Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient
“I began to understand how a place like BRV keeps its doors open through grant writing, membership and new ventures like Bike Recycle Designs. There is definitely a need for places like BRV in the community.”
I think my biggest successes over the summer were piloting two weekly programs that were completely new for the shop. For one of them, my co-worker Hannah and I created a six week series where every Thursday night from 7 to 9pm, the shop was open for anybody who identifies as female to come in and work on bikes! They could work on their own bike, or work on one of our repairs. They could use our tools, and Hannah and I would be around to answer questions or give advice. Every week, we had between 8 and 15 women drop in, of all abilities. Some were looking to get involved with the shop from a service perspective, while others were going on bike trips and looking to arm themselves with basic mechanic skills. What everyone had in common, was their desire to become more familiar with a bike from a repair perspective.
- Date September 1, 2013
- Tags 2013, Preston, Social Service, Sophomore, USA