Ohio City Bicycle Co-op

April Social Ride: poetic places

Written by Joshua Goran
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:42

april fourth, 2015 social ride: Poetic Places

To pay proper notice to National Poetry Month,

In this cruelest month, we'll visit poetic places.  

We'll be let in early to the Eastman Reading Garden

Before the lunching season opens, officially,

To read Maya Lin's brother Tan's

Abstract brass and granite words on her sculpture.

After passing, the Erie St. Cemetery;

where many poets are certainly buried (or should be)

we drop down by the temple of lost love

and rise up literary to see about d.a. levy

where the city is painted with fading lines on a bridge.

Six Steps Down by the timeless market,

We pass where Daniel Thompson read his junk;

And say good bye to Hart Crane at a statue

By some guy, by the still-crooked river.

--  route map here

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 22:16 )

We're Hiring a Volunteer Coordinator!

Written by Joshua Goran
Friday, 06 March 2015 13:04

Starting immediately, OCBC is accepting applications for a Volunteer Coordinator. If you (or someone you know) enjoy working with people, bicycles, and would like to be part of our goals to revamp, improve, and expand our volunteer system at OCBC, please read on!

Primary responsibilities

  • Develop OCBC’s existing volunteering program, improving recruitment, retention, and utilization of volunteers;
  • Engage volunteers in educational and rewarding work while ensuring necessary tasks are completed competently and efficiently;
  • Manage volunteer database and communications;
  • Work with existing Key Volunteer committee to develop and improve consistent volunteer incentive programs;
  • Organize/help staff off-site events along with volunteers;
  • Work collaboratively with other staff and Board of Trustees to achieve organizational goals;

Minimum qualifications

  • Experience in volunteer coordination, organizing, or a related field;
  • Comfort working with diverse populations of all ages and backgrounds, including those with special needs;
  • Exceptional people skills/unending patience;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects independently to achieve short, medium, and long term goals;
  • Computer proficiency (including word processing and social media);
  • Good writing skills;
  • Comfort speaking in front of/directing individuals and groups, both small and large

Preferred qualifications

  • Spanish and/or other language skills;
  • Bicycle mechanic experience;
  • Web database management experience;
  • Familiarity with MailChimp/similar email programs;
  • Existing connections within the Greater Cleveland cycling community;
  • Experience with OCBC as a volunteer, member, and/or student

Our ideal candidate would have volunteer coordination AND bicycle shop mechanic experience. A primary goal is to develop systems to efficiently utilize volunteers to perform more of our bicycle refurbishing work (with staff oversight and inspection, of course), which will make volunteering more rewarding for both our volunteers and OCBC.

This position is full-time, with flextime for holidays and health coverage.  The starting salary is $22,000. This is expected to be a permanent position. Hours are somewhat flexible, but our posted open shop hours will usually be required along with some other evenings and weekends for special events.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to info@ohiocitycycles.org with the subject line “VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR POSITION”. The position is open until it is filled, and interested applicants should apply ASAP. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:35 )

Co-op Accepts $30,000 Grant from Coca-Cola Foundation at Winter Expo

Written by Jim Sheehan
Thursday, 04 December 2014 18:59

We're pleased to be joined at this year's Winter Expo by Jennifer Richmond, Director of Public Affairs & Communications for Coca-Cola North America Group to personally present a donation to OCBC Earn A Bike program.   Here are the details, and some background, from our press release:

At the 7:30 intermission during the Winter Expo Fashion Show, OCBC Director Jim Sheehan and Board President Krissie Wells will accept a giant check from the Coca-Cola Foundation to fund a significant expansion of the group’s Earn A Bike program, which enables Cleveland area youth to gain bike repair and safe riding skills while they earn a donated, used bike that they help refurbish, along with a new helmet and lock.

“We’re excited to have Coca-Cola’s  great support of the youth education program that OCBC was founded around, just at a time when we are ready for a major expansion; now that we have settled into our big new facility, added staff and an energetic core crew of key volunteers, and have established strong partnerships in the community,” said Sheehan.

“For 128 years Coca-Cola has brought people and communities together,” said Randy Cornette, Director of Sales and Marketing for Cleveland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. “Today, we’re continuing that tradition by building programs to promote energy balance and encourage active, healthy living. Through collaborative partnerships and programs, Coca-Cola is delivering more beverage choices, calorie information and physical activity opportunities than ever before. Through this Coca-Cola Foundation grant, we have an opportunity to make a real difference right here in Cleveland.”


About the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op

OCBC is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, cooperative bicycle education center offering riding and repair classes; refurbished used bikes for sale or rent; hands-on learning and shop credit for volunteering; and public bike-repair shop use, advice, and assistance.

Co-op membership includes discounts on these and more products and services, and -- along with grants and donations -- supports additional bicycle education programs presented with schools, businesses, social service agencies, and many other partners organizations.


About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company’s portfolio features 17 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke,FantaSpriteCoca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, PoweradeMinute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.


About The Coca-Cola Foundation

Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $660 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, women’s empowerment, active healthy living, and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go tohttp://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/the-coca-cola-foundation.