File: LaRita Schandorff, director of the Nampa Bicycle Project, stands in front of the downtown location. The Nampa Bicycle Project is looking for a new home and a new director. Director LaRita Schandorff started the project in 2017, modeling it in part after the Boise Bicycle Project. The Canyon County nonprofit gives bikes to those in need .
“We don’t ask very much in terms of questions or requirements,” she said. “We just ask them to tell us their story and what they plan to use the bicycle for.”
Applicants then set up an appointment and come into the shop.
"We give them a refurbished bicycle and a lock, set of lights, helmet, backpack,” she said.
The shop is located in a Nampa School District warehouse downtown, but has to find a new home because the district is expanding.
The project helps people who don’t have access to a car or who need transportation outside of bus routes. So far, the organization has given away 400 bikes.
“I tell people it’s like 400 stories,” Schandorff said. “Every bicycle is a different story, a different situation.”The project has served families with foster kids and unsupported teenagers walking home in the dark after a late night shift. It also gets referrals from social workers who send clients trying to get back on their feet.Recently, a father and his teenage daughter picked up a pair of bikes. He couldn’t afford to fix his car right away, but still needed to get to work.With the cost of fuel and […]