When I walked into Good Karma Bikes I knew that there was something different about it. Walking into the retail store or shop, you have a feeling of positivity and ease. I know that’s not something that they push to do, it’s just who they are. The support that they provide to the community has such a great range. I have personally attended a Women’s Skills night where they not only help answer questions about bikes and repairs but let you do some hands-on learning. Who can change a tire on a bike now? Me! That’s who, and I learned it for FREE. The women’s night was not only a great learning experience, but I felt safe and comfortable surrounded by women who were just as interested, motivated, and completely lost as I was.
The staff and volunteers at GKB help keep bikes on the streets all year long and and provide free repairs during great events like Viva Calle. I’ve also attended their fun socials where I have been able to not only mingle with fellow supporters, volunteers, managers, but the founder and CEO of Good Karma Bikes.
This is also where I learned that they can make a little go a long way with hard work and determination. The best part for me personally, that will get me to donate money or invest my time in volunteering, is their kids’s bike program. Any kid who has always wanted a bike can get one for free. This is the nonprofit that I wish was around when I was a little kid. Growing up, I came from a low income household. My mom worked hard for everything that we had, but sometimes we had to make sacrifices. One of those sacrifices was a bike, and all I really wanted was to cruise down the street on one. I am proud to support an organization that supports a sustainable environment, helps people get to work, doctors appointments, and stay in shape, while also helping to bring families together, build community, and make that cruising down the street dream a reality for so many kids.
Secretary, Silicon Valley Rainbow Rotary