holiday bike drive
It’s way too early for us to start talking about Christmas, but we’ll make an exception for this story.
Today in east Portland the non-profit Community Cycling Center will pick up $10,000 worth of new bikes from The Lumberyard. The CCC’s Melinda Musser says the donation will include 32 “high quality” BMX bikes.
Musser says the “unprecedented” donation will help kick-start the organization’s annual Holiday Bike Drive and provide a new fleet of bikes to use in their kids programs next year. The CCC runs summer camps and bike safety programs in neighborhoods where some families can’t afford to buy bikes. And in December the CCC will give away about 300 bikes at their 20th annual Holiday Bike Drive.
Watch out Portland, there are a few hundred new bike riders in town!
The 19th annual Holiday Bike Drive took place over the weekend and the Community Cycling Center provided 300 bicycles to children from throughout the region. The kids are referred to the event by the CCC’s social service partners. They also got free helmets and lots of advice and training on how to ride safely.
It’s quite an undertaking to make this event happen smoothly every year, but the CCC has it down to a science. Of course it doesn’t heart to have a big crew of dedicated volunteers. Among the folks who showed up to lend their support yesterday were Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer. (more…)
This is definitely our favorite ice cream charity partnership ever.
The Community Cycling Center’s 18th annual Holiday Bike Drive took place on Sunday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in north Portland. The event brings together dozens of volunteers who set up low-income families with nearly 400 shiny refurbished bicycles and tricycles. In many ways, the event is a rite of passage for the kids and the volunteers — both of whom aren’t likely to ever forget the experience. (more…)
The Community Cycling Center’s annual Holiday Bike Drive took place on Sunday. The event is a cherished tradition here in Portland as it brings together the community in a way that no other event does. Beyond simply giving out free bikes, the CCC carefully chooses recipients based on those in need. All the families that take part are referred to the event by a partnering social service program and the kids are given a full complement of accessories and skills education to go along with their bike.
According to CCC Communications Manager Melinda Musser, 412 children received bikes on Saturday and — underscoring the CCC’s success in broadening the reach of bicycling in our community — there were 18 languages represented. (more…)
(Photos: Britt Appleton/CCC)
The Community Cycling Center held their 16th annual Holiday Bike Drive yesterday. The event connected over 400 kids from low-income families with a newly refurbished bike, a helmet, basic safety education and most importantly, the freedom and sheer joy that comes with having your own two wheels.
We weren’t at the event this year, but the CCC shared a few photos of the happy kids (taken by Britt Appleton): (more…)
With a press release that exclaims, “The Portland “Snowpocalypse” can’t keep us from getting kids on bikes!”, the Community Cycling Center (CCC) has announced plans to hold a sequel to their annual Holiday Bike Drive this weekend.
The event will hope to bring biking’s goodness to more than 350 kids who couldn’t attend the original Bike Drive on December 14th, which was cut short by a snow storm. The CCC promises it will be “the same great event, just a little over a month later.” (more…)
The Community Cycling Center‘s annual Holiday Bike Drive was all set for another successful day of making bike dreams come true for over 500 low-income Portland-area kids…but that was before the big storm hit.
As the weather worsened on the day of the event (last Sunday), staffers decided to cut it short, leaving about 350 kids without new bikes.
Now, the CCC is gearing up for a Holiday Bike Drive sequel for January. An announcement on their website states, “We will spend the next few weeks organizing volunteers and staff, coordinating with social service agencies and families, and fundraising like crazy to pull the whole thing off.”
The sequel event is expected to cost about $3,000 in staff time and supplies to pull off.
To learn more and to send a donation, visit the support page at CommunityCyclingCenter.org.
at the Holiday Bike Drive yesterday.
(Photo by Chad Berkley)
The event is their largest of the year and volunteers had readied well over 500 bikes to give to low-income kids. CCC communications director Alison Hill-Graves sent us an email with the following recap:
“We had a smaller, yet still incredible event despite that pesky storm. We had kids coming in until 3:30 and we still had staff and volunteers around to help. We ended up loading up about 400 bikes and getting them back up to North Portland where we keep them. We plan some kind of alternative event in January.”