I just got home from volunteering at ‘kid’s night’ at our local bike coop – Mobo Bicycle Cooperative. We serviced a total of 21 kids tonight. Most, if not all, are inner city, underprivileged kids, just coming to get a bike fixed. If they don’t have a bike, they can get a ‘new’ used bike.
It’s such a rad program. The deal is simple – kids get bikes for free. There is no charge for them. All they have to do is get a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. When they arrive, we check to see if they have a waiver on file. If they do, we put them on a list, in the order they arrive, with the mechanical issue they are having. If they don’t have a waiver, we send them home – most of them live within a few blocks of the coop – they bring the waiver back and we put them on the list. Sometimes it’s a flat tire. Sometimes it’s a chain that needs fixed. Some of the kids even work on their own bikes. If they don’t know how, the mechanics put the tools in their hands and show them the way.
The kids have rules they have to abide by. No cussing, yelling, fighting. Games are provided, as well as crayons and markers for coloring. Snacks are also provided, tonight a big box of apples sat on top of a table with some oranges and a big jug of water.
I worked the sign in table and hung out with the kids. Dominic helped wrench on bikes. They had plenty of mechanics so after a couple of hours, he took his flat bike out and did a session in the street.
It’s so much fun, I will be bummed when school starts and ‘kid’s night’ is over. To end the summer, they will have a kid’s race with an obstacle course. They will give all the kids gift bags and a raffle ticket, and one lucky kid will win a rad BMX bike.
**We are in need of kid’s prizes to be donated, so if you want to donate, holla.by