September Update on Cool Water Bikes
2015 has been a very busy year at Cool Water Bikes.
2015 has been a very busy year at Cool Water Bikes. So far, sales have increased nearly 50% over last year. At the same time, we've also seen an increase in the number of youth stopping in to the shop and interested in earning a bicycle. So far this year, two young men have completed the time to earn a bike. Others are in process and we're always here to lend them a hand with their own bikes when they need maintenance help.
In June, I lost the majority of the volunteers who have been helping over the last three years. Most of them were college students who graduated this spring. That, combined with the great increase in sales means that we have very few bicycles ready to sell at the moment. If you have any mechanical experience and have the time to help, I would love to talk to you about how you can help us.
Our fundraiser bike ride in June, Skeeter Skoot, was a very fun day. We had about 50 people, including volunteers, come out to ride on the Centennial Trail and bid on silent auction and raffle items. This was a smaller turnout than we had hoped for and we ended up barely breaking even financially for the event. This was a big hit for the year, as we rely on donations for about one third of the budget for Cool Water Bikes. We are now heading into the slow season for bicycles and we will need help to make up the deficit. If you can donate toward the work here at Cool Water Bikes, please visit our website: coolwaterbikes.org or give me a call: 509-838-8580.
Overall, I am thrilled about what has been going on here this year. Some of you may have heard that one of our large front windows was broken in June. Many of you donated money to help us replace it and it is now to-tally repaired. God is faithful and I pray that he will continue to use this place to change hearts and minds (including my own) to trust him more and more.