Help us preserve Bike Farm during Covid-19
Dear Friends of Bike Farm,
On March 13th we closed Bike Farm. We hoped to reopen in 2 weeks. It is now one month later and we’re still closed. As you are well aware, this is due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on the world. Last week was in the 70’s and sunny out; the time of year that Bike Farm usually goes bonkers. People pour into the shop to work on their bikes, getting them road and trail ready for the summer season.
In line with guidance from the state, we have decided to suspend services at Bike Farm for the duration of the COVID 19 shelter in place order. With further direction from governor Kate Brown, we will work towards a gradual reopening of Bike Farm. Until then, we will miss providing our core services which include inexpensive or free access to bike repair for those most in need, building bikes to supply the community with an inexpensive option for independent transportation, and facilitating opportunities for bike advocates to engage with their community. Many of us have found alternative ways to volunteer with local organizations who are providing critical support to those in need at this time, others are grappling with staying afloat and managing their own wellbeing.
Spring and Summer are the busiest times of the year for us, when we earn the revenue needed to stay operational in the slower winter months. The longer we are closed during this season, the greater the threat is to remaining solvent as a non-profit. We are at risk of shutting down. Bike Farm’s operational budget is $5k per month, which includes rent and utilities. As an all volunteer organization, we have a low overhead. But with our doors shut, we have zero income. Our landlord has been generous in letting us delay payment if needed, but our bills still need to be paid.
We have set up a GoFundMe for anyone who is able to contribute at this time. Our aim is to raise money to cover 3 months of costs, a total of $15,000. If you believe in Bike Farm’s mission “To provide a space where people can learn about the bicycle and build community around promoting sustainable transportation.” or if you have been impacted by an experience you had at Bike Farm, please consider contributing to our campaign or donating directly through our Paypal account. To thank you for your generosity, we will be providing memberships to those who donate through either PayPal or GoFundMe. Memberships will be redeemable in the shop once we open with your donation receipt. Our membership prices are $20/month, $35/6 months, $60/1 year and $200/lifetime.
While we discourage the use of Amazon delivery services in favor of supporting local businesses, if you are using Amazon please consider shopping through AmazonSmile; 0.5% of your purchases on Amazon go to a charity of your choice. Start shopping by opening smile.amazon.com in your browser and selecting Bike Farm as your non-profit of choice. The donation will be made at no extra cost to you. For those who are not able to contribute financially, we understand. If you would like to contribute your time to help us get back up and running, please fill out this form and we will contact you as we figure out how we can safely engage volunteers. In the coming months, we will share our strategy for reopening and host a cleaning/bike building event that the community is welcome to participate in.
Thank you for your support, we can’t wait to get back into the shop when this is all over and work on some bikes with you. We hope you're all doing well despite the circumstances.