The Hub board of Directors recently went through the process of re-evaluating our mission statement and envisioning our ideal future for this community nonprofit. It was inspiring to revisit our 16 year old mission. Here is what we feel we are here for, and why we keep working on this Hub of ours:
The Hub for Sustainable Living is a Santa Cruz resource center for Do-It-Yourself, human-scale technology and an advocate for livable, interconnected communities. Our projects provide access to space, resources, and educational opportunities through demonstration, outreach , and hands-on learning. Sustainable Living includes appropriate use of materials (salvage, reclamation, recycling), human-powered transportation (bicycles, skateboards, feet), and skill-building that empowers people to meet their needs in a self-sufficient and affordable manner using second-hand materials and local goods. We strive to create a diverse, safe, and inclusive environment, and we embrace collective organizing and consensus decision-making. We seek to shape society around our shared values.
With the new mission statement we have come also to a new name: we are now the
Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Living!
With this widening of scope we welcome a new project into our organization and the Fabrica sewing collective.
If you visited The Bike Church in December, you might have found our doors closed! But it was for a good cause. With the New Year, the Bike Church Collective decided to create a New Bike Church. Volunteer crews worked together to tear down old structures and build new counters and work benches, using the old workbenches for lumber of course. There is more space now to move about and we hope to make more improvements throughout the year. Suggestions are welcome! Come check it out !
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