Tomorrow I turn 40. And I have a birthday wish.
I feel really lucky. I live with my family in a place we love, among neighbors we sure do enjoy, and who clearly have caught that same Columbia City bug.
We've got many inspiring neighborhood causes, but I'm picking one. I'm asking friends and neighbors to give a birthday donation to Bike Works.
(image by Seattle Daily Photo)
For the last 13 years, they've empowered kids from all walks to ride like they earned it, to work on bikes and earn their own wheels through sweat equity. And that's just one of Bike Works' programs. Bikes and bike repair are their catalyst for action in environment, social justice, community, and fun.
Learn more here (that links to a no-cost donation passthrough to Bike Works, via facebook). If you prefer to donate in other ways, please let me know.
I'm not sure it's cool to broadcast a birthday wish across the neighborhood. I've gotta admit, it's unnerving even. But the coolness of having our own nonprofit bike shop in Columbia City, and the amazing things they do — that clearly tips the balance in favor of putting this once-in-a-decade wish out there.
For all that they do — and they do it with talent, humor, and gusto — please consider including Bike Works in your giving, and thank you for making my 40th that much more special.