10 Jamaica Plain Nonprofits to Support on #GivingTuesday

First there was Thanksgiving, then came Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, which were then followed by the virtuous #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is an international day of giving before we get into the commercialized holiday season -- and here are just a few Jamaica Plain nonprofits that help the community in many ways. All of these nonprofits accept donations in different forms and many are also eager to have volunteers donate their time to help their programs. Please contact them for more info. Bikes Not Bombs (284 Amory St. and 18 Bartlett Square) is a unique local nonprofit that "uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change."

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2-Day Bike Maintenance Workshop for Women+

Vie Cycle and Bikes Not Bombs are putting on a bike maintenance workshop for women+*. This is a 2-day workshop where participants will learn about fixing flats, replacing chains, adjusting brakes and troubleshooting bike problems.

For more information and to register, visit www.viecycle.com/upcomingcourses

Check out www.bikesnotbombs.org to see what this great organization is up to. Dates:
​October 9 & 10
7:00pm - 9:30pm

​Location:
Bikes Not Bombs
284 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Tuition: $60

Register at www.viecycle.com/upcomingcourses

*Women+ includes people who identify as female, trans, intersex, queer and gender non-conforming. Basically, all those folks who aren't represented in the Tour de France. If you aren't sure if the "women+" label includes you, please contact us!

Regis Students Work to Raise Awareness and Recruit Volunteers for Bikes Not Bombs

Students at Regis College recently hosted an on-campus awareness and volunteer recruitment event recently for Bikes Not Bombs, a 501c(3) non-profit organization based in Jamaica Plain. Students in the Introduction to Public Relations class arranged for Bikes Not Bombs to bring in a stationary blender bike that students could ride and make a free smoothie if they agreed to volunteer for the organization, share the information on social media or donate in some form (funds, bike parts or a used bike). On November 18, more than 100 students attended the event and learned about Bikes Not Bombs' commitment to using bicycles as a vehicle for social change. Students learned how the non-profit uses bicycles to initiate opportunities for employment, scholarships, mentorship among youth and community members in the Boston area, as well as in developing nations. Attendees received information regarding how Bikes Not Bombs uses bicycles as a source for increased mobility, creating employment, providing an emissions-free alternative energy source and for policy and infrastructure changes.

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JP residents at the People's Climate March, September 2014

People’s Climate March, NYC: Jamaica Plain Was There

Hundreds of Jamaica Plain residents were among the estimated 400,000 participants in this weekend's People's Climate March in New York City. Here is a roundup of photos from JP people and organizations who made the trip. [View the story "Jamaica Plain Represents at Climate March" on Storify] [selfie]

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Fins to the Left, Fins to the Right. Are You Ready for Bike-A-Thon?

Each weekday we post a random image from around the neighborhood. Here's a throwback to 2011, when "Team Shark" participated in Bikes Not Bombs' Bike-A-Thon. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News

Put your photo in the Jamaica Plain News photo pool on Flickr

Tag a picture on Instagram with #02130News

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