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Cranksgiving Food Drive + Bike Ride

For the past 15 years, St. Louis BWorks has hosted the annual Cranksgiving canned food drive by bicycle. During those years, with support from the community (that’s you), we have collected more than 100,000 nonperishable food items that are then donated to a local food bank.  

In 2021, we are continuing Cranksgiving but in a different vein and hope you will continue to give and help us keep the Cranksgiving spirit going. 

Due to continued safety concerns, we will once again not have a mass group ride. Right now we believe that the responsible thing to do is to hold off on the huge group event for one more year. 

Instead, we are asking folks to ride in small groups or individually along a typical Cranksgiving route. We are also making it a Sunday to Thursday event so that you can pick a date/time that works best for you.  

How:  

Make a donation here: We are asking for $15 donation per rider.  

BWorks will have a marked route on the street as well as a paper route map (available for pickup at Schlafly Tap Room during their business hours at the below dates).  

When: 

Sunday, Nov. 14 to Thursday, Nov. 18: You pick the date and time that’s best for you.

Where: 

Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St., 63103 (1 free beer per $15 donation) 

What’s Changed: 

No mass start, you decide when. 

No grocery store stops, your $15 (or more) donation will go further when we buy in bulk. 

No, we will not have a shirt design this year. 

This Year’s Donation:Your monetary donation this year will support Operation Food Search.

One evening in March 2020, like many other times, staff and volunteers of BWorks gathered to catch up and discuss the day. This time, instead of discussing classes, goals for the week, upcoming birthdays, vacations, who has a new child or grandchild, we talked about what shutting down in person classes would look like. I don’t know if I, personally, will ever forget that evening and handing out our stock of N95 masks.   

Since then, our small staff and dedicated volunteers have learned so many new things making it possible for BWorks to be able to continue to operate. These individuals have gone above and beyond what BWorks asked of them, all while wearing a mask.   

Recently, some pushback has come from retail customers about wearing masks while in our building. So, we’re once again citing our rules for all to follow:

  1. All people are required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth at all times while inside our building. 
  2. All people are required to wear a mask at all times while outside our building, while working on Bworks projects and unable to keep 6 feet of distance, that covers the nose and mouth. 
  3. All staff and volunteers have the authority to ask any customers who refuse to wear a mask to leave our building. No need to argue or ask for a manager. 

While you might be vaccinated against COVID, most of our kids are not. These are our students in programs and our own kids/grandkids etc.  

We are incredibly thankful that so many of you continue to follow these basic rules. 

Like everyone, we want to get back to not wearing a mask, but we won’t and can’t do this, until the spread of COVID is better managed. Please consider getting vaccinated and yes, please wear a mask. 

Patrick Van Der Tuin 

P.S. We also required people in our buildings to wear clothing — tops and bottoms — at all times. 

Bworks is looking for more help to grow and maintain our programs! Come be part of a great team of staff and volunteers working with hundreds of students each year!

Programs Administrator 

Job Description 

Purpose: Administrative and program support to BWorks’ education programs. Reports to Executive Director 

Projected hours: Average of 5-10 hours per week flexible schedule (with potential to grow) Pay rate: Flexible, depending on applicable experience with a range of $17 to $22 / Hr 

Subject to 30 day probation

This is a flexible position to support the needs of BWorks and its educational programs. While BWorks has made an effort to provide a general description of the duties and tasks of this position, the successful candidate must understand that this is not a comprehensive job description. Tasks and duties may be modified at any time. 

Metrics and Administrative Duties 

● Schedule both staff and volunteer lead classes.

● Recruit students for programs through communication with schools and other groups. 

● Collect metrics from various silos of information including spreadsheets, databases, forms, and participating schools. 

● Work with Executive Director to organize metrics into an understandable format. 

● Manage paperwork relating to volunteer instructors (background checks). 

● Coordination of program paperwork. 

● Manage participant wait lists.

Program Development and Reviews   

● Participate in and co-lead annual reviews of each program 

● Participate in and co-lead development of new or expanded programing offerings with other staff and volunteers.   

Qualifications 

Potential candidates must possess: 

● High school diploma or equivalent; 

● Excellent oral and written communication skills; 

● Enthusiastic passion to achieve the BWorks mission; 

● Flexibility to change direction quickly as required by the operational needs of the BWorks environment; 

● Ability to work efficiently and independently with little supervision.

● Superior attention to detail and strong initiative. 

Preference will be given to candidates that also possess the following: 

● Bachelor’s degree in Education; 

● Strong comfort with editing spreadsheets and text documents; 

● Prior administrative and/or teaching experience; or 

● Experience or interest in youth education (ages 6 to 18). 

Application Process 

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and 3 – 5 references to BWorks’ Executive Director, Patrick Van Der Tuin at Resume@BWorks.org 

Due to the volume of applicants, no phone calls please. Only applicants considered for interviews will be called. This position will remain open to applicants until filled.

Reopening

After over a year of having our building closed to students and customers, Bworks is pleased to be reopening our space on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Rules we need you to follow:  

PLEASE WAIT OUTSIDE in the cue along the building. PLEASE do not stand in front of our doors. When the customer currently inside is done, WE will come invite you into the building. If no one is in line please push the doorbell hard. 

  1. 2 Customers at a time, unless with children. 
  2. Masks Required: No warnings, we will ask you to leave if your mask does not cover your nose and mouth. 
  3. Be Nice