In addition to our primary mission to promote safe and healthy cycling, MCC seeks to make positive contributions to the whole community. In the short time that we’ve been in existence our contributions to the Monadnock community include:
- Donating bicycles and helmets to local school age children. MCC is partnered in this initiative with the City of Keene Youth Services Department, which identifies families who can't afford to purchase bicycles for their children, and Andy's Cycle Shop, which provides bikes to the club at cost. In the two years our Bikes for Kids program has been in existence, MCC has donated 10 bikes, locks, and helmets to families in need. In 2011, MCC is hoping to continue and expand this program, offering bicycles, locks, and helmets to children and adults in need of inexpensive, reliable transportation.
- Organizing charity rides. The Keene Community Kitchen, the Swanzey Lion’s Club vision program, and the Monadnock AIDS Awareness program have all been beneficiaries of past charity rides. In 2011, MCC is again planning to organize the Pedal for the Pantry in early June and the Covered Bridges Century in late July or early August. The Pedal for the Pantry is a fund raiser for the Keene Community Kitchen. The club is seeking a beneficiary and partner for the Covered Bridges Century. MCC has also partnered with Stonewall Farm and Root 66 Race Series to help organize and staff their annual "Bike for Bovines." This mountain bike race is a fundraiser for Stonewall Farm.
- Promoting bicycle safety. In 2009/10, MCC participated in the Keene Kiwanis’s Community Safety Day. In 2010, MCC also participated in the Keene Safety Fair, organized by the Keene Police Dept., and the Keene Safety Camp, organized by the Keene Fire Department. MCC Club members donate their time and expertise by performing safety checks and making minor repairs to bicycles, and distributing and fitting free bicycle helmets to school-age children. In the two years we have participated in these events, we estimate that club members inspected and repaired over 200 bicycles. MCC plans to maintain its commitment to these events in 2011.