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Community Bicycle Center Receives United Way of York County Grant

Biddeford, Maine. The Community Bicycle Center (CBC) today announced that it has been awarded a one-year grant totaling $6,000 by United Way of York County. The investment will build life skills in youth to provide healthy foundations for life. Through the mobilization of resources, expertise and funds that support programs focused on education, income and health- the building blocks of a good life, United Way of York County advances the common good and strengthens the whole community.

The Community Bicycle Center exists to empower youth through bicycles and bicycling experiences. The CBC’s after/out of school programs include drop-in bike maintenance, a girls-only bike riding group, seasonal mountain bike and road rides, making art with recycled bike parts, and formal bike repair training groups.

Thanks to the continued support of many dedicated individuals, businesses and organizations throughout York County, this year, the United Way is investing in 78 community programs serving children, youth, adults, and families.

“Despite economic uncertainty in 2010, local people gave very generously to our United Way community campaign,” said United Way of York County President and CEO Kathryn Davis.” As a result, in 2011 we are able to provide much needed support for essential human services across the region.”

Since 2005, the CBC has been facilitating youth development programs that equip youth living in Biddeford and surrounding communities with life skills, physical health, mentoring, and asset-building experiences. We use hands-on bicycle maintenance, cycling, and community service activities to develop thriving attitudes, behaviors, and skills in participants. Staff and volunteers are guided by our vision of engaging people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences to improve their well-being through bicycles and bicycle-related experiences.  Please visit http://www.communitybike.net/ or call 207.282.9700 to learn more about our programs.

Established in 1986, United Way of York County works to advance the common good of everyone in York County by focusing on the unique characteristics of our community and by strengthening programs focused on Education, Income and Health. By galvanizing individuals and organizations to act, while mobilizing resources, expertise and funding. United Way of York County creates opportunities for residents through lifelong learning, financial stability and healthy foundations for life.

To learn more about United Way of York County and be part of the change you want to see in the world, we invite you to visit http://www.buildcommunity.org/ or call 207.985.3359 to learn how you can Give, Advocate, or Volunteer.