both verbal and written;
  • Good writing skills and a commitment to quality work;
  • Strong computer literacy with specific experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google office suite;
  • A willingness to jump in and help out the team; and
  • An enthusiastic commitment to WABA’s mission.

About WABA

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is working to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling. WABA’s programs, from youth education to grassroots community organizing, engage residents in Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Washington, DC. Six thousand dues-paying members and thousands more generous supporters have helped WABA transform bicycling in the region again and again over its 46 year history. WABA is building a region where, in 2020, we’ll see three times the number of people riding bikes. And, by 2035, every single person will live within one mile of a dedicated safe place to bike. We envision a region in which biking is joyful, safe, popular, and liberating; supported by the necessary infrastructure, laws, activities, and investments; and where bicycle ridership mirrors the incredible diversity of our communities.

Employment Details

This position is full-time. Expected salary range is $36,000-$40,000. The position is based in the WABA Office in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. All employees are expected to work some evenings and weekends with flex time in exchange. Benefits include 100% employer covered health/dental/vision insurance premiums; vacation, sick, and personal leave; committed colleagues; fun working environment; optional voluntary accident/disability insurance; WABA’s 403(b) retirement program; indoor bike parking; and surprising amounts of ice cream. WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

Apply

Send a cover letter and resume as one PDF to jobs@waba.org. Please include “Membership & Development Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain posted until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by or before Monday, February 26. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Thank you!

If you’re one of the more than 500 people who joined WABA or renewed their membership this week, THANK YOU! Whether you became a new member, renewed your commitment to WABA, or tweeted for #wabasockwednesday, your passion for our organization has really shown! If you’re a new member, we are excited to help you find your bicycling community! If you’re Thank you again for participating in WABA’s Membership Drive this year, and we hope to see you soon!

Hey, it’s the 2017 Membership Drive!

We are so excited (really!) to spend this week talking about WABA membership. One of things that we celebrate at WABA is that lots of different kinds of people ride bikes for lots of different reasons. Whether you’re just learning to ride, taking kids to school, commuting everyday, training for a race, pedaling to the bus stop, or exploring the trail network on sunny weekends, you are welcome at WABA, and we are working on your behalf. We want you happy and safe, every time you ride, and we can’t do that without our members. We want you to be part of this movement.

Join Today

When you join WABA, you’re taking a stand. You believe biking is for everyone. It should be great for everyone.

But that’s not all:

Thought about refining your commuting skills at a City Cycling class? They’re free for WABA members! Want to explore your city, or the rural landscapes that surround it, on one of our signature rides? Become a member!

Why join now?

Well, because it’s our annual Membership Drive! This week only Join or renew for two years or at the Champion level to snag one of our new “Biking for Everyone” t-shirts!

Join Today

Still on the fence?

We have two awesome events this week that may change your mind. Come say hi:

WABA Open House

Visit the WABA office on Tuesday from 5:30pm – 7:30pm to mingle with other members, see where the magic happens, and pre-order your membership drive t-shirt! The informal open house will be a chance to chat with some of our staff and enjoy snacks and drinks with fellow members working to make biking in our region better. We’ll be selling our exclusive membership drive t-shirt (preorder only), socks to rock #wabasockwednesday the next day, and discounted jerseys. Come by and join WABA at a discount! Please RSVP here so we can have an accurate food and beverage count.

Coffee and Socks

Start your Wednesday—and all your coming Wednesdays—with a #wabasockwednesday moment! Join WABA folks at Peregrine Espresso on 14th Street (1718 14th Street NW) to enjoy a cup of coffee, purchase your own pair of signature socks to help rock the hashtag, and join WABA all in one place. Show proof of membership purchase or your WABA socks and enjoy a $2 iced or hot drip coffee until 11am, thanks to Peregrine. Stop by, grab a picture and eat a treat and use the hashtag #wabasockwednesday. What are you waiting for? Sign up today for reduced rates and thank you for supporting WABA!

Meet Tara, the new Membership Coordinator!

Hello, everyone! I am very excited to introduce myself as the Membership Coordinator here at WABA! I grew up in Philadelphia and moved to the Washington area about four years ago. I love being able to explore the city, especially on a bike. For me, biking is a great way to stay engaged and to travel effectively in the area. I am really excited to serve the WABA community in this role because without the support and dedication of our members, advocating for safer streets and sidewalks would be next to impossible. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you even more to best serve the needs of the community and WABA supporters. I can’t wait to meet everyone at our member event at the Crystal City Water Park on June 16th!

Introducing HDR Architecture, a Leadership Level WABA Business Member

WABA’s Business Members understand the importance of a community that bicycles. Their membership supports our advocacy, outreach and education. Our business members are committed to a sustainable future of our region and are adding their voice to a growing number of bicycle-friendly businesses supporting WABA. Today meet HDR Architecture. HDR Architecture is proud to become the newest member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. HDR is a global architecture and engineering firm with nearly 10,000 employees and 220 offices worldwide. We think global and act local, which is exactly why we want to continue supporting our greater Washington, DC community through WABA. At HDR, we’ve been delivering solutions through smart design for 100 years. Through our projects near and far, we take pride in enriching the ways in which people work, live and play. Ensuring a sustainable world now and in the future is a big deal to us, therefore supporting a bike-friendly community is most certainly a cause we can support. Learn more about HDR by visiting www.hdrinc.com and follow the hashtag #HDR_DC on Twitter for a view from the local lens of our DC Architecture practice. Do you own, work for, or patronize a business that is a good candidate for our business membership? For just $300 or $800 per year, you can show your support for a bike-friendly region and WABA’s advocacy and get all sorts of perks, including your very own blog post! Details here.