April 12, 2012
I began working at Community Bike Works in 2007, and have had the privilege of serving here for over five years this April. I am continually amazed at the way the mission is 'lived out' through the vairous multi-faceted programs that CBW offers. I truly feel that CBW continues to grow and thrive because of the strong foundation Stefan (Exec Director and Founder) has laid through the structured, smooth functioning Earn-A-Bike curriculum he has provided, and the constant openness and drive he exudes to improve current programs as well as add new ones. In the past five years, I have had the opportunity to watch CBW's drive for success manufacture itself in many measureable ways: 1. an increase in clients served annually from approximately 160 students in the 2007-8 fiscal year, to approximately 250 in the 2011-12 fiscal year 2. an impressive facility rennovation project that has increased efficiency as well as effectiveness in serving our clients 3. an increase in the number of staff members from one full-time and one part-time staff member, to three full-time and two part-time staff members (this is not including the paid student apprentices who have the opportunity to work here after completing the course and voluteering) 4. an increase from one offsite class per session (fall and spring), to five offsite classes per session (fall and spring) 5. the addition of a financial literacy program 6. a partnership with KidsPeace so that campus restricted clients of KidsPeace can enjoy the benefits of our program. Beyond these measurable results, I have also had the joy of experiencing first hand the value, guidance and meaning that CBW has added to the lives of many, many students. CBW is far more than an organization, and much more than a 'j-o-b'.
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