Waste Connections Christmas Promise
December 6, 2012
||Columbia Machine Warehouse
3000 Columbia House Blvd
The ball is rolling for the 2012 Promise and I’m soliciting for both funds and for bike mechanics this year. The club’s Board of Directors are currently discussing a financial contribution to the Christmas Promise project and I thank them in advance for the support. I’d like to pass an opportunity to the rest of the club to personally donate time and/or money to the project. For a financial donation, please make your checks payable to “Waste Connections Christmas Promise.” To ensure timely ordering of bikes we would like to receive your contribution by November 21, 2012. Currently we only accept checks, not credit cards for the Christmas Promise drive. Mail To: Waste Connections Inc 501 SE Columbia Shores Blvd #350 Vancouver WA 98661 Attn: Ayla Gokturk With regard to volunteering time, most of the “bike builder” positions are filled from the large employee pool at Waste Connections. However, working both ends of this project – both the WC end as one of the coordinators and the “bike side” – I think the builders are in desperate need of knowledgeable bike mechanics to assist with the bike building. Our WC volunteers are great but they lack any real skill in understanding and assembling bicycles. This is where I think the VBC can offer some real value. If you are a bike mechanic – professional or just someone who knows his or her way around a bike – and you would like to volunteer for the bike build, please RSVP to me via email. The location details are below. Our goal this year is to purchase and build 500 bikes in one evening, December 6th. No matter how well we try to control the build, it’s always barely contained chaos and this year’s goal is double last years actual number. So, if you volunteer be prepared for enthusiasm, mayhem, and incredible good cheer. If you choose to bring your own tools, please be sure they are easily identifiable and/or contained. If mechanic volunteers would please wear something day-glow, that would make you easily identifiable from the rest of the crowd as a BIKE PRO who is available to help other builders when they hit the “what the heck is THIS for” stage. This is not a “spit and shine” project. You will actually be building bikes or answering questions from other volunteers about how to build. While some of these bikes are nearly assembled “out of the box”, the larger bikes for older kids are complicated and we almost always find incorrectly assembled bikes that require some rebuild. DEC. 6th -- Tables delivered to warehouse. Bicycles delivered to warehouse. Bicycle build begins at 4:pm >The address is: >Columbia Machine warehouse >3000 Columbia House Blvd. >Entrance is in the back just south of the School for the Deaf Soccer Field. >Entrance is off of Grove Street, turn left into parking lot. >Entrance to building is far NW corner. > >Waste Connections will be providing food and beverages during the build.