Harrisonburg’s Church World Service Refugee Resettlement office has partnered with Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) and The Bike Lab to provide donated bicycles to newly arrived refugees through the Bikes for Refugees program.
Refugees interested in using a bicycle for transportation first attend a class at The Bike Lab taught by SVBC members where they learn basic bicycle safety skills and bicycle-related laws. At the end of the 2-hour class, refugees get to take home a bicycle, helmet, bike lock, and bike pump. If they want more help after the class, they can schedule additional one-on-one instruction. To date, the program has given away over 50 bicycles and taught over 60 refugees cycling skills.
For questions or other inquiries please contact program coordinator Ritchie Vaughan at [email protected]
Support Bicycles For Refugees
Your monetary donation is appreciated, and 100% goes towards Bicycles for Refugees. You can donate online via credit card or Paypal at the SVBC website, or you can mail us a check to:
Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition
PO Box 1014
Harrisonburg, VA 22803
For $10, you can sponsor a bike lock
For $20, you can sponsor a floor pump for a refugee family
For $100, you can sponsor rehab of a used, reliable bike
For $220, you can sponsor a brand new bicycle
For $250, you can sponsor an entire bike + lock + pump package for a refugee
Other ways to get involved:
- Join our Bikes for Refugees listserv to stay up-to-date on all our activities. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/bicycles-for-refugees-volunteers-listserv/join
- Donate your bicycle. We will gladly accept bicycle donations that are repairable and can be reliably used for daily commuting. And we can get you a tax-deductible receipt. Donations can be dropped off at Gift & Thrift’s donation dock.
- Help repair donated bicycles. Our volunteers meet most Mondays 9AM-noon at The Bike Hub.
- Help teach bicycle classes with our refugees. If you would like to teach but need some instruction to feel comfortable teaching new riders, the club sponsors teach-the-teacher classes for volunteers; just ask. Foreign language are especially needed, as language barriers are one of our biggest challenges.
- Do you have a car that can fit bicycles? We need help shuttling bicycles around town for pickup, repair, or donation to refugee families.
- If you are a part of a local organization with interest in the program, we love partnerships of all kinds and would be happy to make a presentation to your group or organization.