Omaha Gives! Day is next week, and I want to tell you why the Community Bike Project should be one of the local nonprofits to receive your hard-earned dollars.
If you want to support immigrants and refugees, you should donate to the Community Bike Project. Immigrants are twice as likely to travel by bike as US-born Americans. The Community Bike Project offers a free space for bike maintenance and help, with low-cost new and recycled parts to keep bikes working–and we serve an incredibly diverse population, daily. We have Spanish-speaking staff and volunteers, and are working to translate documents into other common languages in the Omaha immigrant community.
If you care about kids learning healthy habits, you should donate to the Community Bike Project. I could probably throw some statistics in here about how kids are spending more time indoors and in front of screens, but we all know how it is. We inspire kids to get out and ride, and equip them with the stuff and the skills to do it safely. We also provide a safe place to hang out after school, and could pass on stories from kids we’ve worked with who say we’ve made a real difference in their lives (in fact, you might find one of those now-adult kids still hanging around, volunteering).
If you care about socioeconomic equality, you should donate to the Community Bike Project. We treat everyone with the same level of respect, and understand that there are many different reasons why people choose to get around by bike. We support all of them.
If you want to make a big impact and reach as many folks as possible with your dollars, you should give to the Community Bike Project on Omaha Gives! Day (May 22nd). We truly are a community space, open to all, in service to everyone.