It’s been a long ride since The Recyclery Collective started its quest to build a resilient community by repairing used and discarded bicycles for donation to people in need. Although there have been a few moments when it has felt like an endless uphill climb, it has always been a rewarding experience.
All of this could not have happened without our volunteers, passionate people who are the main sources of energy for our programs and who have helped to run this community shop almost for nine years.
Let’s put it simply: our volunteers are willing to do whatever it takes to make cycling and bike mechanics more accessible. We could not list all of the jobs done and projects implemented, but we can name a few: thousands of visitors to our shop have fixed their own bikes during our Open Shop time; hundreds of needy people in the community have received free bikes that have helped them reach destinations to which they could only walk before; hundreds of local kids have participated in our Youth Program, which gives them a chance to earn a bike part or even an entire bike; and thousands of bikes have been given extended useful lives.
Again, this is only possible because of our volunteers. Our volunteers’ dedication and generosity turns the Recyclery into a real collective. Through collaboration, we have made this happen. And we are not stopping here – there is so much more interesting and meaningful work to do!
Also, we want to use this opportunity to spread the news that the coming New Year will bring even more opportunities to get involved with and at the Recyclery. Starting on January 17, every Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm we will be open for additional Volunteer Hours!
We hope you will mark your calendars for this opportunity to work for your community because it also will have a social component. Every last Friday of the month will be dedicated to something special for all of us, for spending time together and getting to know each other better. Rather than fixing bicycles or doing other work, we will celebrate what we do with bike rides, or, if the snowpocalypse keeps us indoors, we will have a potluck, watch a movie, or enjoy another entertainment venue. Watch our updates to stay in the loop.
If you feel that the Recyclery’s values speak to you, stop by. We will be happy to get to know you and introduce you to our programs. Together, we can celebrate our passion for sustainable transportation in our community.
We look forward to seeing you and working with you!
The Recyclery Collective