An Uplifting Update
Exciting Updates in Our Bike and Computer Programs
By Melissa Mahon
WTAP AmeriCorps Vista Member
Thank you to everyone who has donated computers and bikes in the past few weeks! Since I began my AmeriCorps VISTA @americorps service with The Welcome to America Project in the first week of July, we have shared over 80 computers and over 35 bicycles with refugees in our community. These families and individuals now have better access to employment opportunities. Computers help job search, job applications, English language learning and career development, while bicycles enable refugees to explore their communities and commute more easily to work and school, avoiding buses. Please continue to donate used computers and bicycles at our warehouse Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8am-11am.
This progress wouldn't have been possible without our partnerships with PCs for Refugees @pcsforrefugees and Phantom Cyclist @phantom_cyclist. We've also had huge support from Central Christian Church, Pivot Cycles, CycleHop, Craig’s Kruisers, AZStRUT, Bike Saviours, Dobson High School and the Tempe Bicycle Action Group. Finally, we have high schools across the Valley who are going to help us collect more computers and bicycles through donation drives the next few months.
Maybe you, your neighbors, school, scouts, club, employer or place of worship wants to add to the impact with a collection drive? The success of our refugee job acceleration effort is dependent on your help and help from our community. We are all a part of helping get refugees more access to employment opportunities through bikes and computers! Also, we are looking for skilled bike mechanics and computer experts to help us ready and repair bikes and computers for refugees. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help refugees to better click and roll.