July '16 Newsletter

July 2016An upate from a student in the Philippines named Rodelyn. Find out how students from her elementary school learned to ride bikes through our partner Bikes for the Philippines in this month's newsletter.

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We're Hiring

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Operations Assistant

will report to the Operations Manager, and will assist the Operations Manager in the maintenance of Bikes for the World's warehouse and in the loading and shipment of donations of bicycles and parts destined for overseas destinations. More...

Program Officer

will be responsible for interactions with overseas partners. More...

June '16 Newsletter

June 2016Another HUGE weekend that involves too many bikes, two loadings, and a call to 911. Check out the fun read this month that includes a peek into our partner program in Barbados.

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In Barbados Bikes Uplift A Community

PCW musicSupporting diverse programs is one of the ways Bikes for the World is able to affect so many lives around the world in a multitude of ways. Our bike project provides affordable transportation, creates jobs, encourages education, and supports adult and youth programs beyond just bikes.

When selecting partners we look at many organizations in many countries doing great work in hundreds of areas. In Barbados we found a partner that is helping to change its community through art based projects. Nearly forty years ago this organization formed, focused almost soley on theatre projects. Today it has evolved to form the backbone of a struggling community.

Pinelands Creative Workshop (PCW) is one of the original Bikes for the World partners. We started shipping to this organization in May of 2005 when we first formed as BfW. Since then we have donated over 11,000 bikes to help support the efforts of this community focused group. This month we will load our 24th container of bikes for Barbados.

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Growth and Expansion

Cumberland Rotary Club and Western MD WheelmenOne weekend, seven collections, 705 bikes! It seems like only last week we were bragging about our biggest collection weekend of the year (it was April 30th to be exact)...but we just knocked that weekend out of that top spot with three very strong collections stretching from western Maryland to Baltimore to Apex, North Carolina.

This year the Cumberland Rotary Club and the Western Maryland Wheelmen braved the rain and braced for a lower turn out at their annual bike collection with BfW. No such thing. They exceeded expectations and collected well over 100 bikes, almost overfilling our rented Penske truck again (they did it once before a couple years ago). Veteran driver Phil Ruth, overcame his own obstacles to help fit all those bikes in the truck before returing to our Arlington VA warehouse. Bungees save the day! Read more about that record weekend...

Also the weekend of May 21st, BfW welcomed new collection partner The Peak United Methodist Church in North Carolina. This collection (also over 100 bikes) really helped ramp up our collection efforts in the Carolinas where we hope to ship a container by the end of the year. Find out more about that Carolina effort on our blog.

The Park Catalog Donates Bike Rack

Wesley FreedomMany thanks to the folks at the Park and Facilities Catalog for the company's donation of a Wave commercial bike rack to Bikes for the World, for use by our Baltimore area coordinator, Jim Mitchell, at long-time collection partner Wesley Freedom United Methodist Church, in Eldersburg MD. A bike parking rack at the church will encourage members of the community to access church services and church-hosted community events by bike. Wesley Freedom UMC has carried out an annual collection solo or by itself going back more than 15 years.

The Park and Facilities Catalog recently published an excellent article on Bikes for the World. The Park and Facilities Catalog is a leading vendor of commercial bike racks, site furnishings, equipment and supplies for public and private community and individual recreational facilities, both bicycle-related and general purpose. Check out the article, and while you're there, see what the Park and Facilities Catalog has to offer for your school, church or facility!

May '16 Newsletter

May 2016The biggest collection weekend of the year included three brand new elementary schools and our top collector of all times. To find out who that is....read the May newsletter!

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Roberto Chavez Tribute

60000 bike bBikes for the World would like to honor long time volunteer Roberto Chavez who lost his battle with cancer on April 5, 2016. Roberto joined Bikes for the World five years ago and lent a hand doing whatever needed done. (Roberto, seen here, loading our 60,000th bike in 2011)

Roberto was born in Monclava, Mexico and trained as an architect/urban planner at the Universidad de Morelos in Mexico and MIT. He retired from the World Bank, where he was dedicated to poverty alleviation.

Following retirement, Roberto joined a committed team of volunteers at Bikes for the World just as Director Keith Oberg was really ramping up efforts to grow the organization. Roberto's contribution to Bikes for the World helped catapult Bikes for the World into becoming the nation's largest bicycle reuse organization.

Roberto drove trucks, helped process and load bikes at Lorton and Springfield, and more recently, as his health waned, volunteered in the BfW office. Roberto was an early supporter of Bikes Not Bombs in the 1980s. He and Keith served together in the 1990s on the board of the Institute for Tranportation and Development Policy.

Our thoughts are with Roberto's family. He was the beloved husband of Ricky Weiss; father of Rebecca Beatriz and Daniel Servando; son of the late Servando Chavez Quezada and Armonia Fernandez Rodriquez; brother of the late Arminda Chavez and Cristina (Francisco) Benitez. Thank you for sharing Roberto with us; his dedication, smile and humor were welcome around our warehouses and his spirit will live on in our work.

April '16 Newsletter

April newsOur spring collection season started out strong with the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek collecting 539 bikes in one event! This newsletter also brings an update from our education project in the Philippines. Read more here.

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Bikes To Honor James McMullen

RLSAAArt students in the Philippines are now commuting to school on bike. Your old bikes are helping students get to school faster and in some cases allowing them to stay enrolled in school. This program with the Regional Lead School of the Arts in Angono (RLSAA) is the first school in the Bikes for Education project through Bikes for the Philippines on the main island group, Luzon, in the Philippines.

Operating a bike project in a country made up of thousands of small islands is a logistical challenge. There are three main island groups in the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. With our latest shipment to the Philippines your old bikes are now serving school districts in all three areas. Continue reading on how Bikes for the Philippines is making this happen...

Bikes for the World would like to acknowledge and thank supporter Betty Scott, who chose Bikes for the World as the beneficiary to honor her late husband James McMullen. McMullen died last May and when Betty found out about our work in the Philippines, where her husband worked in the Peace Corps, she knew this would be something he would want to support.

This container arrived last July and was named in honor of James McMullen. Students enrolled at RLSAA received bikes from this shipment. More bikes are being repaired now and delivered to about a dozen more schools in the Philippines. Generous donations in memory of McMullen will help fund the next two shipments to this program.