Tag Archives: Committing to our Community

Working Bikes in Chicago

Summer is just around the corner and Chicago is seeing more bicycles hit the street every day. However, many of us take bicycles for granted. We buy a bicycle, ride it sometimes, but also allow it to collect dust. Sometimes, we even decide we’re just never going to ride it so we throw it out. But throwing out your bicycle isn’t the only option. You can donate it to Working Bikes to give it a new life and purpose.

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Working Bikes is a non-profit organization stationed in Chicago, Illinois, but its reach goes much farther than Cook county’s borders. Founded in 1999 by Lee Ravenscroft and Amy Little, the organization continues to grow from its humble beginnings. Since its inception, Working Bikes has been refurbishing bicycles to donate to people in need in Chicago, while also providing bicycles for communities in countries such as El Salvador, Panama, Uganda, and Ghana.

 

In Chicago and around the world, these bicycles are a mode of transportation to work, school, and in scarier circumstances, medical attention. They can also be used to create electricity and tow cargo from one location to another. But access to bicycles, especially in poorer communities, tends to be very limited. Working Bikes is working to eliminate that problem because bicycles can help a community thrive.

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There are several ways you can get involved with or help Working Bikes.

  1. You can donate your bicycle to Working Bikes.
  2. You can volunteer at their shop to help fix bicycles that will be donated to people in the Chicago.
  3. You can purchase a bike at their shop.

Whichever route you decide to follow, you are helping Working Bikes and people in need.

If you want to visit Working Bikes in person, they are located at 2434 S Western Ave in Chicago. You can also visit Working Bikes online by clicking HERE.

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A View into Lakeview Food Pantry

“Opened in 1970, we originated from the efforts of a few dedicated neighbors who wanted to help people in their community who were struggling to secure the food they needed.”

A few good neighbors and some hard work is all it took to start Lakeview Food Pantry. Now it is one of the largest and most successful pantries in Chicago! Between two locations, they serve over 1.5 million pounds of food each year and are one of the founding organizations of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Their original building is at 1414 W. Oakdale Ave. but they have a newer building at 3945 N. Sheridan Rd.

In addition to having fresh food, they offer tons of services like job application help, mental health counseling, among other things to help the people in their community stand on their own two feet and become a more independent member of society. The organization doesn’t ignore the fact that many of its clients might have other issues than just hunger and they want to help those issues at their core. It’s programs like this that help Lakeview Food Pantry standout.

Being one of the most successful food pantries in Chicago, Lakeview Food Pantry takes a lot of man and woman power to keep it running. They now have over 1,000 volunteers operating for both locations. Volunteers of any age are welcome but special restrictions are put on people younger than 16. T

he holiday season is always a good time to get into the spirit and help out your fellow humans. Anyone interested in helping Lakeview Food Pantry can sign up here: http://www.lakeviewpantry.org/become-a-volunteer.html

Lakeview Food Pantry is “committing to it’s community” with more than just food and I can’t wait to help out this wonderful organization.

For more information and ways to help go to: http://www.lakeviewpantry.org/

Gain Benevolence through the website Benevolent.net

Benevolent is a website that truly empowers neighborhoods through technology, connecting those in need to those who can give.

What’s so unique about this organization is that the connection is made through the power of personal storytelling.  Benevolent.net CEO and the founder Megan Kashner spoke with WCRX-FM’s Ruby Pinto and David Sparacio about the inspiration behind the giving site.