It’s time for Bikes for Humanity’s first external event of the year: the Fix-it Fair at Ron Russell Middle School, Saturday the 23rd. This will be the second of the season and we will be spending it outside the main exhibit room fixing up bikes and engaging folks about our mission. It runs from 9:30 til 3, so we will be meeting at the shop around 8, loading up the trailers, and bike moving there around 8:30. Volunteers don’t have to get up on a Saturday at the crack of dawn to participate: there are shifts starting at the school at 9am, noon, and 2:30 for those who want to do the bike move back to the shop.
This is a great opportunity to work on your bike mechanic skills, whatever stage you are in your wrenching journey, and give back to the community at the same time. Of course for anyone not looking to get greasy we always need help talking to folks about B4H, taking pictures, or even giving a flat repair tutorial if you’re up for that. Best of all, the fine folks at the Fix-it Fair will feed us. Here’s the sign up!
Charlie Hales might be there!
Each winter, Bikes for Humanity participates in the City of Portland’s Fix-it Fairs. A Fix-it Fair is a free, public event that connects Portland residents to local resources. Each fair involves classes for attendees, tabling with representatives from government and non-profit agencies, a free lunch, and free on-site services, including BIKE REPAIR provided by B4H and our friends from Bike Farm.
This winter’s first fair will be Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver St, Portland, OR 97220, from 9:30am – 3:00pm.
I’ll be there.
This was the first external event I did with B4H after coming on board as a volunteer last year. It was a blast! The Bicycle Transportation Alliance provided spare parts and B4H and Bike Farm brought the tools and elbow grease. Attendees were treated to complimentary repairs and parts where appropriate. Volunteers were treated to breakfast and lunch. It felt great to apply my skills to help others and connect with a community of like minded people.
Whether you’ve got a bicycle in need or you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, I hope to see you there!
The author, not looking at the camera at last year’s Park Rose Fix-it Fair