BELLOWS FALLS — As the Bellows Falls Community Bike Project rolls into its third year serving the Bellows Falls community and beyond, there are many accomplishments to celebrate. Most recently, it received 501(c)(3) non-profit status, allowing it to step out from under the umbrella of Sustainable Valley Group. Through the hard work of volunteers, staff and board of directors, the organization has grown and matured, providing valuable skill building, mentorship and bicycle related services to both youth and adults.
With affordable bikes in high demand, the Bike Project was a busy place this year. Since January, more than 200 bicycles were refurbished and put back on the road — most were sold, and the rest were either earned by volunteers or repaired for customers. In addition, many people worked on their own bikes, taking advantage of Open Shop.
Some highlights included working with Keene, N.H., State Sustainable Design program to assist in the building of an adaptive bicycle for a youngster with limited mobility, teaching repair classes to students from Bellows Falls Middle School, Boys and Girls Club and Compass School, and repair clinics for core volunteers.
The Bike Project provides volunteer and enrichment opportunities for many at risk youth and under served adults and relies on the generous support of the community as well as grants. For more information or to make a donation online, visit www.bfbike.org — to donate by mail, send check payable to Bellows Falls Community Bike Project, PO Box 553, Bellows Falls, VT 05101.