Our fifth annual Tailwind for Tools winter fundraiser is here! Last year we set a goal of $10,000 and surpassed it! We raised over $12,500 making it our most successful fundraiser yet. Thanks to the generosity of our friends, we were able to sponsor more youth rides, train more young adults, give away more bikes, inaugurate new programming, and continue serving the Howard area community in Rogers Park. 2020 marks 14 years since The Recyclery was born in an Evanston basement. Our goal is $14,000 - in honor of our past 14 years! Please consider financially supporting The Recyclery’s educational programs this holiday season. Your gifts go a long way in helping The Recyclery serve our community’s cyclists. Our fundraising finale and Open House will be Valentine's Day 2020 weekend, February 16th, 2 pm - 8:30 pm. Thanks for all you do!
103.81% Raised
$14,532.96 donated of $14,000.00 goal
63 Donors
Campaign has ended

What does your donation mean to The Recyclery community?

  • $5 donation buys a flat tire repair kit for 1 youth
  • $10 donation covers an hour of Open Shop time for the many in our community who can’t donate
  • $25 donation buys a lock and a helmet for 1 youth
  • $50 donation covers repair cost of 1 Freecyclery bike
  • $75 donation provides 1  Tune-Up Class scholarship
  • $180 donation provides 1 Overhaul Class scholarship
  • $500 fully funds one Earn-a-Bike Program for local youth

Other projects that The Recyclery has in store for 2020

  • 24/7-access outdoor pump ($700)
  • Reliable printer/scanner combo and copy paper ($300 or in-kind)
  • Phil Woods biodegradable hand cleaner (24 tubs are $16 each)
  • Linoleum floor tiles – blue & red ($100)
  • Donations Area corral construction ($200)
  • Storefront facade renovations ($6,000)

Our biggest project is to renovate the north storefront facade in order to improve the efficiency of heating and cooling, as well as to better protect our bikes and other assets. 

***Please specify in the donation notes on PayPal if you’d like your support to go to a specific project!

Some workplaces offer to match your donation. Check to see if your employer has such a program. You can encourage your colleagues to donate as well!

Can’t donate cash? We could also use in-kind donations! Including + not limited to:

Any donation  amount – small or large – is very appreciated and helpful ♥

Our achievements in the year 2019

Recyclery achievements 2019


Our Valentine’s Day Open House: Biking Love + Community

The Tailwind For Tools campaign finale is on Valentine’s Day weekend 2020 – thanks for all the love!

Sunday, February 16th, 2 PM – 8PM  

We will bring back the Open House party to the shop – including the funky bike photo booth, bike-part-upcycling crafts, DIY screen printing, food, live music, and more fun activities for the entire family!

We are excited about this well-awaited and very much needed tailwind. Give us a push!

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