A Day at the 816 Bike Collective
Who We Are
We are a collective of individuals from diverse backgrounds working on a volunteer basis to rescue, repair and redistribute bicycles. We play a vital role for low income commuters in the Kansas City area, though we serve absolutely anyone who is open to the freedom that comes with learning how to fix your own bicycle, embraces our DIY recycled-bike model or cannot afford for-profit bike shop prices. We believe in empowerment through education and support the use of bicycles as a healthy and ecological means of transportation.
The New Hub
The 816 Bicycle Collective purchased outright three under-loved buildings at the corner of 31st and Cherry. This affords us the unique opportunity to take ownership of our future and implement the programming we’ve always dreamed of. In addition to the new home of The 816, these buildings will provide space for other likeminded non-profits and businesses to sustain the operations of the buildings. This, in effect, will make us less dependent on grants, philanthropic donations, and institutional sponsorship, allowing us to employ sustainable practices and continue our growth as a hub for the cycling community.
Why We Need Your Help
The strength of The 816 rests entirely on the shoulders of our unpaid members and volunteers, most of whom, are below the poverty line. Over the past five years, our members have tirelessly sacrificed their time to help this organization sustain its programming. Every member has had to learn how to refine their particular skills to further the mission of our organization without any consideration of compensation. Seeing those less fortunate empowered through mobility keeps us motivated. Although morale is high and the valiant efforts of our members persist, our current space greatly limits our capacity to help people and prohibits us from being open more than two days a week. However, a recent turn of events has invigorated the capacity of the collective. We have been fortunate enough to acquire the help of Jamie P. Jefferies, a generous licensed contractor. He has agreed to help us complete our project and has already donated over $25,000.00 in-kind for the rehabilitation of our buildings. We need $82,816.00 to get all three buildings re-roofed and up to code by spring of 2014. Now we need you to join our efforts. With your help, and under Jamie’s guidance, we can realize our goal and begin to serve our community together more effectively.
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