Thank you to all the fabulous donors and volunteers who have come to RUBARB throughout October dropping off exciting donations such as bike frames, high end parts, books and volunteering their time and expertise to help RUBARB out! If you are interested in volunteering your time with RUBARB, you don't need to know anything about bikes as long as you want to put your best attributes to work to keep RUBARB twirling into the future, please reach out to us at buildit (a) rubarbike.org. Also if you'd like to learn more about us, come to our monthly meeting on the 3rd Wed of every month at 7pm.
For the fifth consecutive year, NOLA to Angola bike ride rolled out to Angola State Prison over the October weekend of the 16-18th. Several RUBARB volunteers raised money for the Cornerstone Bus Project which is a crucial bus service for families of incarcerated men and women throughout the State of Lousiana. For more information about the bus schedule, please click here. We are all proud of Greg, Liz, Caleb, Simbi, Darren, all the riders, and organizers who raised over $5,000 for families to continue to stay connected to their loved ones.
NOLA to Angola riders - Oct 2015
Big tings a gwaan in these parts! (translation: a lot of things are happening!) RUBARB is in full swing with a great crew of volunteers for the 2015/16 school year. Check out the photos from this month.
We are all super happy to welcome Jujuan as RUBARB's first paid staff member. From the generosity of Youth Empowerment Project and the brilliance of Woody, Jujuan was at the shop for a trial period during the month of September during every open shop. He was both knowledgable and a valuable addition to the RUBARB family. Jujuan was a student at YEP, trained by Woody, and a RUBARB neighbor. The plan is to expand that trial period from one month to a longer term thing, which is really dope!
RUBARB has also teamed up with our neighbor and creator of the game called Kangaroo Court, Ms. Janilyn Johnson. The aim is to bring positive opportunities for the youth in the Upper 9th. Ms. Johnson has been doing just that and is looking to expand her vision to a Community Center on Louisa Street. So it was the perfect time for us to join forces!! We are really grateful for her community leadership and her dedication to making the neighborhood safe for kids to play and grow together.
The RUBARB 2015 Back 2 School Bash was a blast!! With Caleb firing up the grill, Logan organizing games, and neighbors playing music we had a good old fashioned hootenany
School supplies were distributed and lots of fun was had!
Come out to our next event or drop by the shop for open hours - Monday, Wednesday or Saturday.