R Community Bikes Inc. collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution without charge to needy children and adults in Rochester.
Its mission is to provide safe, basic transportation for people in the community who depend on bikes for recreation as well as to get to work, school, rehabilitation programs and training. The organization also advocates for its target population to be included in local discussions regarding bike-related policies and practices such as the establishing of bike lanes.
R Community Bikes was organized as a nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) charitable status in 2008, but it has been in operation since 2001.
Every year the organization gives away 2,500 bicycles and repairs 3,500 at its headquarters at 226 Hudson Ave. and at four off-site venues during the summer.
The organization began when William D’Anza, a current board member, was serving lunch at St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality and was asked to do a minor bike repair for a guest. He made the repair in the parking lot and promised to return the next week. R Community Bikes still conducts weekly bike giveaways at St. Joseph’s during the spring and summer.
R Community Bikes has relationships with more than 70 service agencies in the Rochester area. A letter of recommendation from an agency, school or church is required for any adult to be given a free bicycle.
To raise money for parts, supplies and tools, the organization refurbishes some donated bicycles with special value and sells them at its Hudson Avenue warehouse.
Dan Lill is director of R Community Bikes. The organization has no employees and depends entirely on volunteers to repair bicycles and manage its operations. More than 150 volunteers contribute more than 16,000 hours annually.
The warehouse and headquarters of R Community Bikes is at 226 Hudson Ave., and its website is www.rcommunitybikes.net.
Financial Record Year ended Dec. 31, 2015
Contributions $35,559 69
Profit from sale of inventory 16,318 32
Investment income 5 less than 1
Total revenue $51,882
Rent, utilities and maintenance $22,747 93
Printing, shipping 1,308 5
Professional fees 375 2
Grants 90 less than 1
Total expenses $24,520
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $27,362
Board of Directors
Dan Lill, director
Bill Cochrane, treasurer
—Researched by Bill Alden
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