October '17 Newsletter

2017 OctoberBfW is supporting more than a dozen project around the world, including a couple great ones right here at home! This month we look at how Phoenix Bikes is changing lives right here in Arlington.

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Bikes for the World Seeks New Board Members

 

Bikes for the World (BfW) seeks additional members for its Board of Directors. The six current Directors anticipate identifying and electing as many as three to four new Board members in the Fall of 2017, with the objective of strengthening the Board’s ability to guide the organization and enhance its effectiveness and sustainability.

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September '17 Newsletter

2017 SeptemberIn honor of Back To School we took at look at how our bikes are helping teachers in Africa and students in the Philippines. Including an update on a recent graduate named Honey Jane.

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August '17 Newsletter

2017 AugustMiBici operates under FINCA Costa Rica and serves as a micro-finance program for rural villages in Costa Rica. Under this program our bikes are actually changing lives outside of just transportation. Find out how bikes help farmers, convenience store owners, and sheep breeders like Maria.

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July '17 Newsletter

2017 JulyVillage Bicycle Project has been a BfW partner since our beginning in 2005. Since that time the program has expanded to include Ghana and Sierra Leone with a huge focus on empowering women with bicycles.  We took a deeper look into this program this month.

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June '17 Newsletter

2017 JuneOutreach Coordinator Yvette Hess took a vacation to Barbados earlier this year and she dropped in on our project there which highlights the arts. She brings us a full report of what they are up to and why this program is so important. Read on.

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Tom Ford- Goodwill Panama

Remembering Tom Ford

Tom FordThe Bikes for the World community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Tom Ford, chairman of the board of our long-time partner, the Panamanian Association of Goodwill Industries (Goodwill Panama).

On behalf of the Bikes for the World community, I have communicated my deepest condolences to Tom's widow Julee, as well as to Goodwill Panama executive director Sheila Sanchez and board chair Ariel San Martin.

Tom, an engineer by training, was a long-time resident of Panama. In the 1970's, he joined with local businesspeople to found Goodwill Panama to provide educational alternatives and employable skills for troubled and disadvantaged youth. He served for many years on the board of directors of the U.S.-based Goodwill International. He was a long-time Rotarian, the founder of a scholarship fund to further the education and employment of the blind, and in his professional and personal life, an exemplar of integrity and commitment to helping others.

Tom Ford with beneficiariesGoodwill Panama incorporated bicycles into its program beginning in 2000, and in 2005 approached the newly-formed Bikes for the World to continue and expand the program. Since that time, Bikes for the World has donated 22,261 bicycles, and some 100 portable sewing machines, making Goodwill Panama our second-largest recipient.

Through this long collaboration, Tom became a personal friend, and I and many others will greatly miss him.

-Keith Oberg

Director Bikes for the World

May '17 Newsletter

2017 MayWow! When we partnered up with the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek we had no idea what we were in for! This crew collected so many bikes in 2017 that we had to schedule a loading right there at the collection site. Check it out.

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We've MOVED!

ware174Bikes for the World has a new home! After years of jumping from place to place just barely escaping the wrecking ball that seemed to haunt our every move...BfW now has a semi-permanent address to call our own.

It's been a somewhat 'gypsy' existence taking advantage of donated or concessional space over the past decade or more, but the time has come to set down a few roots. Either that or there were no more abandoned buildings (or prisons) to take over.

So now, we are back in Montgomery County after a few years hiatus, this time with a five year paid lease. Read: We're sticking around for a while!

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April '17 Newsletter

2017 aprilWe are excited to see our latest container arriving in Sierra Leone, but the big news this month is about our recent move! That's right, Bikes for the World is back in Montgomery County. Check out where we are now.

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