Community Bike Works

Rating: 4.6 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 235 North Madison St Allentown PA 18102 USA

Mission: 1. provide inner city children living in at risk situations with meaningful work ethic alternatives to gangs, drugs and the streets; and2. use adult & youth mentors to develop & nurture relationships with our clients. According to the Allentown School District's 2006 statistics, nearly 18,000 residents are school age and 41% of these kids are at or below the poverty level. Eighty percent of children in Community Bike Works programs qualify for free or reduced lunches. During the past three years, there has been a 220% increase in arrests of Allentown middle school children (ages 10 to 13), according to the Allentown Police spokesperson. Moreover, according to the most recently released Allentown Police Youth Division Report, juvenile arrests in Allentown nearly double from kids in the 10 to 12 year old age group to kids in the 13 to 15 year old age group. Most of these juvenile crimes occur Monday through Friday between the hours of 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Through our programs, Community Bike Works reaches these children during these hours by offering them work ethic alternatives to life in the streets and crime.
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Rating: 4 stars  

I became involved with CBW after meeting some students and a board member at a community event. I was very impressed with the poise and knowledge of the youth and immediately thought it was a very engaging and effective program for at-risk young people in center-city. I wish there were more programs like this -- the curriculum and mentoring relationships would be beneficial to all, but especially to those kids who need positive role models, unconditional regard, and respectful friendships.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I first volunteered at CBW in 1999. I only needed to participate in one Earn-a-Bike Session and I was hooked! Over the years, I've been a volunteer and Board Member. I am currently the Chair of the Board. CBW is about Kids, not bikes. That is the fundamental principal in which we follow, and is why we have been successful. Despite having volunteered with Bike Works for so long, I continue to be amazed at how many kids we minister to, despite a very small budget. The ED and staff do a great job managing the programs and relationships within the community. They continue to be innovative and adapt to the changing needs/opportunities of our clients. My first hand experience is that our kids love this program and get so much more out of it than a bike and a helmet. That's what keeps me coming back year after year!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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