Ohio City Bicycle Co-op

2016 Winter Cycling Festival

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Written by Eric Gearhart
Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:22

Get advanced tickets with Paypal through our event signup page here!


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 November 2016 21:04 )

Cleveland Refugee Bike Project Fundraiser

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Written by Eric Gearhart
Thursday, 10 November 2016 11:46

Cleveland Refugee Bike Project surpasses goal, aims higher: please help us double our impact!
Last Thursday's event at Platform Beer Company raised more than 1/4 of the money then needed to reach our initial goal of $7,863 to provide 50 refugees in Cleveland with bikes and safe cycling training. That was before a matching donation of $5000 from the Cleveland Climate Action Fund was awarded, so now we are aiming to raise an additional $769 to reach the maximum capacity of 100 refugees that this pilot project can accommodate.  

If donations surpass this now very attainable goal, we will plan to apply any surplus towards additional equipment -- beyond the already included helmets, locks, and lights -- to make these bikes even more useful for the refugees who receive them. Racks, fenders, and basic tools like pumps, tire levers, and wrenches; and needed supplies like a bottle of chain oil and a spare tube, will help ensure they can readily use the training this project provides to bike wherever they need to go confidently, safely, and with dignity. 

Update: by the morning of 11/16 when Tim and I (Jim) appeared on WCPN's Sound of Ideas show, we had met our "stretch" goal of $13,013.  Now all of the donations received will go to "upgrade" the bikes with the accessories mentioned above. With our standard partner group discount that would total $7700 for 100 bikes. This does not include labor for installation, or additional How to Fix a Flat training, which is not part of the Traffic Skills Intro curriculum.

Please help this important project exceed all our expectations by donating athttps://www.ioby.org/project/cleveland-refugee-bike-project
 -- and please share this project with your friends and colleagues.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 November 2016 14:42 )

"Farewell" from Erin, current volunteer coordinator

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Written by Eric Gearhart
Friday, 23 September 2016 15:51

Dear folks,

I will be leaving OCBC to pursue a career in education, specifically becoming a classroom teacher. My work here has been really influential in that decision, since working with people (volunteers, students, shop-users, and customers alike) and helping them to understand something new is my favorite part of the job. I intend to go back to school in January and work toward getting my teaching license.

My experiences at OCBC have been eye-opening, in many ways. I’ve learned a lot and gained many skills: how to work on a bike, how to staff events, how to manage work flow, how to work with non-profit/community partners, and much more. In my opinion, the most important personal skill I’ve developed is how to recognize the skills present in every individual, and how to work with and support them. OCBC is a place where anybody can come to help out and I am grateful to have gotten to work alongside so many awesome people.

Between now and January, I will have consistent presence at OCBC, helping to hire a new volunteer coordinator and train that person for the role. I will also be transitioning into working as a substitute teacher, to practice classroom management and help decide what age group I’d like to teach. Hopefully I’ll teach a little yoga on the side (fingers crossed!). In the future, I will continue to be involved as a volunteer, specifically with the shop classes and whatever else the new volunteer coordinator needs me for!

Thank you all for reading and for working with me at OCBC. I truly appreciate my time spent here and the friendships I’ve made.

Sincerely,
Erin

Last Updated ( Friday, 23 September 2016 15:53 )
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