COVID-19 has impacted every business known to man. Most in negative ways but some in positive ways. According to Keith Jackson of Gearin’ Up Bicycles, the bicycle industry has been doing extremely well. Gearin’ Up Bicycles is Washington D.C.’s only nonprofit community bike shop but they also serve the community as well. Their purpose is to create career development opportunities and teach essential workplace skills to teenagers from underserved communities while encouraging cycling as a practical, healthy means of transportation. Gearin’ Up provides access to quality affordable used bicycles for those in need and hosts various community outreach programs throughout the year.
For the recent Get Up Give Back segment sponsored by Easterns Automotive Group, Reese Waters of Get Up DC (WUSA 9) decided to highlight their importance to the Washington D.C. youth. Gearin’ Up Bicycles has played a major role in getting teens active while teaching them essential business skills. They have an Earn-A-Bike program where youth ages 12-18 can volunteer and have the opportunity to build and keep their bike. Jackson sat down with Waters to discuss just how profitable a career in bicycles can be. Prior to COVID-19, Gearin’ Up Bikes was selling 12 bicycles per month since then they’ve been selling between 55 to 60. bikes per month. This is a true testament to the hard work that the children have been putting in.
During the conversation, Waters told Jackson just how impressed he was by their hard work. It was then that he made Jackson aware of the $1,000 donation that he was giving to Gearin' Up Bicycles on behalf of WUSA 9, Get Up DC, and in conjunction with Easterns Automotive Group. This money will help them get more children involved in the program to keep things going. Please visit http://gearinupbicycles.org to learn more about their youth programs and bike shop.
Easterns Automotive Group and WUSA 9 are always here to help. If you know someone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that is worthy of being helped or recognized, please contact at @ReeseWaters on social media. #GetUpDC #GetUpGiveBack
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