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Giving Tuesday 2014

Today is Giving Tuesday!

Here are some great ways for you to give to Columbus Bicycle Co-op:

Give your time! Volunteer tonight or tomorrow night to help clean & repair bicycles for the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund from 6-8:30pm. Volunteers of all skill levels are also needed on Thursdays from 5:30-8pm or Sundays from 2-5pm. OR volunteer on our Open House Planning Committee to help us plan our big event that will happen in February/March 2015. E-mail us at info@bikeco-op.org to find out more.

Give money! #GiftBack with the Heritage Fund’s Grant-a-Wish Program. We are asking for donations to provide lights & helmets for Earn-a-Bike participants and to provide Traffic Safety training.

Give bicycles, parts, apparel & accessories! See our wish list for the items of which we are most in need.

Please consider starting this season of giving by donating to us on #GivingTuesday.

Help out the Cheer Fund

It’s that time of year again! Please join us to assist the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund on Tuesday, December 2nd AND Wednesday, December 3rd from 6-8:30pm. The Cheer Fund provides toys, books and other items for needy children during the holiday season. The Cheer Fund receives hundreds of bikes, many of which need to be repaired before they can be given to families in need. The Bike Co-op helps out with this worthwhile program by providing the tools, workshop and volunteer assistance to repair bikes.

We need volunteers to assist with getting bikes ready to be donated to children. This includes cleaning, assessing and repairing bikes,  airing up tires, and moving and organizing bikes. Volunteers of all skill levels are welcome.

Please come to the Co-op on Tuesday, December 2nd from 6:00 – 8:30pm and/or Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:00 – 8:30pm to help get the Cheer Fund bikes ready in time to be delivered to the needy children of Bartholomew County for the holidays. We’ll have a great time for a great cause!

If you have any questions about the program or our volunteer needs, please e-mail us at info@bikeco-op.org.

Cheer Fund 2014

Grant-a-Wish 2014

The Heritage Fund is once again operating the Grant-A-Wish program, with local community partners MainSource Bank & Elwood Staffing. They will provide a dollar-for-dollar match* (!!) for gifts on the Wish List, doubling the impact of your gift! So please give today!

This year, we submitted these wishes:

Wish 23:  $20 would purchase a bike light set (a front white light and a rear red light) to provide visibility and safety to individuals who will be riding their bicycle when it is dark outside.

Wish 24:  $30 would purchase a bike helmet for an individual who has earned a bicycle and doesn’t already have a helmet.

Wish 25:  $25 would provide a scholarship for a Traffic Skills 101 course participant.

We were able to use donations from the 2013 Grant-a-Wish program to provide lights and helmets to Earn-a-Bike participants and to purchase a display board and banner to help us promote awareness of the Bicycle Co-op and its programs. Please help us out by donating generously again this year!

*Up to $15,000 total. Heritage Fund will match up to $500 per individual gift and $1,000 per couple/family/group with a cap of $3,000 for each organization.

Arts & Crafts Workshop on November 21st

Join us for an Arts & Crafts Workshop on Friday, November 21st from 6-8pm. We will teach you how to make jewelry and other crafts out of repurposed bicycle parts and you will get to take home a necklace or bracelet! The suggested donation to attend this workshop is $10, which includes light appetizers and an item of jewelry that you make. This donation will help us to cover the cost of food and jewelry-making items such as clasps and beads that we would not normally have at the Bicycle Co-op.
Please join our event on Facebook or e-mail us at info@bikeco-op.org if you plan to attend.

See our event poster here:

ArtsCraftsWorkshopNov21

Photo contest

Share a photo of you and/or your friends at the Columbus Bicycle Co-op for a chance to win a $20 gift card for a local bike shop (Bicycle Station OR Columbus Cycling & Fitness).

JUMP Bike Coop photo contest

The top 5 Photos will be re-posted on Facebook by the Columbus Bicycle Co-op – the picture with the most likes wins. Pictures must be received by Sept 15th 2014. Prize must be picked up at the Columbus Bicycle Co-op. Contest ends Sept 30th 2014.

Send us your pictures by e-mail at info@bikeco-op.org, on Facebook or drop off a hard copy at the Bike Co-op

*Photo taken by CJ Chandler at our Open House, Feb 20th 2014. Contact him at carl.chandler117@gmail.com.