Meet Paj and Olivia, new faces at C4C!

Matthew “Paj” Pajunen (he/him/his) is an AmeriCorps VISTA member serving a year of national service at C4C as our Volunteer Coordinator. Coming from a background in Anthropology, Paj has studied bioarchaeology, education, and environmental sustainability. Throughout all this work, the only things that stood solid was his love for bicycling and a firm belief in the emancipatory power of the bicycle. As Volunteer Coordinator, he intends to broaden and deepen community participation in Cycles for Change’s programming.


Olivia Tarlton (she/her/hers) is a MN GreenCorps member serving a year at C4C as our Program and Outreach Associate. Olivia is new to the Twin Cities, living in Green Bay for the past five years and Dallas for the 18 before that. She is excited to spend the year serving at an organization that is both inclusive and empowering. Beyond the walls of Cycles for Change, Olivia chooses to spend her time goofing with her roommates, reading, eating tasty food, and going on outdoor adventures (biking included).

If you see them around our St. Paul and Minneapolis shops, say hello!

Sylvia Fowles, 2017 WNBA MVP, to partner with C4C

Photo credit: Monica Bryand

2017 WNBA Most Valuable Player Sylvia Fowles­ is donating a portion of her MVP bonus to local nonprofit Cycles for Change in support of giving middle and high school girls access to bicycles.

Sylvia’s partnership with Cycles for Change and the Minneapolis Foundation was born from her desire to give back, and provide opportunity and encouragement to underserved youth and other marginalized people in the Minneapolis area.

“It’s more important than ever for people to use their platform for good and I have always wanted to find a way to share my love of cycling with others. Really, I wanted to say thank you,” said Fowles. “It was important to me to work with an organization based in Minneapolis, since this community has welcomed me with such open arms. Winning MVP is such a special honor and I wanted to be sure and recognize how important the Minneapolis community has been to this achievement. I feel an obligation to return the energy to them, and it’s in the spirit of our team and our amazing fans that I’m now working with Cycles for Change.”

Cycles for Change, a nonprofit bicycle education and advocacy organization, works to support low-income youth and youth of color in riding bikes as a way of living healthy lifestyles, expanding mobility, and having fun. Sylvia’s donation will support girls from the Seward neighborhood in getting a bicycle, safe cycling education, and an introduction to basic bike maintenance. Kids in the program will also have a chance to explore their neighborhood through riding bikes with C4C mentors.

Sylvia, Cycles for Change, the Minneapolis Foundation, and the Minnesota Lynx invite people to join her in supporting this partnership to help girls get a free bike by making a contribution to grow the impact of this effort here.

Read more about this exciting partnership:

https://www.apnews.com/2550f369811d4d039253c069a64fbbc2/Fowles-donates-some-of-MVP-bonus-to-provide-bikes-to-girls

http://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/20781552/sylvia-fowles-minnesota-lynx-donating-some-wnba-mvp-bonus-cycles-change

Thank you to 3M for another successful bike drive!

 

The 5th annual 3M Bike Drive benefiting Cycles for Change was held on Tuesday, September 19 at the 3M campus in Maplewood. Employees donated 225 bikes at the event this year! These donations will support the sustainability of our retail and community programs at Cycles for Change. Thank you 3M for their continued support of Cycles for Change and for helping to increase bicycle accessibility in the Twin Cities!

Watch 3M Newsroom special on the event here.