Thanks to one of our friends and supporters for sending this video. This organization is doing amazing work in Nashville and it inspires me to continue to help kids here in Southern California so that hopefully one day we’ll be able to have a program as large and as impact-full as this!
We have received a number bike donations, but we are in need of a repair day to get all of these bikes ready for more kids. Please join us on June 29th at the San Dimas Incycle for a Rehab Day from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m. While we will have a few bike giveaways on this day, the primary focus will be on rehab. That means that we need as many hands as possible to assist us with the work. If you want to get a ride in prior to the event, we will be leaving at 6:45a.m. from Incycle to ride out to South Pasadena to join the Montrose Ride and then will return to San Dimas via the ride. It’s approximately 45 miles round trip and we normally return about 9:45.
What if we told you that a portion of every dollar you spent online could be donated back to One More Move? Well, that’s exactly what we want to happen but we need your help! Just use our website, www.Buy4OMM.com to access all of your favorite online stores and a portion of your purchase will be donated back us with no additional cost to you. Did you buy flowers from Proflowers.com or chocolate covered strawberries from Berries.com for Mother’s Day? If so, 4% of your total could have been donated back to us. It’s just that simple. Go go www.Buy4OMM.com and use our website to gain access to all those stores.
We will be part of the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition’s “Bike Week Block Party Kickoff event next Saturday in Pomona from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We will be offering minor bike repairs along with spreading the word about One More Move and our mission to help kids. If you have some free time next Saturday, we can use a few volunteers to assist us with bike repairs and staff information table. The even also will include bicycle related art and other fun activities.
Yes, our first funding project has been approved by Google for their new One Today fundraising campaign. Our first project is to fight Childhood Obesity with a Bike. Our goal is to give away at least 100 bikes before the start of the next school year. It’s a big task, but one I know that we’re more than capable of achieving. Our fundraising goal is $3,000 which would raise enough funds to give away 150 bikes with helmets. That represents 3,000 donations of $1 each. You can help by going to the Google website for One Today and requesting to be part of the pilot project. Android users will be the first to receive it and iOS should follow soon after. Then spread the word to your friends and family, get them to download the app, and then challenge them to match your $1 donation.
If you are a regular reader of our updates, you may recall a few months ago when I mentioned that we were approved by Google as a Google Non-Profit. While many of the benefits to this are behind the scenes such as access to Google’s mail, drives, documents and other business services for free, they also offer grants and fundraising assistance, and we hope to have our first project approved very soon. Just last week Google announced a new program called, “One Today.” One Today is an app for your phone, currently only available on android devices, but will soon be released on iOS and other platforms. With the One Today app users can view non-profit projects and choose to donate $1 via Google Wallet. Since this is an entirely new endeavor by Google, I am not sure how it will work out, but I’m excited that One More Move has the opportunity to be a part of it. We will be sure to let you know once our project is approved. And if you absolutely can’t wait, you can always make a direct donation using the link on the right side of the page. We hope to raise $3,000 through this project and donate at least 100 bikes before the start of the next school year to help fight childhood obesity.
On April 13th we hosted an event in Inglewood in partnership with the Training and Research Foundation to provide some bikes to deserving kids. We were on site to not only give away bikes, but also make sure the kids gained some knowledge of bike repairs and safety. It was a wonderful event for everyone involved and more than 20 kids went home bikes and helmets. Being able to provide bikes to these kids means that everyone goes home with a smile on their face.
One More Move is also thrilled to be part of the Bike Week Block Party Kickoff event at the Pomona Art Walk on Saturday May 11th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event is hosted by the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition and many other great organizations such as the Ontario Wheelhouse will be there was well to offer bike safety instruction, repairs, food and drink. There will also be bike-inspired art on display for everyone to see. One More Move will be there to offer bike repairs and provide information regarding our giveaway programs. Whether you’d like to assist with repairs or just want to bring the family down for a fun afternoon, we hope to see you there.
The person who had offered to tow our trailer out to Inglewood for the event has just found out he has to work on that date and will not be able to tow the trailer. If you can assist us with towing the trailer to Inglewood and back, please let us know as soon as possible. Otherwise, we may be forced to change the date or the location which we really do not want to do. Thank you.
Our next event has been scheduled for April 13, 2013 and will take place in Inglewood. This is an opportunity for all of you who live west of the San Gabriel Valley to help out at an event a little closer to home. We are partnering with another non-profit organization to provide bikes to a bunch of kids in their program. What’s even better is that this event will include the parents and the children working on the bikes to perform some repairs and to learn more about bike maintenance. That means we need as many volunteers as possible to provide guidance to these families as many will be eager to help, but will need assistance on what to do. We will provide the exact location once we get closer to the event, but for now, please try to set some time aside on this date to lend your assistance. We are also working on some more events to take place in May through the summer if you can’t attend this one.
Wow, our team of volunteers and businesses came through this week in such a monstrous way. Thank you to Craig, Mike, Alan and Ralph for running around town to pick up bikes and thank you to Pacific Lifeline and Dahon Bikes for going out of your way to ensure today’s giveaway with California Hospital Medical Center was perfect. Every event we do is special and the smiles on each child’s face is priceless, but today was something very special for me. One More Move along with some very generous people at the hospital were able to give Christmas to a family that most certainly would have gone without this year. So often we think we have it rough and that things don’t always go our way, but once in awhile we get hit over the head with a reminder of just how easy we have it. Today was one of those days for me and being able to provide bikes to the 6 kids, along with helping them with their helmets and riding around in the small little parking lot behind their apartment building was awesome. None of it would be possible without everyone’s help and I thank you for that. I hope everyone has a great Christmas and we’ll be updating everyone with our plans for 2013 very shortly. And don’t forget to scroll down and read the post on “What’s Your One More Move?”