The CWS Refugee Resettlement office has partnered with the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) to provide donated bicycles to newly arrived refugees through the Bikes for Refugees program.
Bikes for Refugees program coordinator Richie Vaughan says: “It fees like I’m helping people who really deserve our help, new community members and Im helping them get independence and the ability to have jobs and take their kids to school and do all the things that we take for granted when we grow up here.”
The program consists of a two-hour safety class, where SVBC volunteers teach the refugees the American road rules, along with basic bicycle upkeep. Then, following the class, the refugees are able to ride their bicycles home, free of charge.
The 501(c)3 nonprofit Bikes for Refugees program relies on donations to purchase the gear for the newly arrived refugees. Each refugee that participates receives a bicycle, helmet, pump, and lock.
- For $10, you can sponsor a bike lock
- For $20, you can sponsor a floor pump for a refugee family
- For $175, you can sponsor a used, reliable bike
- For $220, you can sponsor a brand new bicycle
- For $250, you can sponsor an entire bike + lock + pump package for a refugee
- (Helmets are obtained free through Safe Routes to School)
To donate to the Bikes for Refugees program, click HERE.
Check out the WMRA’s coverage of the Bikes for Refugees program HERE.
Watch WHSV TV3’s piece on the Bikes for Refugees program HERE.
For questions, contact, donations, or to volunteer, please email Ritchie Vaughan at Ritchie.Vaughan@KlineMay.com