Friday, August 14, 2009

Bucky Books

Buy a Bucky Book and give the proceeds to
Wheels for Winners! Just choose our name
when you buy online at www.buckybook.com

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Hours

Closed for holidays:
Dec 23, 2008-Jan 4, 2009
also maybe Jan 6th

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Good Press

A nice article in the Willy Street Reader

Friday, May 23, 2008

Open for Business

Hey...we're open for business!

Shop hours are
M/W 12:30-4pm
T/TH 6-8pm
some Saturdays

Hours are regularly updated at http://my.calendars.net/wheelsforwinners

ALSO...we're having an open house!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008; 6-8pm
Food, drink, and tours of the new shop. Stop by!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Official Moving Days Information

Following the tragic flooding of our shop on Pennsylvania Avenue, Wheels for Winners Earn-a-Bike Program has successfully signed a lease for an exciting new location. We would love all of our friends to come out and help us to spruce up the new digs and to help us move in. We have two work days set up for general mass volunteer help.

Saturday, February 2: WORK DAY! This will be the day for building/reconstructing racks, installing a shop sink, adding electrical outlets, etc. It would also be a fine day to start moving smaller items, such as parts bins, and office equipment. Especially need those who have expertise in plumbing, electrical work, or construction. We may also begin deconstruction of bike storage at old shop if we have enough volunteers.
Meet at the new shop at 10am at 229 S Fair Oaks Ave (At corner of Atwood and Fair Oaks in same building as the clothing shop. Our entrance is around back by the giant garage door.). We will go until 5pm or later depending on interest. Drop-ins welcome for however long you'd like to stay.

Saturday, February 9: MOVING DAY! This is when the bulk of the move will occur. We need all hands, all vehicles, and as many strong backs as we can muster.
Meet at the old shop at 10am at 2310 Pennsylvania Ave (Near Oscar Meyer…between 1st and 6th Street). We will go until 5pm or later depending on interest. Drop-ins welcome for however long you'd like to stay.

The wish list:
- Lumber: 2x4's and 2x6's for racks, framing lumber and subfloor
- Bike hooks
- Shop sink, faucet, and plumbing supplies
- Shop lights, 4-socket wall outlets, electrical wire and nuts
- The talents of a plumber
- The talents of an electrician
- Replacements for any office supplies that were damaged/destroyed.
- People with power tools and hand tools on Feb 2nd
- People with trucks, vans, and trailers on Feb 9th
- People willing to carry stuff on Feb 9th

If you have questions, drop us a line at wheelsforwinners@gmail.com (phone coverage will be spotty in the coming few weeks). Updates on volunteer needs and scheduling at http://www.wheelsforwinners.org/ and/or http://www.wheelsforwinners.blogspot.com/

Thanks in advance for your help and support…the kids of Dane County appreciate it!
-The Wheels for Winners Board

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Move Schedule and Wishlist

Tentative Moving Schedule:

Tuesday, January 22: Sign lease and get keys

Between January 22 and February 2: Gather resources

Saturday, February 2: WORK DAY! This will be the day for building/reconstructing racks, installing a shop sink, adding electrical outlets, etc. It would also be a fine day to start moving smaller items, such as parts bins, and office equipment. Folks who have offered to help out can help this day, especially those who have expertise in plumbing, electrical work, etc. Begin deconstruction of bike storage at old shop.

February 3 – February 8: Board members and limited volunteers continue to move a load or two and continue deconstruction/construction.

Saturday, February 9: MOVING DAY! This is when the bulk of the move will occur. We need all hands, all vehicles, and as many strong backs as we can muster.

The wish list:

- Lumber: 2x4’s and 2x6’s for racks, framing lumber and subfloor if we decide to finish off the platform area over the bathroom.
- Bike hooks
- Shop sink, faucet, and plumbing supplies
- Shop lights, 4-socket wall outlets, electrical wire and nuts
- The talents of a plumber
- The talents of an electrician
- Replacements for any office supplies that were damaged/destroyed.

Shop Water Damage

In early December 2007, a leak in the roof developed at the shop. Massive water damage resulted and generally unpleasant work conditions, so we have temporarily closed the shop and are seeking to relocate. We are close to signing a lease at a new location and should be making an announcement very soon. We hope to begin moving by January 19th and are committed to completing the move by February 15th.

We are seeking financial and volunteer assistance with the move. You can signup by emailing wheelsforwinners@gmail.com and you can mail contributions to our temporary forwarding address:
Wheels for Winners
c/o
1937 E. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53704

Thanks to everyone who has already offered help and support. If you've given us your email and expressed an interest, we will be sending out an email soon to let you know about the moving plan. Wheels for Winners IS YOU! We are our volunteers.

Here's a news story that was featured on Channel 3 on the leak:
http://www.channel3000.com/news/15007997/detail.html

And photos:



Monday, July 30, 2007

Article in WSJ

http://www.madison.com/archives/read.php?ref=/wsj/2007/07/27/0707270155.php

Kids, Bikes Benefit From Wrench-a-thon
Wisconsin State Journal :: DAYBREAK :: D1
Friday, July 27, 2007
Jill Klosterman jklosterman@madison.com 608-252-6180
CORRECTION: Correct phone number for Wheels for Winners\ A story on Page 1 of Friday's Daybreak section contained an incorrect phone number for Wheels for Winners, which is hosting its Wrench-a-Thon bike-building event this weekend. The correct phone number is 249-2418. (Published on 7/28/07)

Gear up for cycling and charity.

Saturday at noon, the Madison-based non-profit group Wheels for Winners will kick off its second-annual Wrench-a-thon.

For 24 hours, WFW will dismantle and rebuild bicycles for children in Dane County who have completed 15 hours of community service.

"It's a fantastic way to reward children for their hard work," said Ruth Ann Schoer, WFW founder.

The event is open to anyone willing to turn a wrench-no experience necessary-and authorized bike technicians will certify the safety of every refurbished bicycle on the lot.

"Everyone is welcome to come and amateurs will be shown how to tear down bikes and save the parts," said Charlotte Marshall, WFW office manager.

"We will salvage parts from unusable bikes, redo the bearings and add new parts as needed."

Now in its 15th year, Schoer said WFW continues to provide charity to Dane County's neediest children-most bike recipients represent Dane county's poor, disenfranchised and racial/ethnic minority populations.

"It began as a way to get bikes to kids who maybe would not otherwise be able to have a bike," said Kim Slava, WFW board president.

A social work project in the spring of 1992 inspired Schoer to develop a service that would reconcile the bicycle disparity between Madison's communities.

"I was working in a low income neighborhood and there was a problem with children stealing bikes," she recalled.

"I understood that every kid wanted a bike in the summer and that when it was turnover time for the university, students would just leave their bikes."

Schoer decided to "hook this together" by inviting the community to donate unused or abandoned bikes to the budding WFW organization.

"By the time I was done with that first day I had about 110 bikes and people wanted to know where to deliver them."

This weekend, donors and volunteers can deliver their services to WFW's location at 2310 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"I would like to stress that what (WFW) needs is bicycles for children-not adults-and volunteers," Schoer said.

Slava emphasized that the program isn't about hand-outs-children must earn their wheels under the supervision and consent of a parent.

"They have to do their 15 hours, and someone has to vouch for it," he said.

Safety is also paramount-WFW requires parents to arrange a City of Madison Bicycle Safety Training session for their child.

Once children earn their hours, they "get a lock and helmet, then the city provides a license for them," according to Marshall.

Since its creation, Slava said the organization has donated more than 1,500 bicycles, averaging above 100 per year.

"It promotes biking, keeps cars off the street, keeps kids fit, helps keep abandoned bikes out of landfills, and offers an incentive to help out at community centers," Slava said.

But while the group formed in response to a bicycle shortage, Marshall said the group now has a surplus of repaired bikes ready to be earned.

"This year we have quite a few bikes so we're trying to get the word out," she said.

Still, Marshall said the group has high expectations for 2007.

"We're hoping to give out 200, but we've given out 46 right now," she said.

Slava said volunteers repaired about two dozen bicycles at the 2006 the Wrench-a-thon and he expects a similar outcome this year.

"It's going to be a little different than last year because we're going to have live music," Slava said.

Wrench-a-thon 2007 will also feature grilling, games, prizes and bicycle races for kids.

"They said (WFW)would never last more than three years," Schoer said, "but I think it has absolutely been successful in reaching the kids in the neighborhoods who need it most."

\ If you go:

Location: 2310 Pennsylvania Avenue

Date & Time: Saturday, July 28 at noon through Sunday, July 29 at noon

Event type: Volunteer work (no skills necessary)

Event Details: fix bikes, strip bikes, race kids' bikes, play games with bike parts, learn about WFW Phone: 608-249-3418

Website: www.wheelsforwinners.org

Wrench-A-Thon 2007 Photos