This month, Cycles for Change welcomed three new members to our Board of Directors: Ashley Pethan, Khu Thao, and Dean Carlson. You can read their bios on our website here. The Board of Directors helps to shape the direction of Cycles for Change.
Thank you to everyone who donated on Give to the Max Day yesterday! You were a part of Cycles for Change’s best Give to the Max Day ever! We raised nearly $14,000!
ICYMI: We will be closing our St. Paul shop in the coming weeks. Below is a timeline and dates for the last days of Open Shop, Grease Rag, and Retail in our St. Paul shop.
Wednesday, November 21: Last Day of Open Shop, 1-7pm
Saturday, November 24: Small Business Saturday in Retail, 12-6pm
Tuesday, November 27: Last Day of Grease Rag, 5-8pm
Tuesday, Nov 27-Saturday, Dec 1: Liquidation sale in Retail, 12-7pm, 12-6pm
Saturday, December 1: Last Day of Retail in St. Paul, 12-6pm
Additionally, we will be closing our Minneapolis shop during the month of December so that all staff may help with the St. Paul shop closure. The Minneapolis Shop will be closed December 3, 2018 – January 1, 2019.
We will be in need of volunteer help during December to help us clear out and move our St. Paul shop and office. Although we do not yet have specific dates and times for this, if you are interested in helping, please sign up here and we will contact you as soon as we do have dates and times.
It’s end-of-year fundraising time for Cycles for Change, and this year it’s more important and pressing than ever that we reach our goal of raising $15,000 on Give to the Max Day on November 15, 2018!
2018 has seen very happy highs and some unfortunate lows. This summer, we:
- Welcomed our new Executive Director Tina Cho to Cycles for Change
- Held 6 awesome Slow Roll St. Paul rides
- Taught bike mechanics to 7 new youth apprentices in our 8-week Summer Program
- Tripled our number of Learn to Ride classes and taught over 200 adults how to ride a bike
Each year, we strive to increase our sustaining donor base–generous people like you–who believe in our mission and our work to continue building a diverse and empowered community of bicyclists in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Recent tax reforms have led to some major changes in foundational funding, and many small nonprofits (including C4C) have been directly impacted. Your generous support builds the foundation for our work and directly funds our ability to continue our Youth Apprenticeship program, Learn to Ride classes, weekly Open Shop nights, and social enterprise bike shop. Now, more than ever, we need to sustain and build on these important resources to our community.
Please support Cycles for Change on Give to the Max Day this year by making a financial contribution, or by becoming a sustaining donor. Your tax-deductible donation directly supports programming, as well as general operating expenses like rent, marketing costs, staff professional development, and team building time. Together we can use bicycles to impact our community.
This year, our board of directors will match every donation of $75 or more, up to a total of $3,000. Please consider increasing your contribution this year; it will double your impact.
Thank you again for your continued support of Cycles for Change.
Dear Cycles for Change community members,
We want to thank you immensely for all the support you’ve showed us throughout the years. Our daily efforts are driven by our mission and rooted in our community. You are the reason we do this work.
In the spirit of honesty, trust, and transparency, we have some serious news to share with you.
Due to our current financial situation, Cycles for Change has been forced to make extremely difficult decisions that will impact how we operate in 2019.
Because of the loss of key funding and weather-related shortfalls in shop revenue, we cannot afford to renew our lease for the St. Paul shop (which will rise to market rate in 2019, effectively doubling our current rent).
We are beyond heartbroken to announce that we will be closing our St. Paul location by December 31, 2018.
We do not take this loss lightly. Cycles for Change has been in the Frogtown/Rondo neighborhood for over ten years, and we do not intend to abandon our neighbors and community members that we’ve built relationships with for over a decade.
Challenges are meant to be overcome. Our goal is to find a new space in St. Paul in which to operate, so that we may still offer Open Shop community space in 2019. And while we have not yet found a new space, we are continually searching for a place we can afford. We deeply care about our St. Paul community and will explore every possible avenue to continue doing this important work here.
Watch for a follow up message tomorrow about how you can support us on Give to the Max Day. Minnesota’s annual day of giving is on Thursday, November 15, 2018.