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Neighborhood Bike Work Case Study

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Sue Ellen Klein (mid-seventies) is a long-time community activist, non-profit board member and volunteer. Before moving to the Fort Collins area in 2010, Sue Ellen lived in the Philadelphia area, where from 1997-2009 she was Director of Community Programs at the White Dog Café.

White Dog was a small restaurant located near the University of Pennsylvania’s campus with a commitment to preparing top-quality good using local, sustainable ingredients, paying its employees a fair “living wage,” and encouraging social activism through programing and events. Sue Ellen developed and organized many of White Dog’s best-known projects including Table Talks, a series of free seminars which tackled topics the American war on drugs, racism, gun violence, hunger etc. and Tales of Tails, a story telling series which featured "intimate, informal personal stories around social issues." In 1996, she founded Neighborhood Bike Works, which is still in existence and offers educational, recreational, and career-building opportunities to Philadelphia’s underserved urban youth through bicycling.

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She’s a board member of the FoCo Café, a non-profit restaurant, which much like the White Dog Café is dedicated to using food as a catalyst to build community . The café serves its locally grown food to Fort Collins residents regardless of ability to pay. Sue Ellen is also a member of the Social Action Committee of Har Shalom Congregation.

Sue Ellen is divorced from Philadelphia real estate developer Stephen Klein and has two grown daughters.

From 2004-2015, Sue Ellen made five gifts of $100-$500 to AJWS and then in May 2016, after meeting Ruth, made a stock gift worth $10,134. This trip to Uganda will be Sue Ellen’s first-ever AJWS event and she has expressed in attending the trip to Guatemala later in the year.

Sue Ellen’s complete AJWS giving history is
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