Consultant James Glass to serve as NRV Bike Kitchen director
The NRV Bike Kitchen, through a sub-grant from VT Engage’s Americorps VISTA, will bring James Glass on as a paid director starting Feb. 18.
The community service program is sponsored by the New River Valley Bicycle Association, a nonprofit organization, and serves as a community hub for increasing opportunities to access essential neighborhoods and services on a recycled bike.
With 19 percent of the people living below the poverty line and 6 percent of households in the New River Valley being carless, there exists a great need for affordable transportation. The program fills that need by offering bicycles to people who can use them the most. Tuned up and fully operational bicycles are offered for $25. Additionally, the program will work with local transit to maximize the use of the bicycles it distributes.
Under the direction of the Bike Kitchen’s Advisory Board, Glass will expand and develop the Bike Kitchen’s programs. In 2013, the Bike Kitchen will build a strong volunteer base, increase revenue through donations and grants, and conduct outreach programs. The Bike Kitchen recognizes the need for bicycle education, outreach programs and a user support structure above and beyond the distribution of bicycles.
Glass, a local specialty building contractor and consultant, is taking the year off from his business to volunteer full time at the Bike Kitchen. Beginning Feb. 18, the Bike Kitchen will have regular hours six days a week, and volunteer training classes will begin in early March.
For more information, visit the Bike Kitchen inside the Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore at 1675 N. Franklin St. in Christiansburg or email email@example.com.
– Submitted by Beth Lohman, NRV Bike Kitchen Board
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