Help fix Bikes: Free Bikes 4 Kidz

May 6, 2016

in Age Groups, Ages 12 and under, Ages 12+, Ages 16+, Ages 18+, Automotive and Bikes

Donate a Bike this Fall or Come help Free Bikes 4 Kidz clean and fix up gently used bikes! Come share the joy of having a bike with children in our community, by getting donated bikes ready to ride! No experience is necessary, we are looking for volunteers of all skill levels. With the support of our volunteers, we have given away over 50,000 bicycles since 2008. Join us!

I am so excited to be doing our work at this unprecedented time. We have the unique ability to help kids by providing a bike. Together, with all of you, we collect and refurbish bikes that will change lives. Especially today, especially here, our community needs these bikes.

With healthy practices guiding us, we adapted our model to support those who need bikes right now. Thank you to everyone who filled out our survey. It was extremely helpful for us to understand your thoughts around your safety and health. With your feedback, we came up with guidelines to keep us all safe in the process. If this changes, there will be a mass communication regarding the changes so that you are updated and you can decide for yourself if you are comfortable with the environment.

Here we go!

1. You may only volunteer if you have signed up online. We will have 10 volunteer slots for each shift. If you can’t make it, please cancel, or let Laurie know, laurie@fb4k.org. You must sign up before 8AM the day of you want to volunteer. The system will not allow any reservations for the same day after 8AM. The volunteer signup is https://fb4kMN.org/volunteer. We will not be allowing people into the building until 5 minutes before the scheduled shift unless prior arrangements with Laurie have been made.

2. Cancellations. We ask that you cancel if you are unable to come or if you are having any symptoms of COVID-19 consistent with the CDC guidelines as follows:

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

3. Everyone who enters the building must wear a mask while in the building. If you forget yours, we will have a small supply of disposable masks as well as washable masks made from a 1918 pattern by Mother Jerome. If you choose the washable option, we request a $10 donation. 

4. There will be only 10 volunteers per shift, and any particular shift will ONLY have Mechanics, Preppers, or Cleaners. This is important to keep exposure risk low. We’re managing the flow of people in our space, helping folks minimize their exposure at our entrances, exits, and work spaces. Shifts will primarily be inside.We will have a limited number of outside shifts, but they will be noted well in advance. There also may be opportunity to develop into some mixed shifts, but we won’t do that for 2 – 3 weeks to see how well we can responsibly manage more movement. If we determine we can manage more, we will let you know and add shifts to the signup calendar.

5. Donating a bike – also by appointment only! If you are donating a bike, please send an email to info@fb4k.org and she will schedule a time for you to drop off. Again, we are trying to limit exposure, so we will schedule at times when others won’t be coming/going from the building. Typically during the middle of shifts on specific days.

6. We are committed to the safety of everyone involved with FB4K MN. If you experience symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of your shift, we ask that you reach out to us and let us know. We will protect your identity, but we are committed to alerting anyone who had contact with a symptomatic or ill person while volunteering with us.

7. One Last Note:
We are currently waiting on a professional plumber to do some work in the space to help us operate. Our current situation includes:
1. Sink to wash hands
2. A lot of hand sanitizer
3. Rustic toilets – not recommended, but available in a pinch
We do expect this to be resolved by Friday July 10.

Thank you in advance for respecting and adhering to our requirements and unique plumbing reality. I know this will feel a little different from what we’ve done in the past. I’m confident we will all feel great about keeping one another safe and helping the kids in our community to have a bike to ride this summer!

With gratitude,
Tia

Location: TBD
Ages: All ages, kids ages 10 and up are welcome to volunteer with an adult.
Date(s): Summer session begins on July 9th and will run for about 5 weeks. Registration is mandatory for all volunteers and is now open! 
Time(s): daytime, evening, and weekend hours are available, check the website for more details
Contact: info@fb4k.org or 612.567.3245
Website: https://fb4kmn.org/volunteer/
Time Commitment: shifts are three hours

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