Spring Update

 

It’s been a long winter, but we’re gearing up to get The Community Spoke! up and running for the spring season! This year promises to be our best yet. We’re changing a lot of things around and updating our schedule to include open hours on the first Sunday of each month as well as our weekly Tuesday open shop. We’re also redesigning our space to make things more efficient and improving our organizational structure.We’ve absorbed Helping Everyone Live Longer, an organization that provides free bike helmets to anyone who needs one. From now on you’ll be able to pick up a helmet at our open shops or at any events at which we are present.

I’m pleased to announce that our opening day will be Sunday May 5. As will be the case for all of our Sunday open shops, we will have a volunteer work session from noon-3PM and we will be open for repairs from 3-6PM. We will be open the following Tuesday from 6-9PM and every Tuesday and first Sunday after that.

In the meanwhile, we will be busy getting things ready. We are having several volunteer workdays in the coming month, which are visible in our calendar. We will also be fundraising at the Back Bay Cycling Club bike swap and tabling at Smash It Dead Fest. In addition to these events we plan to be at the Wake Up The Earth Festival and the Green Roots Festival as we have the last several years. Stay tuned for more updates.

Of course, we’re always in need of a whole lot of stuff. If you would like to help donate, here’s an incomplete list of items and services we could use:

  • Tools (especially metric wrenches and bike specific tools)
  • High quality, working bike parts
  • Cargo Bikes
  • High quality workbenches and bench tops
  • Concrete
  • Bike lubricants, grease, degreasers, and other fluids
  • Heavy duty storage bins, window boxes, etc
  • Cables, housing, brake pads, and other consumables
  • Lighting fixtures
  • Website and graphic design
  • Mural/visual art design
  • Screenprinting supplies
  • General volunteer help

We’re currently not taking donations of non-working bikes, bike frames, and department store bike components. If you’d like to donate, stop by one of our posted volunteer days or email us atthecommunityspoke@gmail.com. We can use all the help we can get in the next few weeks, if you feel inclined to please don’t hesitate to stop by! Volunteer days are a lot of fun and we’d love to meet some new folks interested in volunteering this year.

We’re glad to be back!  Thanks to our supporters who sent us kind words and donations over the last few month.  Y’all are great.  See you soon.

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