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UTAH # 1 – Give Credit Where Credit Is Due!
It seems like every week or so Utah wins another award for being a great place to live. But these awards are just the tip of the iceberg. In reality, what makes Utah great are the great people who live here. Click here to view the Heart of Our Community and follow us. Click below to follow us on social media.
Bicycle Collective - Posted July 20, 2016
Heart of Our Community would like to express appreciation to the Bicycle Collective, that promotes promote cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. The Collective provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to the community, focusing on children and lower income households. Click here to read more.
Mollie Bourdos, Staff Mechanic at Salt Lake Bicycle Collective - Posted July 20, 2016
Being a woman in a male-dominated environment can be a challenge, but not for Mollie Bourdos. Mollie is a staff mechanic at the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, where she was one of the first apprentices to finish the third tier of the Collective’s Apprenticeship Program. Working directly with the lead mechanic for weeks, she slowly learned the basics to advanced bicycle mechanics. Before completing the apprenticeship, Mollie hadn’t worked on bikes at all. She was a social worker with youth-oriented agencies, but knew she wanted to be a mechanic. Click here to read more.
Shimita, Salt Lake Bicycle Collective - Posted June 22, 2016
Shimita’s story contains the reality that most natural-born U.S. citizens will never fully understand: What it is like to lose everything to violence and war. Every part of Shimita’s life was lost. Not only was he forced to leave behind his beloved people, but had to risk everything and undergo unspeakable hardship and violence to seek refuge in a place unfamiliar in every way. Shimita is from the Democratic Republic of Congo and lived in Tanzania for some time as a refugee, with his mother, sister and brother, before he came to the United States. Click here to read more.
Dylan, Volunteer at Salt Lake Bicycle Collective - Posted June 17, 2016
Life hasn’t been easy for 18-year-old Dylan. Having been diagnosed with a form of Autism, he found school and life challenging at times. Dylan’s bike was his primary form of transportation; while searching the internet for a bike repair shop, he found the Salt Lake Bicycle Collective. According to Dylan, “The first time I came into the shop I was scared because I didn’t know anyone; but I got my bike fixed. I came back because everyone is nice and everybody is willing to help you." Click here to read more.
James McCasey, Provo Bicycle Collective - Posted June 13, 2016
James was 31 years old and weighed 321 pounds. He had been overweight most of his life and was ready to make a change. He had assumed that the problem was genetic, not caused by food choices or a lack of exercise. But after a business trip to Mississippi where he overindulged in southern cuisine, he decided it was time to make a change. A friend of his turned him on to an app called “Myfitnesspal” where he could enter everything he ate. It quickly became apparent that he was eating about 1,200 – 2,000 calories more per day than was healthy. Click here to read more.
Bicycle Collective - Posted June 13, 2016
The mission of the Bicycle Collective is to promote cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier, and safer society. The Collective provides refurbished bicycles and educational programs to the community, focusing on children and lower income households. The Bicycle Collective achieves their mission through a variety of programs, at four locations across the Wasatch Front. This month, Heart of Our Community focuses on the programs impact of the Bicycle Collective. Click here to read more.
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