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: