We’ll be packing bikes for CESTA in El Salvador on Wednesday, September 3 and could use your help! Swing by the Working Bikes warehouse at 2434 S. Western Ave. in Chicago anytime between 12pm and 5pm to help load bikes into a 40 foot shipping container. You’ll be relaying bikes to the truck, removing pedals, and turning handlebars so we can fit as many bikes as possible.
No experience necessary. All volunteers will receive lunch and something sweet (donuts or pastries). Be sure to wear close-toed shoes and bring a water bottle, as the warehouse can get hot!
As Bikes Not Bombs explains:
“CESTA, the El Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology, is leading the struggle for environmental conservation, sustainable transportation and community-led resource management in El Salvador. CESTA combines an array of environmental and social programs with environmental and social justice activism, positioning CESTA at the forefront of social change in El Salvador.
CESTA’s programs include a bicycle mechanics training program for young people, mangrove conservation that focuses on community land management, disability rights advocacy, traditional medicine research and education, and environmental conflict mediation supporting communities that are in conflict with multinational companies over community land exploitation and environmental contamination.”