WashCo Bikes asks for donations due to COVID-19 crisis
For those looking to get a rid of a bicycle, WashCo Bikes is willing to take it off your hands for those in need.
The nonprofit's mission is to promote bicycling in Washington County through education, advocacy and community. The executive director of WashCo Bikes, Joe Kurmaskie, said the coronavirus has increased the group's need, with less staff being able to help.
"We're facing challenges in that my July and August peak season is happening right now in March and April and May," said Kurmaskie. "So, because of that, I'm reaching out to the public and everyone saying, 'If you have a bike that's just sitting in the garage … we want to give that bike new life.' ... We want to give it out to the public, whether it's through our Adopt-A-Bike program or through discounted sales programs."
Bikes not needed for the organization's core programs are refurbished and sold at 137 N.E. Third St. in Hillsboro at a discounted price.
WashCo Bikes then uses the proceeds to pay for the shop, fund summer camp scholarships and help efforts to improve bike safety throughout the county.
"We're a 16-city county wide organization," said Kurmaskie. "We cover everybody from Tigard to Wilsonville to Beaverton to Forest Grove."
As for bikes in poor condition, they're carefully dismantled while usable parts are salvaged. Unusable bikes and parts are carefully recycled, said a press release by the nonprofit.
WashCo Bikes has also done bike donation outreach, wherein staff members wearing masks and gloves will actually come to your driveway, place of business or any other location to haul away any number of bikes or parts.
"We went through a (barn) the other day and got 40 bikes," Kurmaskie remarked.
Without donations from the community, Kurmaskie said the nonprofit would be in a pickle. But he said he has faith people will come through.
"I'm hoping that whoever is reading this will reach into their hearts and reach into their garages and say, 'Hey, we're not using this bike… (let's) try and pass along those things in our lives that can help others,'" he said.
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