(The Community Space submission) A fantastic organization in Madison, Free Bikes 4 Kids Madison, gathers bicycles in need of repair, fixes them up, and offers them to nonprofit organizations to distribute to their community for free. The Community Space reached out to them — thanks to a tip from Miguel Aranda — and found that all they needed to do was sign up specific children and send on their height — very important for selecting and fitting a bike properly — and desired style, color, etc. Soon they had the bikes ready for us!
TCS volunteer John drove a trailer up to pick them up on Friday, March 19. He took seven bikes from TCS with him that had been donated to us but need repair — so we donated them on to Free Bikes 4 Kids. And he brought back 19 bikes — with new tires, seats, brakes, kickstands — for lucky kids of all ages. When Wesley, pictured, spotted his blue bike, he said, “Is that a SPEED bike?!?”
John said the Bikes 4 Kids volunteer, Harvey, was super helpful and that he looks forward to going back to get more. Thanks to all the helpers who made this possible!
To sign up for a free bike, stop in at the Community Space during open hours and talk to Kay. All ages are welcome to sign up, including adults. The Community Space is open at 834 E. Milwaukee Street on Tuesdays, 8:30-11 am, Wednesdays 3;30-7 pm, Thursdays 8:30-11 am, and Saturdays 8:30 am to 2 pm.
The Community Space is open to all, without restrictions. We have food, clothing, furniture and housewares. No appointment is necessary. No documentation/proof of anything is needed. We accept donations of all kinds (just no TVs that aren’t flat screen, please). The vestibule in front is open for donations 24/7. For larger items or bigger donation, please come during our open hours, drive around the back, and ring the bell.