Founded by Bethany Richards
The Bike Box Project is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for two purposes: (a) To support people with Parkinson's Disease in New Bern, NC and the surrounding area, and (b) To help fund Parkinson’s research through the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
When our founder learned that her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, she attached a donation box to her bicycle and began pedaling for a cure. Over the course of 5 years, this project has raised approximately $110,000.
Our goal is to continue to host fundraisers, events, and Rock Steady Boxing as well as to pedal to every small town in the United States, spreading awareness and raising money to support people in the community with PD and to help fund research to eliminate the disease.
My Role: Grant Writer
As a grant writer for Bike Box Project, I work with amazing local organizations to ensure that we have funding for new initiatives and to expand the work we are doing to support folks with PD. During the 2019-2020 grant cycle, we were able to raise $15,000 in grant funding from our partners: The CarolinaEast Foundation, The Harold H. Bate Foundation, and Weyerhaeuser.
I also ride around my town, Sumter, SC, with a Bike Box on the back of my bike for donations. If you see me downtown or on campus, please stop and say hi and throw some change in the box!