We at Cycles for Change have made the decision to discontinue orders from Giro and Bell whose parent company, Vista Outdoors, contributes significantly to the National Rifle Association. We are working to find an alternative helmet supplier at a similar price point and quality. This decision was made because we do not support the NRA. Its mission and work run counter to our own values of equity and justice. If and when Giro and Bell are sold to a company that aligns more closely with the values of promoting safe and violence-free communities, we will resume orders from them. We’re grateful for your understanding and support. We realize this is a small step toward making the world a safer place, but we thank you for accompanying us.
It’s AmeriCorps Week!
Our AmeriCorps VISTA, Paj, started in August 2017 as our Volunteer Coordinator. In the last 7 months, Paj has done some amazing work! He’s evaluated our former volunteer programs, created an orientation for new volunteers, created positions for a new St. Paul Open Shop volunteer program, and is currently recruiting Volunteer Shop Mechanics and Volunteer Shop Assistants for this program, which will begin next month. If you are interested in volunteering at Open Shop in St. Paul, you sign up for an orientation here: https://cyclesforchange.org/open-shop.
Additionally, Paj has had an instrumental role in our pilot Sprouts Program for youth in St. Paul. He helped create the foundations of the program as well as two additional skill levels that youth can achieve. This program is slated to begin later this year.
We are excited for what Paj will bring to C4C in the next five months of his year of service with AmeriCorps VISTA. When he completes his service he plans to get his PhD in Applied Anthropology.
Thanks for all you’ve done, Paj!