BENEFITING: ROTARY CLUB OF BOOTHBAY HARBOR FOUNDATION INC
Since 2006, The Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club has been providing free used bicycles for the foreign workers and all who need one in the Boothbay area. The need is very real, as so many of these folks have no transportation available to them at all, and their lodging can be miles from their workplace. To promote safety, the club works with the Boothbay Harbor Police Department, handing out free bike reflectors. And, we work with the YMCA to distribute free bike helmets to children or adults who need one.
The program caught-on very fast. Rotary club members and volunteers have donated hundreds of hours in labor and many hundreds of dollars for parts each year to (sometimes all too literally) cobble together an adequate fleet of bikes to meet the demand. Local businesses and individuals have given direct donations to keep the program going. Sadly, the program is now at risk.
By the year 2013, we loaned out over 135 bikes. But, in 2014, we could only loan out about 100. Why? Because our entire bike fleet is made up of discarded and donated bicycles that are very old and very difficult to keep working. So much of our fleet is cobbled together from several broken ones, that despite out best efforts, it is now mostly a scrap heap. As we look ahead to the 2015 summer season for the program, we have fewer than 30 bikes that are serviceable.
That’s where you come in to this story. We need to renew our fleet of bicycles with good, strong, simple bikes that we can maintain. We have worked very hard to locate a source for a bulk purchase of good, rugged bikes that will hold up to the all-summer daily use our bikes provide. We can purchase these bikes (in bulk of over 20) for about half of retail; at $215 each. Please help us buy a new fleet so we can keep our loaner program running. The Rotary Club of Boothbay Harbor Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, so your donations are fully tax deductable, so please, donate whatever you can. We’d love to have you donate $215.00 and be able to say you bought a bike!