The Belle Center

Green Options Buffalo & The Belle Center Team Up

Green Options Buffalo & The Belle Center Team Up

Buffalo, New York –December 12, 2011- Green Options Buffalo, in cooperation with The Belle Center, is having a bicycle giveaway for children on Buffalo's West Side starting at 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 15, 2011. Volunteers and staff at GO Buffalo's Community Workshop have restored and refurbished dozens of donated bicycles, which will be distributed to children involved in programs at The Belle Center.

GO Buffalo has a recycle-a-bicycle program with The Belle Center, where students in the 21st Century Learning program come after school to learn how to maintain and repair bikes. After completing the several-week program the students are able to keep the bicycle that they have been working on.

Green Options Buffalo works to create healthy, environmentally sustainable, community-friendly transportation options in the City of Buffalo. Through our array of advocacy efforts and community programs, GO Buffalo is on the forefront of promoting bicycle, pedestrian and public transportation in Buffalo.

“We’re happy to refurbish bikes that would have otherwise gone to waste and give them back to the community,” says Henry Raess, Community Outreach Coordinator for GO Buffalo. “By giving bikes to kids and teaching them how to work on bikes they’re getting excited about riding at a young age. That means we’re helping to develop another generation of cyclists, and that translates to a more sustainable future for Buffalo.”

The Belle Center is a multi-purpose community center located on the Lower West Side of Buffalo, NY that provides comprehensive programs and services to the citizens in Western New York. Under the direction of the Executive Director-Nestor Hernandez and staff, the Center is host to over 15 programs and services. The core programs include: The Belle Child Early Child Care Center ages 6 weeks to 4 years old; Universal Pre-Kindergarten age 4; School Age Child Care Program ages 5-12; 21st Century Learning Center ages 13-17 and Buffalo AmeriCorps that has Awarded over $500,000 in Education Awards and over one million dollars in Stipends. Family, Community, Health Programs and Services include: Parent Child Home Reading Program (1.5-4yrs old), ELL/GED classes, Food Pantry, Site Based Mentoring, a community-based alternative to detention program for youth and more.

GO Buffalo is always looking for new volunteers and members, as well as accepting donations of used bicycles and parts. People are welcome to stop by the Community Bicycle Shop at 98 Colvin Avenue Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10pm, Sundays 1 to 5pm, or call the shop at (716) 320-0193.