You may have seen the giant “thermometer” by the classroom stairs gauging our donations from individuals for the year. This $7500 represents less than 5% of our annual budget -- for most non-profits it would be expected to be much more.
We strive for a very diverse array of funding sources, including mission-related earned income from bike sales and service, to fees for educational programs and even valet bike parking service. But they must also include traditional non-profit sources like grants, memberships, and donations.
So we are beginning this end-of-the-"season" appeal for donations, to help put us on a sound financial footing for 2015.
I hope you will consider making a donation to OCBC in these last weeks of the season -- please help us keep building on the great foundation we have established this year!
2014 End-of-Season Campaign Update
First, we would like to thank everyone who has generously responded to this appeal -- your prompt response sent a very heartening message that we must be doing something right. Thank you for both your financial and moral support!
Second, because of the two exciting donations described below, we are extending the closing date for this campaign until Nov. 1st (which is really the end of our "season" anyway), to coincide with the 12th annual Ghost Ride!, our costumed night ride and Halloween party.
Finally, we are pleased to announce two wonderful offers as part of this campaign:
- Steve and Francoise Bingham have generously offered to match up to $1500
donated to this campaign, through the fund they created to
support bike safety education in memory of their daughter Sylvia, after she
was killed by an illegally-turning truck while riding to her job as a Vista volunteer here
5 years ago. Their resolve that Sylvia's death not be in vain is an inspiration. We resolve to use their donation resourcefully toward eliminating avoidable bike traffic fatalities here and everywhere, by refining and sharing our Traffic Skills training materials for cyclists and motorists.
- OCBC trustee Carmen Gambino of Scapegoat Cycleworks has offered a custom-built frame & fork as incentive for folks to donate at least $100. For every $100 donated, a ticket (or tickets!) with the donor's name will be entered in a drawing for this custom-fitted frameset, hand-built by Carmen.
- Additionally, every donation of any amount, will be entered to win an OCBC Membership! Both incentives will be awarded at a drawing held at 8pm during our end-of-season Ghost Ride! on Saturday, November 1st, 2014.
Thanks to all for the valuable support -- and for passing the word about these great offers!
Everyone is invited to join OCBC members and friends for our 11th annual anniversary celebration; with dinner and seasonally-appropriate activities at the co-op, followed by a family-friendly*, costumed, group ride to visit scary places on the Flats and near west side, optionally including the WCSB Masquerade Ball at Cleveland Public Theater!
Who: You! (with a parent, if you are a minor)
What: Potluck dinner and an easy (~8 mile), safe (but otherwise scary), night
ride, with prizes for the best costumed bikes and riders!
Lights and helmets are required; and for sale, cheap, if you need 'em. Bicycle Rentals, if desired, must be reserved in advance (email, call, or visit), and include lights and a helmet. Bike rental is $10/bike (if returning at 10pm to OCBC with the group ride.)
When: Saturday, Nov. 1st, 2014 -- Day of the Dead, the day after Halloween.
Join us for any, or all, of the following:
6:30pm -- Dinner of
OCBC's renowned "vegiscarian" chili, and your potluck side
dishes (optional, but encouraged -- and please bring your own beverages if you'd like anything other than coffee or cold water). Halloween games and activities (bring your leftover Jack-o-Lantern to show off, and then smash on our compost pile!)
7:30pm -- Ride assembles: costume and Jack-o-Lantern contests (judged by popular acclaim).
8pm -- Drawing for Scapegoat Frameset and OCBC membership from pool of donors to our 2014 End-of-Season Campaign.
8:10pm -- Ride leaves as a group to visit scary places in the
Flats and near west side (riding legally, and with plenty of ghostly chaperones; so no one will be "dropped").
9pm --- Visit the FREE WCSB
masquerade ball at Cleveland Public Theater (6415 Detroit
Rd.), or play some foot-down outside with the kids!
9:15pm Group ride back to OCBC -- or stay to attend the WCSB Ball and ride home on your own or back to OCBC anytime until 1am (any cars of those who choose to stay at the WCSB Ball should be parked outside OCBC's gate, which will be locked at 10:10pm).
10pm Group ride arrives back at OCBC. Go home, or back to the WCSB Ball (if you forgot where to park your car).
Where: Start and finish at the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op, 1840 Columbus Rd. (Directions here)
Why: OCBC opened our first shop, and moved into our second and third ones, on Halloween weekend. And it's a great evening for a ride (rain or [waxing gibbous moon] shine!).
How much: FREE! (Donations and pot-luck dishes are appreciated!)
*Children under 16 must ride with an adult, who may accompany up to three kids -- on the ride, please, not just to the start. (Sorry, this is ride is not for training-wheel riders: you should
see How to Ride a Bike and get some practice in first.)
Please join us on Saturday, December 5th 2014, 6-9pm
Last Winter we combined our 3rd
annual Bike-art Show with our 9th annual Winter Cycling Symposium: the
result of this mash-up was Cleveland’s first on-bike runway fashion show. Yes, that meant models on bikes riding around
inside the shop. Lots of folks showed up and had a great time, so we are doing it again.
The back story:
Our Bike-art show was a chance for folks to make art and crafts from the tons of scrap we generate each year; or conventional artwork in any medium, as long as it has a bicycle theme, or elements, or some loose artistic association. The idea is to sell the stuff to raise some money for the co-op, and some for the artists.
Our Winter Cycling Symposium has always been an informal information exchange of winter riding tips and tricks – but since those discussions always seemed to get stuck on the topic of clothing, accessories, and other gear, we thought we should give folks a chance to peruse, use, and purchase some of that stuff. Also, there are a bunch of OCBC members and friends already making custom bike gear, and we figured it would look better modeled on bikes rather than just hanging on the wall.
So we expanded our definition of “art” to include, “anything you can use on a bike,” and the definition of “Symposium” to include, “fashion show.” Keeping with tradition though, “winter” still means, “cold weather” and “bike” still means, “thing with pedals.”
Here’s how it works:
Beginning at 6pm with a light buffet dinner (beer and wine available for a modest donation), everyone will have a chance to look over the basket raffle items and visit tables with some DIY demos and our friends from local bike shops with cool (or warm!) winter-cycling products they'll be offering for sale. Our advocacy partners from Bike Cleveland will be on hand as well, with information on bike infrastructure projects, and their very fashionable new T-shirts for sale.
At 7pm the runway show will begin, with models modeling auction items and some select products from local bike shops.
The basket raffle will close at 8:15pm. Winners need not be present
If there is snow, we'll have Bike Skis and studded snow tires to try out, and if not we'll play a game of foot-down or something. There will be another chance to demo winter gear on the next morning's Social Ride to the Christmas Story House -- and do some caroling!
This event is free to attend, but it is a fundraiser for the co-op, so please bring some cash (or checks or card) to bid on what promises to be an eclectic collection of distinctive, innovative winter cycling gear and great gift prizes. Donations for dinner, and beer and wine, are also appreciated. All proceeds will benefit the bike co-op’s educational mission to “help people use bikes.”
For more details email Info@OhioCityCycles.org