A True Collaboration Between Local Non-Profits with Mutually Beneficial Results
NCHFH and The Seven Hills Bicycle Recycle Project Team Up
Nevada County Habitat for Humanity
Habitat ReStore General Manager
Seven Hills Bicycle Recycle Project
(530) 265-1840 x 8143
You might not think that the work of a bicycle shop and Habitat would go together, but they do in a way that would surprise you. Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the Seven Hills School Bicycle Recycle Project have been working together and the result is powerful: increased revenue for both. Since early Summer of 2012 the Bicycle Recycle Project has been bringing refurbished and repaired bicycles to the local Grass Valley Habitat ReStore to sell, and the two organizations split the proceeds. This is a true example of how organizations can partner and leverage their respective resources to create a win-win for them and for the community. Habitat ReStore will be presenting a check for $760 to Seven Hills from the sale of 16 bicycles over the last 3 months. Creative collaborations are the wave of the future for organizations; providing a way to get more done with fewer resources.
“This is a real win-win-win when you look at it. Seven Hills wins because they now have a retail outlet for their great bikes, Habitat wins because of increased bike sales, and the community wins because they get great bikes at a great price and keep perfectly good used bikes from ending up in the land fill,” says Danny Childs, General Manager of the Nevada County Habitat ReStore. “We hope to sell many more as more people realize that their dollars can help multiple organizations,” Childs says.
Anyone looking for a bike should start with the ReStore because you will save a lot of money and there are some nice bicycles available, even for those who are more serious riders. Also, if you are looking to get rid of a bike you aren’t using anymore you can donate it to either group and your donation makes double the difference. Shopping and donating to either organization supports school kids learning a skill and families being able to purchase a safe, stable, andaffordable place to call home.
This is just the beginning of a great partnership, and an example of how joining forces can have a
About Nevada County Habitat for Humanity
Nevada County Habitat for Humanity (NCHFH) was organized in mid 1995 by various community, government and church members to address the growing and recognized need for affordable housing in Nevada County. In the past years, NCHFH has grown from a handful of concerned citizens to a grass roots organization with a 12 member governing Board of Directors, a roster of 25 Standing Committee Members, over 60 committed volunteers and 500
loyal financial donors, all committed to achieving our mission of providing simple and decent affordable homes for hard-working local families. To date NCHFH has completed 23 homes across Nevada County providing affordable homeownership for 31 adults and 66 children of qualified families. NCHFH broke ground in the Fall of 2010 on a 16-home “Heritage Oaks” development their most ambitious project to date, and have completed 4 homes of the 16. For more information, visit www.nchabitat.org
About the Bicycle Recycle Project.
The Bicycle Recycle Project took shape around the notion that middle school was the ideal time to teach students mechanical skills that they could use for the rest of their lives. The Project gives students the opportunity to believe that school can work for them. In 2002, the Bicycle Recycle Project received the Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association recognizing it as a unique and exemplary program. In 2009, Seven Hills School received California Distinguished School Recognition in part because of the Bicycle Recycle Project. Thanks to a generous grant, a state of the art Bicycle Recycle Project classroom/workshop was built in 2010. The Bicycle Recycle Project at Seven Hills School in Nevada City, California, provides students hands-on learning of basic bicycle mechanical skills, reinforces the value of recycling, and provides the satisfaction of helping others. The program enhances environmental awareness and empowers students toward self-sufficiency. Reduce – Reuse – Rebuild. For more information, visit www.ncsd.k12.ca.us