"Since its foundation [in October 2007], BBP volunteers have distributed over 400 bicycles to children, low-income families and incoming refugees." This simple statement from the nonprofit's Web site kind of answers why BW voters rocketed Boise Bicycle Project to the top of a very, very long list of worthy organizations. In fact, as of early September, the number of recycled bikes donated back to the community topped 500, with a goal of 1,000 by the end of next year. In roughly two years of existence, BBP has become not only a hub in the bicycle community, but a force in the community in general. Whether it's volunteers building bicycles from recycled and donated parts, or the array of programs teaching both children and adults bicycle safety and maintenance, the crew at BBP are always in a giving mood. BBP hosts open workshop nights, allowing the public to use the tools and expertise available at BBP HQ. Can't afford a nice new bike? BBP occasionally sells off its surplus bikes at door-buster prices, giving everyone in the community access to some two-wheeled transportation. They've come a long, long way in two short years, moving from a 15- by 15-foot apartment to donated space in the former home of the Boise Rescue Mission at Sixth and Front streets. This summer, BBP was able to make a permanent move to a home of its own, which is not only close to the Greenbelt, but boasts luxuries like running water and heat. If BBP continues at this pace, we can't wait to see what the future holds. We tip our communal bike helmet to you.
Second Place: Idaho FoodBank
Third Place: Idaho Humane Society