Help Wanted: Seeking a New Executive Director

Project ReCycle is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Executive Director.  Please see the included job descriptions for a complete understanding of the position’s responsibilities.  Qualified candidates will have:

1) Five or more years of non-profit leadership experience

2) Experience in fundraising and relationship building with donors

3) Competence in setting a strategy with the support of the Board of Directors and executing to annual plans that deliver that strategy

4) The ability to motivate staff and volunteers

5) Strong communication skills, a history of teamwork and high integrity

We are looking to fill the position by October 1, 2017.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to   aj@projectrecycle.org .  Top candidates will be contacted for an interview. For full details, click below.

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Wacky Bike Ride

PRESS RELEASE: 5 Reasons to Ride the All-New Wacky this August

On Saturday, August 19 a perfect day on the bike starts from Larkspur, Colorado. It’s called the Wacky Bike Ride.

The popular event, which sister and brother Susie and Ted Wargin launched in 2011, still benefits kids. But the new organizer, nonprofit Project ReCycle based in Douglas County, Colorado, has changed just about everything else. The transformation promises to elevate The Wacky to the top of every cyclist’s one-day ride list.

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Tour of the Moon

Cycling season is winding down, but there’s still one of Colorado cyclist’s favorite rides coming up on October 1st in Grand Junction.  The Tour of the Moon is a premier ride for Coloradans. Cycling through the Colorado National Monument is a sight to be seen for sure.

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The All New Wacky Bike Ride

The Wacky Bike Ride is back and bigger than ever. The Wacky has grown a lot over the last five years and the original founders of the ride, siblings Susie and Ted Wargin, decided to turn over the Wacky to Project ReCycle this past February.

“We are very proud to be handing over the reins of the Wacky Bike Ride to Project ReCycle. Growing an event takes time and we both find we are having less and less of that these days. We want to see the Wacky grow and have the utmost confidence in AJ, Jeff, and all the great folks at Project ReCycle to make that happen,” said Susie Wargin.

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Copper Triangle- the Alpine Classic

Cycling season is now in full spin. And for those of you who have been watching The Tour de France, you may be inspired to challenge yourself and test your abilities on the bike. Colorado’s classic alpine race is coming up soon. This 78-mile loop takes place on Saturday, August 6th.

Cyclists will begin and end their ride in Copper Mountain resort.  Riders will pass three ski areas along the route.  After riding over Fremont, Tennessee, and Vail pass, bikers will gain almost 6,000 feet in elevation. This could be one of the most challenging day rides in the Colorado mountains, and some of the most breath-taking views as well.

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Riding the Rockies… Post Ride

Joe Bishop has only been cycling for a little over a year now. After attending last year’s Bike Give-Away, he was inspired to start riding with AJ and Team Project ReCycle last summer. “I’m a goal oriented person, and entering Ride the Rockies for the first time with Team PR was a challenging goal for me,” said Joe. The most challenging aspect of RTR for Joe was the duration of the ride. “I had done the Copper Triangle, but I hadn’t been on a long ride in the mountains for more than a day. Day three and four were really tough; I was really feeling it. But there was always someone there from the team to push me along, saying ‘you got this’.” Read more

Tim Page on Project ReCycle and Being Chair

Tim Page still remembers riding his bike as a child and the fun times it brought him. But only recently as an adult, has he gotten back on a bike. Just a couple of weeks ago, he bought his first “adult” bike and he took it out for a 10- mile spin and really enjoyed it. He then joined Team PR, got his jersey, and hopes to spend more time in the saddle.

Tim met AJ Stapleton about 6 years ago through church, and that’s how he first came to know about Project ReCycle. “About a year ago AJ approached me about becoming a board member and being more engaged with the operation and organization of Project ReCycle,” said Tim. Prior to that he had been to a bike-give-away, volunteered at some community outreach programs, and done some grant writing for the non-profit. And today Tim sits as Chair.

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Team PR Ridin’ the Rockies

Cycling season is in full speed. One of the most challenging and rewarding rides is upon us again.  Ride the Rockies is a 6-day tour through the stately mountains of Colorado beginning June 12th. The ride promises stops and tours through some of our favorite mountain towns.

This year’s ride starts in the enchanting town of Carbondale, then on to Aspen where cyclists will be able to experience the beauty and clean mountain air of Independence Pass from the saddle of their bike. Cyclists will then bike to Copper Mountain and onto Grand Lake. They will tour through Rocky Mountain National Park and into Fort Collins where the ride finishes up.

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And So it Begins…

erlogoblackColorado Cycling season is kicking off with the Elephant Rock Ride on Sunday, June 5th. This scenic ride takes place in the quaint town of Castle Rock. Rather you’re an avid cyclist or just getting started, there is a ride for you. And if the whole family wants to come out and ride and spend the day together there’s a perfect 8 mile family-friendly ride.

If you want to ride for a good cause, come on out and pedal with Team Project ReCycle and help raise money for the non-profit. If you’d love to help out but don’t want to get on the saddle, Project ReCycle will have a tent and needs volunteers to give out info and educate the community about all the great things it does.

Cyclists loved the new century ride last year, so E-Rock will be offering it again this year.  And for those of you who want a challenging ride but are not up for 100 miles, there’s a 62 miler… for the in-betweeners there’s a 27 and 40 miler filled with green, rolling hills and beautiful wildflowers along the way.

After your ride, join the picnic and Rock party. Friends and family can come to this even if they don’t ride. So mark your calendar and come check out all the music, food, fun, and of course Project ReCycle’s tent.

A Day When Dreams Come True

On the morning of May 7th, hundreds of kids and their parents showed up with huge smiles on their faces. It was time for Project ReCycle’s annual Dream-Bike Giveaway at Goddard Middle School. Each student earned their own bike based on teacher recommendation for attendance, behavior, and grade improvement. Out of 195 students, 175 earned a new bike, helmet, lock, and water bottle!

A sea of bicycles were spread out on the grass that morning waiting to be picked by the children. There were rows of bikes for every size and taste… some were pink with fringe hanging off the handlebars, some were cruisers, and then there were mountain bikes with shocks and gears.

DSC03542The children were measured and fitted for their new bikes and helmets. Volunteer bike mechanics stood by with racks and tools to make sure each bike was in top notch condition.

After the kids chose their bikes, there was lots more to do. Many hopped right on and sped off on their new ride, zooming around the school drop-off loop. A couple of the boys had a race! For those who didn’t feel like riding quite yet, there was a bike-decorating station and a face-painting station. The boys loved the sound that old-school playing cards made after they stuck them in the tire spokes. And the girls seemed to enjoy the pinwheels, fringe, and all things sparkly.

Project ReCycle also provided lots of goodies… volunteers were making freshly-popped popcorn, fluffy, pink cotton candy and serving bagels, donuts, and drinks.

It turned out to be a fun time for all. Many thanks go out to all of the dedicated volunteers. This event could not take place without your help! And congratulations to all the students who earned their amazing, new bikes!