Donate $5 or more to Old Spokes Home by April 26th and you'll be entered to win $1,000 at the shop.
We'll draw the winner on Wednesday, April 26th at American Flatbread's Benefit Bake for Old Spokes Home.
For the newbies, here are some FAQs:
What is a Benefit Bake?
Each month American Flatbread donates a portion of flatbread sales to local non-profits. April is our month! Come join us for dinner and a couple beers, donate to enter the raffle, and celebrate the onset of the bike season with the shops while supporting our social and educational programs. Flatbread kicks back dollars from takeout orders too, so you can eat pizza and support the shop in the comfort of your own living room. #winning
What can I spend the $1,000 prize on?
Your dream bike? Years of tune-ups? Sweet touring gear? The sky is the limit! (Actually $1,000 is the limit.)
We have new bikes from Salsa, Surly, Xtracycle, All-City, and Jamis. We have the largest selection of professionally refurbished used bikes in the state (we think). We're a full service repair shop. We have parts, gear, and accessories for everyday riding, bikepacking, touring, commuting, family biking, and more. We're very excited to hook somebody up.
Do I need to be present at the Benefit Bake to claim the $1,000 prize?
No, but you do need to be there to claim the loads of other prizes we're giving away as part of the raffle. It's going to be a real good time. Don't miss it.
Why should I "donate" to Old Spokes Home? Aren't you just a bike shop?
Wrong-o, buddy. We are a bike shop, and we are also a 501(c)3 not-for-profit. When you buy a bike or gear here or bring your bike in for service, you are supporting:
Providing radically affordable bikes and repair services to hundreds of Vermonters each year. Kathy, pictured below, is one of our favorite customers. Like her, many of our neighbors rely on bikes year-round for essential transportation needs. We're here to make sure that everyone -- regardless of income -- has access to a safe bicycles equipped to get them to work, to the grocery store, and to wherever else they need to go. This is called our Everybody Bikes program and it gets 250-500 income-eligible Vermonters on bikes and provides 1,000 repairs each year.
Providing bike mechanic training to out-of-school youth. Matt and Derek were part of our Apprenticeship Program and they gained transferable job skills as well as mechanic skills to become more employable in hands-on fields. These two dudes graduated from the program in May 2016, and now Matt is now working in manufacturing and Derek is working at another local bike shop. We miss them! We're excited to expand our Apprenticeship Program over the next 2-3 years to provide even more meaningful work experiences to young people.
Partnering with organizations like SPECTRUM on bike related programing, such as their Multicultural Youth Program Summer Bike Club. Last summer we rode around the city with 14 young people visiting colleges, getting active outdoors, and practicing safe on-road riding. This year (contingent on funding) we're launching a mechanical training component to Bike Club that will provide job training and employ the youth in a mobile mechanic unit.
Work with VABIR, VocRehab, Howard Center, Vermont Works for Women, and other organizations to provide work experiences to people who need the practice and some more recent job history. Chuda trained with us for six weeks, and fortunately we hired him on as a bike builder before another business snatched him up. He's the best.
In general, use bikes as a tool to build community in Burlington and beyond. "Community" is a buzzword these days, but we see it building everyday in our shops, programs, rides, partnerships, classes, and outreach.
ONLINE DONATIONS HAVE ENDED AS OF 4/26/17 at 4pm EST.
You can still donate to enter! Join us at the Benefit Bake to enter. We'll draw the winner between 7 and 8pm.