In partnership with local bicycle shops in Chico, CA we have come together to raise funds for cyclists affected by the Camp Fire to help them get back out riding.
How the Aid Works:
Funds are collected and put into the Aid
Those wishing to receive Aid will fill out a form to get on a list
Funds will be distributed to participants on a first come first serve basis, with special consideration being given to those without insurance
Funds will be redistributed to participants in the form of a gift card to a local bicycle shop of their choosing.
NOTE: You can directly donate to the fund by donating via our website or you can go into any of the participating bicycle shops. Currently, for the holidays, the bicycle shops will have a tree with ornaments. You can go in and pick out an ornament with your donation. All the ornaments will be given to Camp Fire victims. So, we encourage you to write a nice message on the ornament.
Frequently Asked questions
If someone has insurance will they still receive Aid?YES. We may give higher priority to getting funds to those without insurance first.
Why are donations going through Chico Velo and Not a Gofundme or Bank?Chico Velo Cycling Club is a 501.c.3 Non-Profit Organization. We can offer tax deductions for people wishing to donate and there is no additional cost to us to take in the funds for the Aid. Therefore, we are able to give 100% of the money donated back to those in need
Why are funds being redistributed in the form of gift cards to local bicycle shops?Funds are being redistributed to be used at local bicycle shops in the hopes of providing the participants with better customer service and keeping the funds local supporting local businesses. We are quickly finding out the affects of the Camp fire on our community beyond those directly affected. One of the indirect affects are on local businesses. As more and more donations come in, people are no longer shopping at the local businesses as they once normally would do. So, we are attempting to make every consideration to purchase donations through local businesses to redistribute to those directly affected by the fires.