The EAB Shop has continued to grow this past month. Our online presence has been attracting more customers. This month we have sold 6 bikes to new customers. The EAB Shop Online Store is continuing to grow and we are adding more products every week. If you are interested in purchasing from us, you can secure your purchase online and pick up at the shop on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm and on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 9:00am -2:00pm.
Starting this month the EAB Shop will be open on Saturdays! The 1st and and 3rd Saturday of each month the shop will be open from 9:00am to 2:00pm for normal shop business. If you have a bike that you would like to work on, need service for your bike, looking to purchase a refurbished bike or gear or interested in volunteering for one of the many projects we have, please fill out our New Volunteer Form.
Family Group Rides are starting this month as well. The 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month, we will host a no-drop, family-friendly, group ride. We will meet at the shop starting at 8:00am and ride out at 9:00am for a 5-8 miles ride around the area. During the preparation time we ask all participants over the age of 4 to wear a mask and physically distance themselves from people outside of their family group when possible. If you or anyone in your household have been exposed to Covid-19 in the past 14 days or experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, we ask that you please wait till everyone if your home is well before you mingle and ride with us. Please check out our Shop Community Calendar to see the events happening at the EAB Shop.
Our Volunteers are working very hard on a number of improvement projects around the shop. This past month we have demoed the wooden fence that was between the shop and the basketball courts. They have also cleared out the grapevine that was engulfing the fence. We are working to clear this area out to create The EAB Outdoor Cafe. The plan is to make this space a place of welcome for anyone wishing to come and sit for a few minutes and talk bikes or just life. The project will include; installing a canopy for shade and protection from the elements, built-in seating and planter boxes along the fence line, a bike wash/repair station, a smoothie / coffee / tea bar and a painted mural. To accomplish this we need your help. We need your time, we need your skills, we need your unused materials, and we may need a little bit of help financially. Saturday September 5th we will be working on clearing the rest of the grapevine and debris from the area. We hope to build one planter box with seating and a bike wash station with the recycled wood we have from the fence demo. On September 19th, the plan is to clear out the contents in the shop to rearrange the shop. We need space for bikes to be on display and for our mechanics stations to move. We have lots of items that need to be moved to storage and new storage shelving to be made.
Items we need donated this month:
In April, we had to adapt our Earn-A-Bike @ School program to the changing environment around the Covid pandemic. We took the EAB@School program and moved it online. We adapted very quickly because we know the importance this program has on the youth in the area. During the summer months we were able to evaluate our first online course, research how to create meaningful and engaging course content, and apply what we had learned to a new edition of our EAB Online course. The second edition of EAB Online is a very comprehensive course that goes over cycling safety, the importance of wearing a helmet, tool safety, maintaining your bicycle to keep it running smoothly, and an emphasis on the importance of health, diet, and exercise.
This summer, we were also able to work with CAST School in San Antonio to offer five internships for students in the CAST system. The students that we worked with were all very impressive and were able to contribute to a number of the EAB programs. These interns worked hand-in-hand (virtually of course) with the EAB staff on various projects including our social media promotions, the new online course, the EAB Shop, and cultivating donor relationships. We look forward to working with CAST Schools in the future and we wish our interns the best in the coming school year. To see the CAST School facebook live video of our interns click here.
The EAB Shop at the Ella Austin Community Center has seen some progress this summer despite the pandemic. Currently the shop is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Jayme and the volunteers are working to reconfigure the shop layout and make the shop more conducive for future sales and classroom learning space. At the same time, we are also working to bring more products up for sale using our social media accounts and the Earn-A-Bike Shop website. By purchasing through the EAB Shop, customers are directly helping fund other Earn-A-Bike programs within the community. Tax deductible donations can be made in person during shop hours or by appointment.
Future and ongoing projects include running a water line to the shop, building a bike wash station, installing a hand washing station, building bike racks and product display racks, installing a new cooling system, bicycle repair and overhaul, and helping pick up donations around the city. If you are interested in volunteering please email Jayme at firstname.lastname@example.org.