Help Us Collect Bicycles for the Homeless
Once physical, mental health and addiction issues are addressed, a lack of transportation is one of the biggest challenges for homeless adults working to rebuild their lives. A reliable bicycle provides transportation to work, necessary appointments, and support meetings. To address this need we are asking for your help to replenish our supply of bicycles for our our guests.
This collection of gently-used and new bicycles for the homeless will make it possible to provide a bike to great numbers of individuals in need. Director of guest services at Carpenter’s Place explains, “Donations of used bikes and repair services will make the success of this much needed and valued program possible. Bike collections organized by businesses, churches or organizations are also greatly appreciated.”
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1. Donate a new or gently-used bicycle: Bikes can be dropped off at Carpenter’s Place, 1149 Railroad Avenue, Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 3:00 pm or by appointment.
2. Donate bicycle accessories: Bike Lock, Helmet, Headlights
3. Donate your time: We are always in need of helpful hands to assist in tuning and repairing bicycles. Contact Stacey for volunteer opportunities. 815-964-4105 ext. 203
4. Make a monetary donation: A gift of $35 will purchase a helmet. A gift of $25 will purchase a lock and headlight. A gift of $175 will purchase a new reliable bike. You can donate online or mail a check (payable to Carpenter’s Place) to 1149 Railroad Avenue, Rockford, IL 61104.
OUR GOAL IS TO COLLECT 25 BIKES IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER.
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The Cycles for Change program began in 2013 thanks to a generous estate gift donated by the late Merrill Johnson, a man with compassion for the homeless and a passion for biking. WIFR TV recently stopped by Carpenter’s Place and visited with one of our guests, Chad, who has benefited from this program. Read the full story here.
For additional information, contact Stacey at Carpenter’s Place: 815-964-4105 ext. 203
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