Columbia City, Seattle, Wash.
Bike Works, a nonprofit in Columbia City whose mission is to build sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling, has been on the unfortunate receiving end of a series of bike thefts this past month.
After people in the community heard about the more than 20 bikes that had been stolen from its shop, Bike Works received an outpouring of support and donations from the community.
One of those quick responses was from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound, which provided Bike Works with a $10,000 Special Funding grant. Those funds enabled Bike Works to purchase security infrastructure to help keep Bike Works’ resources more secure and to replace some of the stolen bikes.
Many of the bikes that had been stolen were BMX bikes that had been repaired by youth learning bike repair through Bike Works’ classes and programs. The stolen bikes were meant to be given to other young people in need of a bike.
“These recent thefts of bikes from Bike Works were very unfortunate, because the bikes are a necessary element of our programming,” says Bike Works’ Executive Director Deb Salls. “But we are so grateful and full of appreciation for the quick response and ongoing support the Employees Community Fund. It reminds us all that great things can arise out of unfortunate circumstances, and we are so thankful to have seen the community rally on our behalf.”
To learn more about Bike Works or to get involved, go to: http://www.bikeworks.org