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Bikes for the Blackfeet

Bikes for the Blackfeet

Free Cycles and Essential Eats Distributors are partnering to provide bicycle education and outreach to the community of Heart Butte of the Blackfeet Nation. Please join us for an assembly line style bicycle fix-it night for our pilot project that will provide 60 bikes to kids in need in Heart Butte.

We will provide food and beverages for volunteers that evening! **Don't fret or be turned away if you don't have any bicycle mechanic experience, we will be leading stations and teaching, just your presence and willingness will be helpful! Stop by anytime from Wed, April 18th and Thurs, April 19th from 4pm-8pm to lend a hand.

Overview

Free Cycles and Essential Eats are partnering to provide bicycle education and outreach to the isolated community of Heart Butte. On May 14th we will travel to Heart Butte school with stands, tools, parts, and bikes. A combination of staff and volunteers will work for an entire day teaching kids how to fix their bicycle and providing 60 free bicycles for kids in need.

The Need

Heart Butte, Montana is located in a remote area of the Blackfeet tribal land. Due to proximity and history, the community has limited resources and services. The life expectancy of a Native American in Montana is similar to that of someone in Sudan, Haiti, or Ethiopia. All of the students enrolled in public schools at Heart Butte are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Approximately 44% of Heart Butte’s population is 18 or younger.

Earlier Event: April 18
Bikes for the Blackfeet
Later Event: April 26
Musical Throwdown