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.
The bike donations are coming in, but we still need more to fulfill all the needs we have from families! The rehab work will start at 10:00a.m. and we have asked the families to hold off until noon for the giveaway portion of the event. That gives us 2 hours to complete a ton of work. I hope that many of you can join us. Lunch and treats will be provided for all volunteers!
Also, we are still looking for people who can assist us the weekend of May 3rd and 4th. We have a major outreach event planned and need volunteers to assist us Saturday evening along with Sunday morning, afternoon and evening. You can help out for even a couple of hours during one of those periods, it would be a tremendous help!
Please don’t forget that our next event is April 12th from 10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. at the San Dimas Incycle. We need all hands on deck right at 10:00a.m. as we will be inviting families from our waiting list to start picking up bikes at noon. The first two hours of the event will be critical. As always, lunch will be provided for all the volunteers.