April 20, 2010
Pedals for Progress is an ingenious organization that facilitates a symbiotic relationship to help everyone involved. Used bicycles (and sewing machines) that would otherwise take up space in landfills here in the U.S. are sent to developing nations. In these nations, locals are trained to repair and maintain the bikes, and actually set up bike shops to support the local economy. Bikes donated do need to be accompanied by a donation to offset shipping fees, but the whole donation is tax-deductible. In my experience as a collection coordinator, all of the members of the NJ based main office are extremely responsive and helpful. They get back to you right away with answers to any questions, and they provide you with all the materials, tools, and information needed to hold a successful collection. The most challenging thing is getting the word out at a county level. It is a lot of work to contact local news sources, etc. I would highly recommend volunteering for Pedals for Progress, donating to the organization, and even setting up your own collection if there is not one already in your area.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
seeing all the bicycles that would otherwise pollute landfills go to places where they will be valued.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Volunteer & I helped coordinate a local bike collection, including publicizing the event.