On Bike With Love logo“Mixing friendship with the simple joy of bicycling, we hope to generate an active lifestyle while “pedaling compassion” through our neighborhoods and streets.”
According to endhomeless.org a majority of homeless people counted were in emergency shelters or transitional housing programs, but nearly 4 in 10 were unsheltered, living on the streets, or in cars, abandoned buildings, or other places not intended for human habitation. The unsheltered population increased by 2 percent from 239,759 in 2009 to 243,701 in 2011, the only subpopulation to increase.
According to the CDC (centers for disease control and prevention) more than one-third of Americans are obese, close to 17% of those being young people.
Working from these two realities, OBWL seeks to encourage every day citizens to fill their backpacks, riding bags, tubs, etc with new socks, toiletries, dog treats, bus passes, and other simple necessities jump on your bikes and ride, spending time with your neighbors who live under the stars. It is our hope that OBWL Chapters will start in different cities or neighborhoods throughout the US.
In our culture, the trashcan is where we collect our refuse. For many however, the trashcan represents something other — a medium through which daily struggle and sustenance is found. in the spirit of the ancient practice of gleaning, in which the leftover crops at the edges of farmers’ fields were left for the poor and the stranger, we’ve woven this ancient understanding with the modern day trashcan into a symbol of hope and resource.
TCMD is an initiative that uses the everyday trashcan as the collection container of new goods to be shared and redistributed with those experiencing a shortage of basic human necessities.
The items collected are then specifically distributed to the under-resourced through partnerships you develop with local non-profit organizations, social service agencies, or directly distributed your local neighbors and/or families. TCMD is a growing network of empathetic/compassionate individuals, families, businesses, churches, common based groups, sports teams, and schools all collaborating so to embrace the value of sharing, generosity, and neighborly concern, so every human being has enough.
OVER 250 AGENCIES, NON PROFITS, SHELTERS have received the benefit of TCMD
Thousands of people have received everyday necessities through others “sharing and redistribution”, see map.