With the help of Providence Health & Services, Yakima Products Inc. and Iron Fireman Collective volunteers, a nonprofit called Free Bikes 4 Kidz will be collecting bicycles at 10 Providence Medical Group clinics Saturday. The bikes will then be cleaned, refurbished and distributed on July 28 to kids throughout the metro area.
"Our mission at Free Bikes 4 Kidz is simple: to help children ride into a happier and healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need," says Kurt Wolfgang, the FB4K Portland operations director. "But we don't do it directly. We're fortunate to work with a network of community organizations to distribute bikes, and are proud to support the great work these groups are doing."
Bike donations will be accepted from 8 a.m.–noon at a handful of Providence locations, including one at Bridgeport (18040 S.W. Lower Boones Ferry Road), one in Oregon City (1510 Division St.) and another in Milwaukie (10300 S.E. 32nd Ave.). Donors will receive a tax receipt.
FB4K also needs dozens of volunteers to help collect the bikes on May 19 and to clean and refurbish them at the Iron Fireman Collective in southeast Portland in June and July. No bike maintenance experience is necessary.
For more information or to volunteer, visit fb4kportland.org.