We are going flat out here in Utica and have made some real progress establishing Utica Bike Rescue....and we're totally pumped! We've got a permanent space, we're taking in donations of parts, bikes, cash, we have a few small contracts in the works to deliver maintenance/commuting/safety workshops on the college campuses here, we've got some grant apps in that we're hoping come through in the next few months and we are going to be surprising some very, very worthy kids and teenagers with "new-to-you" bikes this holiday season.
Lots of other behind the scenes stuff is going on too but no one wants to know our EIN number or read our bylaws I'm sure.
I want to take a minute to sincerely thank all of you who are on this listserv who have provided advice, resources and even bikes that we've turned around and redistributed (BIG thanks to TBR!!). We have good local resources that have really helped in establishing the organization and shop. But connecting with those of you I met in Long Beach last year and continuing to share ideas has been so, so helpful (another HUGE thank you to former SLC Collective staffer Johnathan Morrison!).
I updated our organization info on the Bike!Bike! website 'Organizations' page: https://www.bikebike.org/organizations/UticaBikeRescue_%28Utica%29.
Our website will be up and running in the next month or so. For now, please find us and Like us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/UticaBikeRescue
Lots more good stuff to come from the heart of upstate!