November is a big month for Bikes for Humanity as we transition out of the bike season and gear up for our winter programs and a successful 2017. We are excited to announce our partnership with Braking Cycles, a Portland nonprofit that gives marginalized youth the resources and opportunities to become self-sufficient, secure, and healthy.
The space on Powell that has been our shop, classroom, and center of operations will be shared with a coffee shop run by Braking Cycles clients. Since we’ve expanded into the basement of the building we have been able to free up space that was once reserved for bike storage into more dynamic community-oriented purposes. As we prepare for the slowing shop activity that comes with the cold and rain, we are excited to share the space with another amazing organization. We will continue to offer our classes on Thursday nights, please continue to check www.b4hpdx.org for current shop hours as we work through our transition.
To celebrate this partnership and the transition of the space we will be holding our first annual Gear up Gala fundraiser on Saturday, November 12th, from 6-9pm. The Gear up Gala will take place at the shop at 3354 SE Powell, and include a dinner, silent auction, raffle items, live music, and much more. If you haven’t yet RSVP’d to the Gear up Gala, go to the event page and do so, and get your tickets! For only $10 you get entry, dinner, and a beverage of your choice – including a selection of donated beers from one of our sponsors, Hopworks Urban Brewery.
Through the open remodel of our space, we plan to remain open Thursdays and Saturdays, as renovations are underway to prepare for Braking Cycles’ projected open date of January 1st, 2017. To keep the shop running during this time, we need volunteer help to work on bikes, greet and help anyone coming in the shop, and generally keep the operation running.
Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us how you’d like to help. Check out the following volunteer opportunities, and let us know if you’d like to help and if another time would work instead:
Volunteer Night, Wednesdays 6:30-9pm
Christine will be hosting the shop for volunteers to work on refurbishing bikes for sale and for the Bike Buddies Giveaways for underprivileged graduates of the Safe Routes to School bike safety program
Open Shop Hours, Thursdays 12-6pm
Anna will be hosting the shop to the public and for volunteers to work on bikes or pitch in with shop operations
Thursday Night Volunteer Mechanics Class, Thursdays 6-9pm
Chris will continue to teach the class Thursday nights, and volunteers who have completed the course are encouraged to help out and work with students during the hands on portion
Open Shop Hours, Saturdays 10-6pm
Members of our board, key holders, and valued volunteers will all pitch in to keep us open to the public on Saturday, providing our services to folks who need them, and raising funds to keep our organization and its mission going.
Please keep posted to our website b4hpdx.org for current open shop hours.