MEET JOEL | BYKE PROJECT VOLUNTEER & HURRICAN HARVEY VICTIM

DONATION GOAL:  $5000   
CURRENT DONATIONS:  $300

Joel Salazar has been a vital part of the Byke Project for many years and is also my nephew.  He lost everything he had to the floods in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey. He rents an apt from a family member and we had to throw away everything he had, along with ripping out floors and cleaning out the entire apt.  He still has a place to go to after we work to restore the apt and until then he’s staying with me.

I’m working to help do whatever possible to get him new clothes, furniture, and even appliances that he lost. He was caught totally off guard this week when one of our instagram friends offered to make a donation to him and you have no idea how awesome that made him feel. If anyone would like to contribute to help him you would be contributing to one of the nicest and helpful guys you’ll ever meet. 

If you’d like to donate clothing, here are his sizes:

– 3X shirts
– 44 waist (shorts or pants)
– Size 12 shoe
– Black socks
– Belt(s)
– Brief underwear

His apt was a small 1 bedroom so if anyone would like to donate any furniture that would be awesome or gift cards to Target, Ikea, or any other store would be put to good use.

If you’d like to donate funds, you can do so by clicking the DONATE button above.  We’ll then get the funds to him immediately and help him get whatever he needs.

Items can be dropped off at either the Byke Shop studio at 2500 Summer Street #3118 between 7am – 7pm or our home at 1318 W. 23rd St. 77008.

Thank you all for your help.

THE BYKE PROJECT

The Byke Project’s primary goal is to reach young people and we do this through special events called Byke Projects.  At each Project we provide free bike repair as well as give away free bikes to those that can’t afford to own one.  This is a day filled with bike repair, music, bmx stunt shows, giveaways, and relationship building with those in the community.  By the end of each event a transformation in the atmosphere is evident as kids are riding around on their “new” bikes and many adults and older teens are hanging out enjoying the days events.

Each event that we host is funded out of our pockets and private donations.  We are limited in what we can do and how many communities we can reach by the amount of funding available.  We are in the application process at the moment to obtain non-profit status which will open the door for more funding through grants and larger private donations.  Until then we do what we can to fund each outreach and effort.

If you would like to make a donation to the Byke Project you can do so via Paypal and your donation will go towards the following needs:

– Bicycle Parts (tires, chains, tubes, grips, pedals, seats, wheels, etc)
– New Sound Equipment (PA system, mics, amps, etc)
– Pop-Up Tents
– Bike Stands
– Bike Repair Tools
– Storage Rental
– Trailer Outfitting (we currently own a 5 x 10 trailer that needs some work)
– Purchase of an outreach vehicle (We’d like to purchase a large van that can be used to travel and serve as our branding vehicle within the city. )