On Saturday October 18th we had our first bike drive with the men’s ministry of Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills. We spent the morning at Calvary Chapel meeting new people, collecting bikes, and refurbishing a few. The members of Calvary Chapel were incredibly generous in donating 32 bikes and some funds to help us meet the needs of more kids. To cap off the weekend, one of the men continued working throughout the weekend and gathered another 17 bikes for us, for a total of 49 over the weekend. We are busting at the seams for storage capacity once again and we will be scheduling several rehab days very soon to get these bikes back out into the community.
A few months back we finalized a partnership with Republic Services to return used bikes to the communities they serve. On Friday October 3, 2014, we had our first giveaway event with them at the Salvation Army in Inglewood. Elected officials from the City and the two Lieutenants responsible for the center were on hand the this great event. We provided some great kids with some bikes and we definitely look forward to hosting more events with Republic Services in the future. Here’s the link to the photo album of the event.
Don’t forget, Christmas and the holidays are coming soon, and this is the busiest time of the year for us. We will be scheduling some dates very soon for rehab days to prepare for all the festivities. And don’t forget, you can help raise money for us by using www.Buy4OMM.com for all of your online purchase, regardless of the website you want to purchase from!
Alright, I realize that we still have 4 months until Christmas, but we are already starting to make preparations for Christmas. Last year we partnered with the Purist Group and Dahon Bikes to provide new bikes to lots of kids at CCV and California Hospital Medical Center, and we of course want to make this year’s event even larger! While our mission will always remain to provide refurbished bikes, we also enjoy being able to provide some new bikes for Christmas and now is a great time to start shopping. If you are interested in donating a new bike or the funds for us a purchase a new bike, please use the donation button on the right hand side or use the Contact link at the top of the page.
A reminder that we are having a major rehab event on July 12th from 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. behind the San Dimas Incycle. Our goal for the day is to refurbish at least 100 bikes, so we need as many volunteers as possible. Lunch and drinks will be provided to all who volunteer. Please do not feel obligated if you cannot come the entire time. Even helping for an hour or two will make a huge difference!
Additional event details may be found here.
If you aren’t interested in riding in the Plain Wrap Ride, you can still help raise money for One More Move and participate in a fantastic event. As part of the event, there are two support stations to support riders with food and drinks along the route. One site needs volunteers from 8:30 – 10:30am and the second site needs volunteers from 9:30 – 11:30am. A donation will be made to One More Move for every volunteer that signs up through us. Reply here or contact Matt directly (email@example.com) for details.
Save the date of July 12th for our largest rehab event to date. We have over 100 bikes in our inventory and we need to get at least 100 of them ready to be given away. The final details are in the works, but we are looking at the normal time from of a mid-morning start (9 or 10am to about 2pm). It will be great if we can get 50 or more volunteers out to help us to make this go smoothly and quickly.
June 14th is the Plain Wrap Ride hosted by Coates Cyclery and Citizens Business Bank. For the nominal entry fee of just $25, you and your friends and family can go on various rides between 14 and 60 miles. What’s even better is that $10 of your $25 fee will go back into the inland empire cycling community to programs such as One More Move. This event is first class and is one you don’t want to miss. You can register here or check out the promotion video we made here.
Tonight we had a great first evening at CCV. We collected 25 bikes and many of them are in excellent shape and will need very little work before we can give them out to some great kids. We are excited and nervous for tomorrow as the generosity from the members at CCV might create a bike storage issue for us. Anyone have some warehouse space or storage units we can use for a bit?
We are still in need of volunteers for our Bike Drive on May 3rd and 4th. Please let us know ASAP if you can help even for just a few hours. We need to staff the following locations:
- May 3rd – 4:30-7:30pm in San Dimas
- May 4th – 8:30am-1:30pm in San Dimas
- May 4th – 9:15am-1:30pm in San Dimas
- May 4th – 8:30am-1:00pm in Rancho Cucamonga
- May 4th – 10:30am-1:00pm in Covina
- May 4th – 5:15pm-7:30pm in San Dimas
Even if you can only help for a couple of hours at one of these locations it would be a tremendous help!
When we decided that we wanted to make 2014 EXTRAORDINARY, we had to pause for a moment to think of what that involved. Sure, the obvious answer was to give more bikes to more kids to positively impact more lives. But, how do we want to do that?
Goal #1 – Do a better job of marketing our program to get the word out to more families and more kids. Based on the first quarter of this year, that has been a success.
Goal #2 – Find a way to get more bikes. We are working on that now with our bike drive with CCV along with developing an agreement with a large trash hauler to collect bikes.
Goal #3 – Raise enough funds to purchase more helmets and more parts for increase in kids and bikes in our program.
With these 3 goals in mind, we also have a wish list that will help make all of this come together in a more permanent manner. We are seeking assistance from individuals, community groups or corporations, that may assist us in bringing our wish list to reality.
- Warehouse space for storage of at least 100 bikes. Incycle Bicycles has been very generous in offering us space, but as we expand our program we really need a large dedicated space to store bikes during the rehab process.
- Workshop space to rehab bikes and offer regularly scheduled maintenance days to kids in the community.
- Fundraising specialist – An individual or organization that has experience and can assist us with in raising funds for organization.
If you or someone you know can help us with our wish list, please contact us.
CCV, with locations in San Dimas and Rancho Cucamonga, is hosting a bike donation drive for us on May 3rd and 4th. Today they released their first public outreach notice and it brought a sense of reality to this whole project. You see, CCV has a membership base of more than 5,000 and it may be 6 or 7,000 now, and they don’t do many things on a small-scale. For Thanksgiving each year their membership donates enough food to feed thousands. For Christmas their membership donates enough toys to host a Christmas store for more than 2,000 children. Just a couple of examples of the large-scale that they take on with their events. In the 3 years that OMM has been in existence, we have struggled to collect bikes and have many times run out of bikes while kids waited on a long list. Our largest giveaway to date has been about 60 bikes, but most are 20-25. Well, May 3rd and 4th has the potential to change everything! While we have no idea how many bikes may be donated, it has the potential to be in the hundreds. Storing these bikes, repairing them and giving them out will need to be done on a whole new level. We are incredibly excited for this and I believe it’s going to be an amazing weekend and help us take OMM to the next level.
We still need some help on May 3rd and 4th to volunteer at the various CCV locations to collect bikes and share information about OMM. If you have a few hours to help us on one of these dates, please let me know. We will also likely need some people with trucks and/or trailers that may be able to help us transport all the bikes.