Looking for a great organization to donate to for Giving Tuesday? Or looking for a great gift for a friend or family member that "has everything"? Here are some ideas - mostly bike-related! Have a great organization we missed? Share in the comments!
Blackstone Bicycle Works is a youth education program of the Experimental Station. In the context of a full-service bike shop dedicated to promoting ecological practices and empowering youth, Blackstone teaches mechanical skills, job skills, and business literacy to boys and girls from the underserved Woodlawn neighborhood and Chicago's broader south side.
West Town Bikes
West Town Bikes is a community bicycle learning center. We offer youth programs here at the shop and across the city, bicycle mechanics workshops and classes and special events to members of the community. We also provide creative workspace for special bicycle building, utilitarian human powered design, kinetic art, advocacy projects, and all sorts of constructive creation.
Note: You can also buy a loved one some great mechanic classes e.g. Build a Bike
Global Impact: Working Bikes ships thousands of bicycles each year to our partners in countries throughout Latin America and Africa, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, Uganda, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Ghana.
Local Impact: Working Bikes donates to individuals and partner organizations here in Chicago, providing transportation to people in homeless transition, refugee resettlement, and youth empowerment programs in our own community.
One Tail at a Time
Not a bike organization but with our widespread love of pets, this is an awesome place to donate to for Giving Tuesday or a gift of donation. If you follow them on Facebook, you'll see the stories and the happy adoption couch photos. They do such good work.
Ride Illinois is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving bicycling conditions throughout the state. We are the advocate for all Illinois bicyclists, promoting bicycle access, education, and safety.
Buy a membership to Active Transportation Alliance
Based in Chicago, the Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit advocacy organization that works to improve conditions for bicycling, walking and transit and engage people in healthy and active ways to get around.
Bikes N' Roses
Bikes N’ Roses is a non profit bike shop dedicated to Chicago’s youth. Our programming aims to offer youth a productive outlet while comprehensively introducing them to workforce readiness skills needed to succeed.
Amy D. Foundation
The Amy D. Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in honor of Amy Alison Dombroski, whose love for cycling and life touched many people around the world. The Amy D. Foundation encourages and supports young women through cycling, inspiring the celebration of healthy challenge and empowering the confident pursuit of lofty dreams.
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