Archive for Category: Fundraising

Tenth Annual Transportation Trivia!

Please join the Community Cycling Center and Oregon Walks on Wednesday, September 5th at the Lagunitas Community Room (237 NE Broadway) for a benefit trivia night and put your knowledge to the test. Doors @ 5:30, Trivia starts @ 6:00. This evening will be dedicated to all of the local, national, and even international transportation […]


Riding for Change!

by Jude Perez On a grey and chilly March morning, the staff of the Community Cycling Center received an email that would leave us smiling from ear to ear.  Elijah Shulman, a student at Northwest Academy, wrote to us with the most unexpected, but amazing, news of his decision to ride his bike 1,650 miles […]


Ride with Us: The Worst Day of the Year Ride!

Minion family at Worst day of the Year Ride

On Sunday, February 11th, regardless of the weather, thousands of fun-loving cyclists will grab their friends, don their costumes, and gather to join the Worst Day of the Year Ride. Riders choose between 4, 15, or 42 mile routes–all with spectacular rest stops featuring yummy treats and warm beverages. After scoffing at the elements, participants […]


Team Tailwind Profile: Phil Wu

Phil Wu profile photo

Just in time for National Bike Month, we are celebrating Team Tailwind, our growing crew of monthly donors who support the Community Cycling Center’s transformative work. Over the next several weeks, we will be highlighting a few Team Tailwind members. Thanks, Team! Who are you? What do you do/enjoy? I’m a retired pediatrician, but I […]


Team Tailwind Member Profile: Alison & Jay Graves

Just in time for National Bike Month, we are celebrating Team Tailwind, our growing crew of monthly donors who support the Community Cycling Center’s transformative work. Over the next several weeks, we will be highlighting a few Team Tailwind members. Thanks, Team! Who are you? What do you do/enjoy? We’re Jay and Alison Graves, and […]


Fruitcake and Bike Love Walk Into an Ice Cream Store…

Photo of the Fruitcake Ice Cream

You can satiate your sweet tooth and support a cause you love at the same time! For the entire month of December, proceeds of Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Fruitcake Ice Cream at Salt & Straw benefit your friendly neighborhood Community Cycling Center. The exchanging of fruitcake is a long-standing tradition, and there’s never been a more infamous […]


The Give!Guide Launches Today!

We are excited to be rolling right along with the 2016 Give!Guide launch today! The Give!Guide works to increase the number of young supporters of local nonprofits and their incredible work by creating a sense of philanthropy across the city. Or, as the guide’s website puts it, they “handpicked 141 of Portland’s most impactful nonprofits and […]


The Shoe-Ins take home the trophy at Transportation Trivia

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager A rowdy crowd joined us at Radio Room last night to test their knowledge of the world’s bike share systems at our 8th edition of Transportation Trivia. With your help, we set a brand new Transportation Trivia record and raised over $4,800 to support our new bicycle library program for underserved communities. Thank […]


Download our 2015 Annual Report

Our 2015 Annual Report is available for download. Check out our financials, 2015 programs stats, and our favorite stories from last year. Thank you for your continued support!    


Donate your vehicle and support Community Cycling Center

By Melinda Musser, Communciations & Marketing Manager We just launched a brand new vehicle donation program with our partner Charity Connections! If you have a car, truck, RV, boat, or other type of vehicle, you can donate it to us via their online form and receive a tax-deductible donation. They’ll even pick up the vehicle […]


We did it!

  By Jersey Deutsch, Volunteer & Development Coordinator Today, the winter campaign totals are confirmed and we are blown away by your support. That’s right, we raised over $179,127! In November we set out to raise $167,000 by the end of the year, which means you surpassed our goal by over $12,000! I joined the […]


Our technology wish list

By Melinda Musser, Communications and Marketing Manager There is another way you can support the future of the Community Cycling Center on our quest to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits. We have various tech and office needs that would allow us to do our jobs more efficiently and effectively. Help bring us back […]


Sponsor a child’s first bike

This December, the Community Cycling Center will celebrate 20 years of the Holiday Bike Drive, our most impactful program that has provided over 10,000 bicycles to children from families with low incomes since 1995. We believe that every child deserves the life-changing power and healthy benefits that bicycles bring. Every December, Holiday Bike Drive helps […]


Bicycle Ball – We did it!

By Jersey Deutsch, Volunteer & Development Coordinator There’s nothing like having an excuse to swing dance in fancy clothes while sipping a Manhattan on a Wednesday night. Over 100 of you showed up for our second annual Bicycle Ball. Because of your support, we are kicking off our Winter Campaign with over $4,200! That’s enough […]


Hopworks Community Tap Program

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manger Today is the beginning of September, which means Hopworks is kicking off their killer Community Tap program! They’re sending  1% of all Bike Bar pint sale proceeds throughout the month to the Community Cycling Center to support our work of broadening access to bicycling and its benefits. Join […]


7th Transportation Trivia Ends Strong

By Patrick Loftus, Event Coordinator An enthusiastic group of transportation wonks crowded Radio Room on Wednesday to test their knowledge of transportation, the Tilikum Crossing, and offer up a little trash talk at our 7th edition of Transportation Trivia. With their help we raised over $2,400 to support our Bicycle Repair Hub at New Columbia. […]


Top three fun and delicious ways to support us this summer!

By Lillian Karabaic, Development Manager We love local businesses at the Community Cycling Center, and in August and September, three great local businesses are loving us back. And it’s going to be delicious. So if you like cupcakes, wine, or beer, here are three great businesses that make supporting the work of the Community Cycling […]


Product Review: Po Campo Six Corners Handlebar Bag

What’s so cool about Po Campo bags? It’s 3-fold: 1) They are cute and stylish and are a bit less obvious and awkward than, say, a big, yellow waterproof pannier. Take them off the bike and you’d never know they are bike compatible. 2) They fit on bikes and racks that might otherwise have trouble […]


Transportation Trivia: BIG TRAINS edition a huge success

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Our Transportation Trivia Night: BIG TRAINS EDITION fundraiser was incredibly successful. Together, we raised a grand total of $3,546 to support our work of broadening access to bicycling and its benefits. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity! For those of you who have been to one […]


We Did It!

 By Lillian Karabaic, Development Coordinator We are wrapping up the most successful Winter Campaign we have ever had at the Community Cycling Center, having raised more than $204,413 of our $203,000 goal, from 576 individuals and businesses. Most notably, a whopping 31% of our donors this campaign are first time donors! It’s a privilege to […]


What we learned at the first annual Jeffersonian Dinner

By Brianna Harris, Campaign Specialist On Wednesday, community members gathered at the Village Ballroom to help build the future of the Community Cycling Center through an evening of idea sharing, priority building, and discussing the challenges facing our community at our first annual Jeffersonian Dinner. Discussions ranged from what strategic direction the Cycling Center should […]


Lessons in leverage – fathers & daughters building community with bikes

By Heidi Beierle, Volunteer Storyteller Paul is a Community Cycling Center donor and regular volunteer.  I spoke with him and his daughter, Nora, during a recent Tuesday night volunteer drop-in at the Alberta  shop.  I’m a volunteer, too, and curious why other volunteers contribute time and money to the organization. “I want to be a […]


5 hand-crafted balance bikes up for bids – Balance Bike Build-off Auction

By Brianna Harris, Campaign Specialist Every year hundreds of faces light up with joy at the Holiday Bike Drive. Kids smile, laugh, and some of them earn their very first bike. At the Community Cycling Center, we can’t help but smile, and be proud of the work we do. We love the bicycle, we love what […]


Eat fruitcake ice cream and support our Holiday Bike Drive

For the past 25 years, Congressman Earl Blumenauer developed a tradition of baking and delivering hundreds of fruitcakes to family, friends, and colleagues. When he dropped off a cake at Salt & Straw, it sparked a big idea. They decided to translate the Congressman’s own personal recipe into a flavorful ice cream concoction. Earl has […]


Photos and recap of The Bicycle Ball

By Lillian Karabaic, Development Coordinator What a night! Community Cycling Center’s 20th Anniversary Bicycle Ball was well-attended with 95 guests. The evening was filled with an air of celebration as dapper duds were donned, photos snapped, and party goers danced the Charleston and the Lindy Hop with drinks in hand. Together, we raised $10,129 during […]


News release: Introducing The Bicycle Ball, Celebrating 20 years of the Community Cycling Center

Live music, 1920s-inspired cocktails, and more November 10, 2014 – Portland, Ore. – This November, get ready for the bicycle event of the season. The Bicycle Ball is a fundraiser for the nonprofit, Community Cycling Center. Celebrating 20 years of broadening access to bicycles, the Cycling Center is hosting this fundraiser to support the next […]


Voodoo launches the bike doughnut in honor of the Community Cycling Center!

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager This July, Voodoo Doughnut is celebrating the Community Cycling Center’s 20th anniversary with the introduction of the bike doughnut! From now until August 2nd, every time you purchase a bike doughnut at the downtown or NE Portland Voodoo locations, a portion of the proceeds will go towards helping […]


A thank you to our supporters from Mychal

Dear Friends, Celebrating the Community Cycling Center’s 20th anniversary is a humbling experience. When we started the campaign at the beginning of June, we never thought it would be as wildly successful as it has become. We set a fundraising goal of $30,000 and our community of supporters rose to the occasion and gave generously.  […]


Bike Gallery Wins 2014 Bike Mechanic Challenge

By Mike Conway, Development Manager What started out as a mellow evening quickly became a night filled with pandemonium. The Bike Mechanic Challenge was in full force Saturday night at Velo Cult. At the helm was Brett Flemming—owner of Efficient Velo Tools—our fearless emcee who led 10 bike shops and 20 mechanics through a series […]


Community Cycling Center celebrates 20 years!

Twenty years ago, the Community Cycling Center became a nonprofit organization dedicated to broadening access to bicycling and its benefits. To celebrate this special anniversary, we want to share this video of our founder, Brian Lacy, with you. Brian speaks about his inspiration for starting the Community Cycling Center. With his vision, he launched core […]


Introducing…the Bike Mechanic Challenge

By Mike Conway, Development Manager Which bike shop has the best bicycle mechanics in the city? Find out at the Bike Mechanic Challenge, a benefit for the Community Cycling Center. Mechanics from around the city will compete in a series of fun events in front of a live audience. There will be food carts, beer, […]


Wine, Fred Meyer, Western Bikeworks, and Amazon

By Mike Conway, Development Manager The Community Cycling Center likes to do things a little differently. We’ve been out and about developing some new partnerships with the hope of offering you (our fabulous friends) new ways to support us and give back to our community. Whether you like wine, shop at Fred Meyer, or are […]


A thank you letter from Mychal Tetteh

Dear Friends, Thank you for supporting us during our winter campaign. Together we raised $121,057. Everywhere we looked, we found people willing to contribute to our work. You heard from people at our Sneak Peek event about why they support the Cycling Center year after year. You watched as 382 children earned their first bikes […]


Sneak Peek raises $12,880!

By: Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator On Wednesday night, dedicated and enthused volunteers, friends and supporters braved the cold and joined us at the 4th annual Holiday Bike Drive Sneak Peek at our bike shop. Warmed with twinkly lights, a Metrofiets’ beer bike and sandwiches galore, we had one of the most successful events to date. […]


Join us at the 4th annual Holiday Bike Drive Sneak Peek fundraiser!

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator It’s a special time of year at the Community Cycling Center, with Holiday Bike Drive right around the corner. At this annual event, 375 kids from families living on low incomes will receive refurbished bikes, safety education, and helmets. We’re celebrating the Holiday Bike Drive and all the work of […]


The 10th annual Give!Guide kicks off today!

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Today marks the start of the Willamette Week’s 10th annual Give!Guide and we are honored to be a part of it for the 6th year in a row. The Give!Guide works to increase the number of young supporters of local nonprofits and their incredible work by creating a sense of […]


Support new riders during our winter campaign! November 1st-December 31st

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator “The bicycle has changed my life in regards to my health. It helps me when I go grocery shopping and when I drop my daughter off at school,” says Yeni Salazar. “It is more fun to ride as a family on our bikes. We are breathing the fresh air, looking […]


Our newest social venture

By Jonnie Ling, Director of Operations “What’s your favorite program at the Community Cycling Center?” I’m often asked in interviews and conversations alike. Our community collaborations with New Columbia and Hacienda usually take the #1 spot, but I may soon have a new favorite. Late in 2012, I was asked to lead a truly innovative […]


Was that the best Transportation Trivia Night yet?

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Transportation Trivia Night is becoming a well-loved tradition around here.  It always seems impossible to top the previous event, but last night may take the cake as the most successful Transportation Trivia Night to date! Over 120 contestants, well-versed in the wonkiest of transportation facts, joined us at the Radio […]


Transportation Trivia Night: Third time’s a charm

By: Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Are you ready for the third installment of Transportation Trivia Night? Have you measured the miles of sidewalks, bike lanes, and streetcar tracks in the Portland Metro area? I hope you included some international and pop culture research as well. Studied up or not, we hope to see you all […]


Meet the newest member of our team – Mike Conway

Hello everyone, I am Mike Conway, the new Development Manager for the Community Cycling Center. I am honored to join the passionate team at the Community Cycling Center to further its mission to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits. As an avid bike rider, and from my graduate research on bicycling interventions, I am […]


Reaching new heights this spring – $22,287 raised in one month!

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator On Friday, May 31st, a group of 178 supporters, volunteers, and new friends joined us at our new workshop space, filled with bikes, beer, and BBQ, to celebrate the completion of our most ambitious spring fundraising campaign to date. Our goal was to raise $20,000 during the month of May. […]


News Release: The Community Cycling Center Celebrates New Workshop Space with a Spring Fundraising Party

Celebration includes Russell Street Bar-B-Que, Hopworks, Metrofiets, a bike museum, and more May 20, 2013 – Portland, Ore. – The Community Cycling Center is celebrating their new workshop space with a spring fundraising party on Friday, May 31st, from 7:00 to 10:00pm. During the event, the Center will offer sandwiches from Russell St. Bar-B-Que, mini […]


Come see what’s inside…at our spring fundraising event!

By: Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator   This May, we’re celebrating  two very important things:  our spring fundraising campaign and our new workshop space. What better way to celebrate both than a workshop-warming party and fundraiser all in one? We’re going all out for this one. Delicious food, tasty beer, a photo booth room, a bike […]


Our spring fundraising campaign kicks off May 1st!

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator This spring, we’re going big. On May 1st, we’re kicking off our spring fundraising campaign – with the goal to raise $20,000 in one ambitious month. Funds raised during this campaign will enable us to continue and expand our work empowering individuals and building capacity in underserved neighborhoods and respond […]


Breesa’s getting a new commute

We are bummed, but mainly very proud, to announce that after five amazing years, our firecracker Development Manager, Breesa, is leaving the Community Cycling Center. Early next month, she’ll return to her alma mater, Reed College, as their new Assistant Director of the Annual Fund. Beginning in 2008, Breesa put her enthusiasm, smarts, and smile […]


Transportation Trivia Night: Round 2

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Our second Transportation Trivia Night fundraiser was tougher, rowdier and more successful than we could have imagined. For those of you who haven’t been to one of our Transportation Trivia Nights, trust us when we say: when you get a bunch of transportation wonks in one room, things get wild. […]


Transportation Trivia Night: Start forming alliances

By: Noel Mickelberry Back by popular demand! This isn’t just any trivia night. It’s Transportation Trivia Night – a fundraiser for the Community Cycling Center! Last August we held our first ever transportation-themed trivia night fundraiser  at the Radio Room – and were blown away by the turn out, and how much fun the entire […]


Donors dig deep during the winter fundraising campaign

By Breesa Culver, Development Manager A hearty thank you to everyone who contributed during our winter fundraising campaign! Thanks to those who rounded up their bills at the bike shop, attended the Sneak Peek, donated online, and mailed in checks, we are within spitting distance of our $130,000 goal. The winter campaign is one of […]


Sneak Peek raises $11,114

By Breesa Culver, Development Manager We are so lucky. More than a hundred of our amazing supporters and neighbors came together on Wednesday night for the Holiday Bike Drive Sneak Peek – our annual winter fundraiser. The rooms of our bike shop quickly filled with smiling supporters who caught up with old friends and made […]


Alicia’s Holiday Bike Drive story (VIDEO)

This December, over 400 underserved children will choose their very first bicycles at our 17th annual Holiday Bike Drive. Check out the video below featuring Alicia and Diego Sanchez, who share their memories of how bikes have affected their family after Alicia received her first bike in 2010.   To celebrate the spirit of the Holiday […]


Ready, set, go! We’re in the Give!Guide

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator This fall, the 9th annual Willamette Week Give!Guide will feature 110 local nonprofits in an effort to encourage people under the age of 36 to become involved philanthropically in the Portland area. We are incredibly honored to be included in this year’s fund drive. During its first eight years, the […]


Next Tuesday at 15th Ave Hophouse: Raise a glass and help us out

By Breesa Culver, Development Manager It’s that time of year when comfort food is called for and what better way to enjoy it than when proceeds from your meal support a cause you believe in? On October 30th, Fifteenth Avenue Hophouse will donate 15% of their sales between the hours of 6 and 9 pm to […]


Cycle Oregon 2012 – and we’re back!

By Breesa Culver, Development Manager Last week, four Community Cycling Center staff members, 14 volunteers, and one very talented event planner headed south to join the traveling circus that is Cycle Oregon to raise money for our community programs. We arrived back in Portland last Saturday with sunburns, hoarse voices, so much dirt and bike […]


Meet Ihe

Every Saturday, Ihe gets out his helmet, gets on his bike, and joins up with his neighbors to go on a group ride. The grassroots bicycle group at New Columbia, “We All Can Ride”, has been teaching Ihe bike safety and the joy of riding. Through the Saturday rides, Ihe has taken on a leadership […]


Transportation + Trivia: the hottest combo in Portland since bike lanes on bridges

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Who knew so many people in this city love transportation AND trivia? Over 80 people joined us at the Radio Room last night to partake in the battle of obscure transportation trivia, and a battle it was. We had tie-breakers at the end of each round and some heavily contested […]


It takes a community to build a Bike Hub

My family moved to Portland from Togo. Moving to a new environment isn’t easy. But the magic gift of a new bike helped me to get out and explore. I received my first bike through the Community Cycling Center’s Holiday Bike Drive. Rolling through the neighborhood and exploring Portland gave me such joy. In 2010, […]


313 bikes given new lives

By Melinda Musser, Communications & Marketing Manager Our Bike Donation Campaign ended on July 30th, and thanks to our donors, we collected a grand total of 313 bicycles in one month! This was our very first Bike Donation Campaign at the shop, and we came so close to meeting our goal of collecting 400 bikes. […]


Spring fundraising campaign a success: Thank you, donors!

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Our spring campaign ended on May 31st and, thanks to our tremendous donors, we raised a grand total of $12,346 in just over a month. Our campaign kicked off on April 27th with Building Momentum, a party in the shop where we presented our new strategic vision for the next […]


Building momentum with a little help from our friends

By Noel Mickelberry, Development Coordinator Mini-pies, donated bikes, a hula hoop covered in bike lights and our awesome supporters – who could ask for a better fundraising campaign kick-off? Last Friday, the bike shop was packed with people munching on tasty food, bobbing their heads to sweet soul tunes, and chatting away happily. They had […]


Help BUILD MOMENTUM during our spring fundraising campaign

By Breesa Culver, Development Manager We are building a more inclusive bicycle economy + culture in Portland. Will you join us? For the past twelve months, we’ve been hard at work creating an updated strategic plan. Working with board members, strategic partners, and every single staff member, we are proud to have created a robust […]


Winter fundraising campaign a success

As a nonprofit, we rely on generous businesses, foundations, and individuals to support our community programs. From Bike Camp scholarships and Hol…


Cupcake Day!

Cupcake Jones, a locally owned bakery in the Pearl District, will be donating 5% of their proceeds to us for one day, August 16th. Start planni…


It takes a community part 2: The donor

It takes a community to create the magic of Holiday Bike Drive every year. This winter, we are featuring profiles of community members who have pit…


Vote for us at Patagonia!

We’re excited to announce that we are participating in Patagonia’s Voice Your Choice fundraising campaign this month. We are one of three groups th…


Get a little, give a little

Hey there, Richie Rich! You have any plans for that economic stimulus check? We bet you do!

Please consider using at least part of it to make a …


Give!Guide Results Are In

The final results are in, and with your help, the Community Cycling Center ranked 7th in overall fundraising with a total of $20,434 raised in the …


Drink Coffee for the CCC!

Nossa Familia coffee is donating 50 cents for every pound of coffee sold in December at New Seasons stores. Now you can get your daily fix while s…


Check Us Out in the 2007 Give!Guide

The Community Cycling Center has been selected by the Willamette Week for inclusion in the 2007 Give!Guide, a holiday season fundraiser that genera…


$15,000 Raised at Cycle Oregon

Last weekend, hundreds of cyclists finished up the sometimes grueling, always gorgeous 481-mile Cycle Oregon route, and the Community Cycling Cente…