Community Partnerships & Sponsorship
Bike Works is committed to using our network, resources, and access to support other organizations doing great work that is in line with our values of bicycling, youth, community, education, access, environment, and social justice. From sponsoring events to providing paid time for our staff to volunteer on behalf of organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, we believe that we must work in community to see the changes we want to see in the world.
Organizations we sponsor and collaborate with include:
- The Austin Foundation
- Rainier Riders Bicycle Club
- Seattle Neighborhood Greenways/Rainier Valley Safe Streets
- Black Girls Do Bike Seattle
- Radical Adventure Riders
- Refuge Outdoor Festival
- The Recyclery
- Cascade Bicycle Club
- Break the Cycle (2018)
Bike Works partners with dozens of community organizations to help us identify hundreds of low income families who have children ages 4-8 in need of a working bike and a helmet. We give away over 700 bikes to youth every year!
Recent Youth Bikes-for-All! partners include:
- Seamar Community Health Centers
- Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club
- Seattle Housing Authority
- Somali Family Safety Task Force
- Solid Ground
- CASA Latina
- Para los Niños
- World Relief Seattle
- Communities in Schools
- Filipino Community of Seattle
- Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)
Recycle & Reuse Partners
Our Recycle & Reuse Team processes about 7,000 bikes every single year, donated to us from individuals, community group bike drives, through our partnership with Recology King County, and consistently from the following companies:
- Raleigh Diamondback
- Recycled Cycles
- Hello Bicycle
- G&O Family Cyclery
We can retain about 20% of those donations to sell in our bike shop, and use in our youth & adult programs. Some bikes get stripped for parts, or responsibly recycled. We also forward along bikes & parts that we can’t use to organizations that also refurbish bikes: we’re all in this movement together!
Some of the organizations we donate bikes & parts to include:
Bike Works partners with over 50 schools and organizations annually to deliver programs and services to youth in the community. We offer our classic programs such as build-a-bike classes, bike repair, and bike riding clubs – or offer custom designed programming to meet the needs of each group. Per our strategic plan, we are on track to be in all of the Southeast Seattle public schools by 2020. If you are interested in exploring a youth program partnership with Bike Works contact email@example.com.
Some of the schools we partnered with on programming from 2017-2019 include:
- Beacon Hill Elementary (annual build-a-bike)
- Dearborn Park
- Graham Hill
- John Muir
- Martin Luther King Jr
- Rainier View
- South Shore Pre K-8
- Thurgood Marshall
- Van Asselt
- Wing Luke
- Aki Kurose Middle School (Riding clubs)
- Seattle Girls School (annual repair & riding training)
- Washington Middle School (Riding clubs)
- Rainier Beach
- South Lake
Job Skills & Job Readiness Training Program
Bike Works offers a Job Skills Training (JST) and Job Readiness Training (JRT) program for high school students and young adults. Students spend part of their school day with us and learn bicycle mechanic skills as well as job skills that will allow them to be better prepared for future employment. Youth who successfully complete the program are also eligible to apply for paid summer apprenticeships at Bike Works.
Recent JRT/JST partners include Interagency Academy and Youth Force: Boys & Girls Club of King County.
Bike Works is a grassroots organization with dozens of partnerships with other nonprofits, community groups, and businesses. This may not be a complete list of all of our partners. If you know about work being done in partnership with Bike Works that isn’t listed here, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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