Meet Bill Knorr

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'Wild' Bill Knorr If you've been in to visit the HUB in the last six months, chances are you saw 'wild' Bill helping someone fix their bike. He's been volunteering at the HUB day-in and day-out, and has become a member of the BikeVentura family. He is an unwaveringly accommodating and friendly presence; a transformative change from a past that landed him on parole. Bill Knorr became a daily volunteer after discovering the HUB through our work-trade program, but stuck around after he found the sense of accomplishment he got from helping out so satisfying. While he's had trouble in the past, Bill quickly states the change is definitely due to being in the constructive HUB environment surrounded by positive coworkers.  “When I come home from a day at the HUB, my…
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BikeVentura is 2018 Nonprofit of the Year!

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In early 2018, BikeVentura rallied over 50 volunteers to get 200 bicycles to Thomas Fire victims 2018 has been a transformative year for BikeVentura, but also for all of Ventura County and the South Coast. After the Thomas Fire, our community rallied to support those who lost their homes. BikeVentura shifted our priorities to raise funds directly for the United Way, and then got a call from Giant Bicycles that put our organization to an early test. They wanted to donate 200 bikes to get to people who lost everything in the fire, and wanted to know if we could receive, build, and distribute them. Having just moved into a new space, we were apprehensive - could we store and build these bikes? Could we get enough volunteer support? How…
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Oxnard Bike HUB to Open Nov 6

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The Oxnard Bike HUB to be, at 621 Richmond Ave We are proud to announce that the Oxnard bike HUB will open on Tuesdays from 12-4pm at Community Action of Ventura County, providing do-it-yourself bike repair to Community Action clients and the public! BikeVentura staff will be on site with tools and expertise to help people fix their bikes or better outfit them to carry their goods. A bicycle may be the only option for many CA clients for getting to work, school, or essential services, and our low or no-cost services will keep these accessible, while also teaching skills that promote independence. Using the shop will be low cost ($5 an hour) but clients will have the option to volunteer and earn store credit.  This worktrade program has been…
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Cabrillo Village Youth All Smiles After Bike Camp

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Local Kids Earn Free Bikes Last week, a group of 8 youth living in Cabrillo Village earned free bikes after a week long Summer camp. But this was no handout; the youth had to first complete lessons in bike maintenance, safe riding, safe route selection, and character development. The camp was put on in partnership with EPIC Leadership Center, an organization of volunteers working with youth in low-income neighborhoods. It was an idea cooked up by Christine Wood, the founder of EPIC, and Heidi Buccola, BikeVentura Board Secretary. They live across the the street from each other, and after some talking found their own community work could be reinforced by the other's. "We thought of it at first as a mechanic club - like the HUB club," says Buccola, "but we…
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Welcome Norman Schiele to our Board

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BikeVentura is proud to welcome out newest board member - Norman Schiele. Norman has been involved with the Ventura Bike HUB since 2014 as a volunteer, wrenching on bikes and helping with other projects. Since moving into our new space, he has constructed our storage drawers for used parts and our boxes for tire storage. They are a part of what gives our shop its polished look and keep us organized. You'll probably see Norman in the HUB most Wednesdays on our Volunteer Day, and out on our group rides. We're lucky to have him rolling with us.Are you interested in getting involved? BikeVentura is seeking new board members. Now is the time to jump in and be a part of our enormous growth. We've already done so much in…
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