2014 was an amazing year for Project ReCycle. The non-profit is growing like crazy. Let’s look back at some of the great successes of the year…. There were two Dream Bike Events, that together provided a bike, helmet, water bottle, and lock to 700 students. And these students earned these bikes by improving their academics, attendance, and being respectful. Way to go kids!
Team Project ReCycle, led by Jeff Fleck, raised funds and rode over half-a-dozen rides to benefit the non-profit. They rode in rides all across Colorado from the rolling plains to the rugged mountains. Castle Rock’s own Elephant Rock, the infamous Tour the Moon, and the Copper Triangle to name a few. Many miles were put on the bikes of these dedicated riders. Thank you Team Project ReCycle for all of your hard work.
In October, Whole Foods partnered with Project ReCycle and became a sponsor. They held a ReCycle Your Bicycle Event and dedicated 5% of their earnings on a special “Project ReCycle shopping day”. The Whole Foods in Highlands Ranch is also now a bike drop off location.
The non-profit also held their annual “Night of Laughter”, and this was the biggest year yet! It was held at Comedy Works South, and once again Steve “Mudflap” McGrew was the headliner. He had the audience rolling with laughter. The silent auction was a huge fundraiser for the year. Donated items ranged from mountain escapes to cruiser bicycles; there was even a framed and signed Peyton Manning jersey.
In early December, Colorado Gives Day brought in $13,000, enough to purchase a 2006 16′ Ford Truck to haul donated bikes to and from The Kickstand. This has helped with efficiency and volunteer time.
And then there’s the new Bike Mechanic Series that was recently launched. It is providing volunteers with a certificate and knowledge to help rebuild bikes quicker and keep up the demand for getting more bikes into the lives of kids, which bring us to the whole reason Project ReCycle was started.
Everything Project ReCycle does is all about the kids! So many lives have been changed and blessed by Project ReCycle…. The joy that is seen on the children’s faces is priceless when they receive their first bike. I’m not sure who feels more blessed, the kids or the volunteers! Thanks goes out to all of the volunteers for making Project ReCycle such a great success. It wouldn’t be possible without you!