Partnerships

The Importance of Community Partners

We at the Bike Kitchen believe that the individuals and families we serve need so much more than just the programs we offer as they take on daily challenges. This is why non-profit, business and other community partners are critical to the success of our social mission. We jump at any opportunity to develop relationships with other organizations. Food banks, homeless and domestic abuse shelters, energy assistance and mental health programs, and clubs and organizations play a vital role in the success of our customers to meet their challenges. The Bike Kitchen Board and Staff recognize the importance of partnering with other community organizations to provide the best services and experiences possible, and we would like to recognize our growing list of partners.

 

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Founded in the early 1990’s, the NRVBA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is focused on building community through cycling.  The NRVBA serves as a resource for local road and mountain bike riders by leading rides and publishing information on local routes.  The NRVBA also advocates for better cycling opportunities in the region by participating in regional and local planning processes.  The Bike Kitchen was launched in late 2011 as a project of the NRVBA.  The NRVBA cost shares the administrative fees with VT Engage for the Americorps VISTA placement with the Bike Kitchen.

 

VT Engage

VT – Engage – The Community Learning Collaborative

The mission of VT-Engage is to help Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff create and sustain reciprocal partnerships that are mutually respectful of the strengths and needs of all parties. The center is founded on a core belief that student-community interaction is essential to transforming students into global citizens and establishing competencies related to service, leadership, multiculturalism and internationalism, and personal, moral, and ethical development.  We focus on the critical connection between our land-grant university and the many communities it serves, believing that if engagement is to be effective, it must be reciprocal. In so doing, the center enriches and strengthens the university’s discovery and learning missions.  Through VT Engage, an Americorps VISTA was placed with the Bike Kitchen for two years.  The primary role of the VISTA is to help us grow the organization in sustainable ways.

 

cfnrvCommunity Foundation of the New River Valley

The CFNRV provides professional management services to donors for their charitable causes and funds projects of all sorts, from grants that enrich the community to scholarships that help educate the community’s children.  The CFRNV also hosts a variety of forums in which local non-profits can share, learn and grow together.  As a brand new non-profit, we at the Bike Kitchen have worked with CFNRV staff on organizational development.  With CFNRV’s help, we have been able to define our mission, core values and guiding principles, which form the foundation for all of our programs.

 

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New River Valley Habitat for Humanity

The NRV Chapter is part of Habitat for Humanity International, a global non-profit Christian housing organization that seeks to provide proper housing by bringing the community together to build homes. Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has served over 2 million families with the building of over 500,000 homes! What a blessing! We welcome all religions, races, and nationalities to take part in this global vision.  The NRV Chapter graciously invited the Bike Kitchen to set up operations in the Christiansburg ReStore location.  For a fledgling non-profit organization like the Bike Kitchen, the ability to keep overhead costs low is a critical piece to our future success.  Our co-location has been mutually beneficial as we share a variety of knowledge and physical resources.

 

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 Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia

BIS helps brain injury survivors and their families throughout Southwest Virginia. Their goal is to make a positive, measurable difference in survivors’ abilities to fulfill their service potential and optimize their reintegration into their families and communities.  For us at the Bike Kitchen, a partnership with BIS was natural.  Bike crashes can result in serious head trauma, and our goal is to provide a helmet with every bike we distribute. BIS received a Community Foundation grant award to distribute bicycle helmets through the Bike Kitchen.  We’re exploring more ways to partner with BIS – so stay tuned!

 

 

merc copyThe_JunctionThe Draper Mercantile & The Junction

Dedicated to the enterprise of creating economic opportunity for the region while preserving and celebrating the unique cultural heritage of Southwest Virginia.  The Mercantile is a community center, a classroom, a music hall, and a gathering place.  The Junction offers bike rentals and other recreational opportunities along the New River Trail and the New River.  The Draper Mercantile & The Junction organized a  fundraiser in early 2013 for the Bike Kitchen – an event we hope will be an annual one.  We absolutely agree with their claim that the Mercantile is a community gathering space.  The Junction also helps the Bike Kitchen purchase parts and supplies for our operations.  We absolutely love the people over there at the Mercantile.

 

 Town of Christiansburg

The Town was the first community partner to step forward and provide a brick and mortar space for our operations.  Since relocating to the ReStore, the Town continues to provide space for overflow storage. The status of our operations today are directly related to that first community partner that gave us a chance to set up operations.  The Town was our first cornerstone.

 

 

Branding Assistance

We would like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to the people behind the art that you find in our social media presence and in our physical space.

 

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Conscious CreativeWorks

Local artist, Jackie Pontious, created the piece entitled “Bike Vista” that hangs in our brick and mortar location and is the banner of all our social media sites.  Jackie also provides web support.

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Chad Trent is a graphic designer in Roanoke, Virginia. Chad reached out to us in the very beginning and developed our logo.  We have Chad to thank for the signature red!

 

Retail Bike Shops in the New River Valley

The New River Valley is blessed with some of the best retail bike shops in the country.  The local shops assist the Bike Kitchen by donating bikes and bike parts and occasionally their mechanical expertise. We at the Bike Kitchen are forever grateful for their support.

About

Our mission at the Bike Kitchen is to create a resource hub for people to access essential neighborhood services on a recycled bicycle. To this end, we are building a social bike business to provide bikes to people without the social or economic capital to find one elsewhere.

Hours of Operation

The Bike Kitchen is located inside the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at:
1675 North Franklin Street
Christiansburg, Virginia

Hours:
During winter months, please visit us on Facebook where our hours will be posted at the beginning of each week.

The Bike Kitchen operates at times when the ReStore is closed. If the ReStore is closed during our operation hours, please email the Director.

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