As a volunteer at Community Cycles I have had a first-hand opportunity to see how this non-profit organization changes lives for the better. Community Cycles’ mission is to educate and advocate for the safe use of bicycles as an affordable, viable and sustainable means of transportation and personal enjoyment.
One of the most successful programs that Community Cycles runs is the Earn-A-Bike program. Earn-A-Bike allows individuals to work at Community Cycles’ bike shop in return for a bike. Individuals in the Earn-A-Bike program basically receive an old bike in return for their help. They then rehabilitate the bike with the skills they have learned working in the shop. Upon completion of the program they not only have earned a bike, but have gained many of the skills needed to keep it running. This is a great program that keeps hundreds of bikes out of our local landfill each year.
Recently, I saw an individual that had completed the Earn-A-Bike program. He had his bike with him, and I told him it looked great. His response is the kind of thing that makes volunteering at Community Cycles a great experience. He looked down at the bike and then back up at me and said: “It’s so much fun to ride. It makes me feel fantastic and free.” I couldn’t agree with him more.
Riding a bike is fun, healthy and liberating. This is at the heart of what I have found Community Cycles to be about. Yes, Community Cycles promotes cycling, helps people learn cycling skills and maintenance, helps the environment by recycling bikes and getting more people interested in cycling as a method of transportation, however, beyond that, it empowers people to make positive changes in their lives.
Community Cycles always needs volunteers, new and used bikes, bike parts, and almost anything cycling related. If you need a bike, Community Cycles also sells nicely rehabilitated bikes which help fund its community programs. I encourage you to learn more about Community Cycles by going to WWW.CommunityCycles.Org. I also encourage you to go ride a bike.
Community Cycles Volunteer