Community Tune Up Fund
WHAT IS IT?
Very simply, it’s a program any bicycle repair shop can copy. Some portion of my more well off clientele can admittedly afford to, and are willing to prepay repair for some portion of my less well funded customers in bulk. All I really need to do is ask. Well, I’ve asked, and folks have really showed up for bicycle stewardship! This is one way a bicycle shop can really engage the community.
how do we stay informed?
Below is a live Google Sheet that updates in real time what kind of things are getting waived, or comped, and how much. Pictures and names will appear only when consent is given! This is just to show a bit of transparency.
At $1,825 I believe we are set for the rest of the year and possibly most of Spring 2021, but stay tuned as I continue to build out this page!
When can i “contribute?”
When I’m ready to re-up this little fund I’ll hype on social media what I call a “gift card blitz.” It’ll link to my homepage where the gift card will sit dormant until the go date, and then I’ll make it live and you can buy custom gift cards in any amount in any quantity until I reach the amount I think I need based on the previous run. Follow me here, or on Instagram or Facebook, linked in the footer.
What this isn’t
It’s not a charity. I’m not a 501c(3) organization. This is a business, and I need it to be as successful as possible so that I can improve my own quality of life. But I also feel a strong responsibility to people. I won’t farm out that work and burden of conscience to non-profits or charities, like other businesses do. I’m going to do it myself, or rather we’re going to do it together! You know, like a community.
“What if people come back again and again to game the system?”
This question was taken from an email sent to me by a concerned citizen of relevant Chesterfield.
People are not roaches. I’m not going to punish someone for admitting they’re still poor. I get to decide to help or not.
If I feel cheated or disrespected there will be a conversation, but I’m not going to implement some kind of blanket policy.
Live Google Sheet
Always improving, here I log the work done, the amount owed, and the amount paid. the sheet has a math type cell, that adds the amount waived so we can keep track of how much of the fun we’ve redistributed in labor and parts. Thanks.
I don’t really have one, but I do accept bicycle donations from the community. I think this is pretty typical of most bicycle shops. Basically, if you have a bicycle you don’t want, you can definitely ask me to fix it up and give it away!