[MCN] Falling Into Place

Free Cycles Missoula mist at strans.org
Wed Sep 21 19:09:26 EDT 2016



Hello Free Cycles fans, fanatics, and followers! 

We are wrapping up a busy summer and transitioning into an exciting Fall.

We are so grateful for the immense support we received for the campaign to purchase the property at 732 S. 1st St. W. We had a wild turn near the end of the capital campaign, and still have some work ahead of us to become the new owner. 

Please read the following news article about the state of our efforts to purchase our home.

To view pictures and a summary of the entire Cycles of Change campaign timeline click here.

As a piece to finish off the financing of the property, we are extremely close to offering promissory notes to the community. These are essentially loans that will be paid back by Free Cycles over time through a combination of tenant rental income, continued fundraising, and growth in program revenue. The future is bright! Please be patient as we work through finalizing the specific details of these notes.

Although our final stage of our campaign is not actively canvassing, phone-banking, or asking for donations, we sure welcome and appreciate them. We are also extremely grateful for volunteer help, please contact us with any interest you may have in getting involved.

Upcoming Projects:

-9 home site visits fixing bikes with kids on the Salish Kootenai Reservation
-2 months of workshops in collaboration with ENDVR HomeSchool
-6 weeks of Growing Bike Builders with Montana Conservation Corps & Washington Middle School
-Ongoing bike support for incoming refugee families in partnership with Soft Landing Missoula
-Bicycle repair and support for the Potomac School Bike-A-Thon
-Maintenance workshops at Opportunity Resource's Autumn Fest ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​-Join us this Saturday, September 24th, from 11-4 pm for the 21st Annual Festival of Cycles. Featuring a Warehouse Clearance sale with screaming deals on one of a kind, vintage, and modern bike frames! Come find your winter project. Frames will go for $20, $30, and $40. Bike building, sculpture crafting, music, and more.
-Saturday, October 1st, 9 am. Ride with the Free Cycles team in the Homecoming Parade. All are welcome.Theme is: ​Float​ing Under the Big Sky with Bicycles!

-On Sunday, October 16th, is the Annual Tweed Ride. Come to the shop around 1 pm, dressed in your finest attire, as the group ride will take off at 1:30 pm sharp. We are searching for people willing to cook and bake for this event.

-1000 New Gardens and Free Cycles joint fundraiser on the evening of October 22nd. Baked goods, music, and fresh-pressed apple cider! More details to come.

​Anyone is welcome. Please contact us for more details.

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