Local Donations

In addition to shipping bikes to our partners abroad, we also donate hundreds of bikes to local organizations each year. Below is a list of some our past donations.

Children’s Bike Sale

12/18/2010 – 1:00pm
12/18/2010 – 5:00pm

About 100 children’s bikes were shared with members of the neighbourhood at low cost, on Saturday Dewcember 11th.

STOP-PRESS: we will, indeed, hold the bike sale once again this coming Saturday!

And we passed on about 100 more children’s bikes …

We will be holding a sale of gently-used refurbished bikes suitable for children 2 to 7 years old at Working Bikes, 2434 S. Western Avenue. These bikes will be sold for $5 each.

Larger bikes suitable for older children also available at normal (low) prices.

Erie Neighborhood House

05/05/2009 – 11:59am

15 bikes were prepared and handed over to Erie Neighborhood House, a community service agency founded in 1870 that promotes a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources, advocacy and collaborative action.

Catholic Charities

05/01/2009 – 11:59am

8 bikes were prepared and handed over to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago fulfilling the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life.

Brian Hopkins & Catholic Charities

10/11/2008 – 12:00pm

Read the Chicago Tribune article about this event here

Delivery of the bikes now rescheduled to October 11th …
Delivery of the bikes was rescheduled to 8/23 from 7/12 …

The annual giveaway in conjunction with local shelters. 70 bikes required.
Free locks & helmets will be provided by others.

Brothers & Sisters United

10/04/2008 – 12:00pm

Mike collected 20 bikes on Saturday, October 4th.

Probably 7-10 kid’s bikes for children in the shelter Mike is associated with?

Friends of Robert Emmet School (FORS)

08/19/2008 – 12:00pm

15 kids bikes for the Friends of Robert Emmet School (FORS) to give to their alma mater in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago.

From: Howard Zar
Subject: Working Bikes donation to Emmet School
To: workingbikes@ yahoo.com
Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 5:38 PM

Thanks to Raoul, Mary, Nick, and the rest of you at Working Bikes for the 15 bikes for Emmet School. Emmet will be sending formal acknowledgement and FORES (Friends of Robert Emmet School) can also if you wish. Here are a few photos of today’s festivities for whatever use they may be.

No Child Left Inside

06/01/2008 – 12:00pm

120 middle-schoolers (aged 9-12) will be taken out for a day to the forest preserve and allowed to keep the bikes they use on their ride.
To be decided?

Mayor Daley’s Safe Routes Ambassadors

03/15/2008 – 12:00am

This program would like 8 bikes for 10-12 year olds, 24″ mountain-bikes would probably be ideal for this age group?

Needed by mid-March 2008 …

Erie Neighborhood House

04/01/2008 – 12:00pm
04/30/2008 – 12:00pm

The Erie Neighborhood House collected 26 bikes at the end of April, 2008.

Northern Illinois University Borrow-a-Bike

03/12/2008 – 12:00pm

NIU’s borrow-a-bike program would like to expand it’s existing fleet of 15 bikes.
Completed: 20 additional bicycles prepared and will be collected 3/12.

They have now picked up 20 brand-spanking old bikes for their program …

Nathaniel Nieman wrote:
We made the pickup early this afternoon. Everything went just great. Aaron was very nice and helped us load the bikes. The bikes will work perfect for us. I just wanted to thank you again for your donation to our program. It will really help out in our effort to curb driving and parking on campus. Once again, our deepest thanks.

Du Page County Department of Corrections Probation Program

03/12/2008 – 12:00pm

10 men’s road bikes: prepared Feb 16th and will be collected March 12th, 2008.