March Tzedakah Box Supports Good Karma Bikes
Our March tzedakah will support Good Karma Bikes, a nonprofit social enterprise full-service bike shop that reinvests their earned revenue into programs targeting at-risk and emancipated foster youth, as well as those for whom a bicycle is their primary means of transportation. Our donations will support their “College Outreach and Opportunity Program.”
Within 18 months of exiting the foster care system, more than 40% of teens will experience homelessness. The College Opportunity and Outreach Program works with former foster and other disadvantaged youth, ages 18-26, in an attempt to combat such startling statistics. Youth attend a 2-year program learning bicycle mechanics, customer service, sales, and e-commerce training before working part-time in the shop and enrolling in college. While in college, youth become peer-mentors to a new group of participants.
Through the platform of the bike shop, youth learn business operations and engage in philanthropic activities such as fixing bikes for homeless and low-income individuals, and distributing free bikes.
Good Karma Bikes also offers their “Work to Earn a Bike,” program, which allows low-income people to gain safe and reliable bike transportation. Any person can earn a bike in exchange for at least 6 hours of volunteer time at Good Karma Bikes. Please be generous as we support Good Karma Bikes in their important work of changing lives – one bike at a time.
For more information, visit Good Karma Bikes.
To make an online donation, visit the Beth Am Give page and select "Tzedakah Box" from the list of funds (click magnifying glass to see list of funds). Or, your donations may be placed in any of the tzedakah boxes on the Beth Am campus (in the Sanctuary foyer, Beit Kehillah or Administrative Office). If you prefer to make your donation by check, please make it payable to Congregation Beth Am and mail to: Congregation Beth Am, Attn: Tzedakah Box - Good Karma Bikes, 26790 Arastradero Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022. Thank you for your support!