Volunteer Spotlight – Matt Migalla
Matt Migalla (pictured at left) is modest about his contributions to the bike shop at St. Louis BWorks. But that’s where he has spent many of his Thursday evenings the past six months – and he’s proven to be a great addition to the team in that short amount of time.
Whether he’s salvaging parts or refurbishing donated bicycles, Matt brings welcome energy and expertise to the tasks at hand, all of which help to support BWorks’ programs for youth.
“I immediately felt comfortable there,” he says about his continued volunteerism with the organization. “There’s great collaboration between the more experienced and the less experienced, and the staff is amazingly talented.”
Matt started lending a hand at BWorks after coming across the organization’s booth at a winter bike expo near his home in southern Illinois. When he heard a staff member say BWorks could always use more volunteers, he jumped at the opportunity to help.
“I really believe in the mission that BWorks has developed over the years,” says Matt, adding that he’s convinced the organization “walks the walk” when it comes to achieving that vision.
At the same time, he sees the opportunity for growth in the level of awareness about BWorks among his neighbors on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.
“Especially in the Metro East here, a lot of people don’t know about BWorks, even though it’s been around for about 30 years,” Matt says.
He’s doing his part to help get the word out and be an ambassador – and is even organizing a bike drive this fall at Cahokia Mounds, the state historic site where he has lived and worked as assistant manager for over three decades.
That drive is set for 9 a.m. to noon October 7. For more information, see the event page.
LANFest – Laclede’s LAN 16 – March 12 & 13 at St. Louis University – to Benefit St. Louis ByteWorks
For gamers, a LAN party is a great way to connect with local folks with shared interests. For gamers in the Midwest, Laclede’s LAN 16, is THE opportunity to enjoy a weekend of connecting with fellow gamers, all for charity. This event will be held onMarch 12 and 13, 2016 at St. Louis University. Laclede’s LAN will generously donate proceeds from ticket sales to St. Louis Byte Works and additional proceeds to fellow St. Louis nonprofit, Angel Baked Cookies.
A part of the LANFest mission is to provide benefit and support to nonprofit organizations. We’d like to take a moment to discuss the organization that will receive most of the benefit from the ticket sales of the Laclede’s LAN 16 event. One organization that our staff has chosen is St. Louis ByteWorks.
Through the Earn-a-Computer program, St. Louis ByteWorks helps local kids learn the skills to successfully operate a computer, gain experience with various types of software, learn some networking skills, and learn how to safely search the Internet and send and receive E-mail. These skills are designed to extend their knowledge of the computer and its uses as well as build confidence.
To learn more about St. Louis ByteWorks programs and community involvement, click here.
DID YOU KNOW
St. Louis BWorks Students:
482 kids between the ages of 7 and 17 participated in BWorks programs (Earn-A-Bike, Earn-A-Computer & Create-A-Book). These students came from 39 different communities in the St. Louis Metro Area (St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Madison County, IL), and in 2013, 56% of those students came from communities outside of the City of St. Louis.
BWorks Family Friendly Rides:
BWorks is offering a series of family friendly bicycle rides in St. Louis that highlight different historic areas of the city. The rides will highlight: Historic Carondelet • Calvary Cemetery • Central West End / West End Literary Tour • Automiblie Row / Locust Street • Old North St. Louis • Lafayette Square & Soulard • Bellefontaine Cemetery. For complete details visit BWorks Events page.
BWorks Bike Drives:
BWorks depends heavily on donated bicycles to fund our three children’s programs (Bike Works’ Earn-A-Bike: Book Works’ Create-A-Book; and Byte Works’ Earn-A-Computer). The sale of the donated adult bikes covers not only the costs associated with these classes but also contributes a large percentage of the BWorks total yearly operating costs.
In the spring and early summer BWorks, in cooperation with local communities, businesses, schools, religious organization, civic groups and individuals, has a series of Bike Drives in which we collect the donated bikes that will become the adult sale bikes • kids bikes for our Earn A Bike students • bicycles we donate to other local organizations • bikes we donate to Bikes for the World which become primary modes of transportation in developing countries • and those damaged bikes and parts which are recycled locally.
Anything you can do in terms of making a donation of an bike you no longer use or organize a bike drive in your community, place of employment, religious organization, civic group or individually will help us help kids. To find out how to start a Bike Drive, please contact us by E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bworks and all its programs are closed on Monday, March 3rd due to the weather.