Castle Rock Police, Project ReCycle team up to collect bicycles for children in need

 

That first wobbly trip on a bicycle without training wheels is a childhood memory many adults share. But for some children, learning to ride a bicycle isn’t possible, because they do not have access to a bike.

That’s why the Castle Rock Police Department’s Bike Patrol Unit is teaming up with Project ReCycle, a Douglas County-based nonprofit program, for a bicycle collection event on Saturday, Aug. 17. Read more

Project ReCycle able to expand in new space

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 9:00 am | Updated: 9:12 am, Fri Jun 21, 2013.

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Alberto “AJ” Stapleton stands among more than 1,000 donated bicycles at Project ReCycle’s new location 13796 Compark Blvd. in unincorporated Arapahoe County. A Texas developer donated the 21,000-square-foot space where the charity now houses its repair shop, inventory and resale shop called “The Kick Stand.”

As Alberto Stapleton walks across the floor of an empty warehouse, his tall, sturdy frame seems to disappear in the vast space.“This is a long ways from the eight storage units we used to have to work out of in Littleton,” said Stapleton. He serves as executive director of Project Recycle, a charity organization founded in 2008 that repairs donated bicycles and puts them in the hands of those less fortunate.Stapleton said the space, donated by the private developer who owns the building, has added momentum and reach to the group’s mission.

 

“We were actually surprised when we pulled all the bikes out of storage and set them up,” he said. “We had no idea how many we had because they were all stuffed into these public storage units, but now, we see how much more we have to give.”

The group moved into the space at 13796 Compark Blvd. in unincorporated Douglas County in October. Stapleton said the extra breathing room has fostered the addition of nine new bicycle repair stations, and the creation of a new resale shop called The Kick Stand.

While Project Recycle accepts bike donations of all makes, models and condition, some are not always a good for kids or the average rider, according to Stapleton.

Higher-end bikes, such as those with specialized frames or those that may have a higher resale value, are sold, and the proceeds go back into Project Recycle.

But Stapleton said the new space is just the beginning of bigger things to come.

“The bikes aren’t always just for kids,” he explained. “We have a lot of bikes for parents as well. Some need them to get to and from work or the bus; others often ride with their kids.”

Project Recycle, which has given away more than 3,000 bikes since its inception, is looking at expansions into Castle Rock, Colorado Springs and New Mexico.

Among Project ReCycle’s biggest needs right now is a pickup truck to pull a small covered trailer.

“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us before that happens,” Stapleton said. “But it’s worth it, when you see that smile on a kid’s face. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

For more information, visit Project ReCycle online at www.projectrecycle.org.

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Welcome Channel 7 Viewers! We Are Happy To Have You!

Welcome to all of our new visitors that are joining us this week after watching the Channel 7 piece on AJ Stapleton an Everyday Hero recipient!

aj stapleton gets everyday hero award

We are all so proud of AJ and excited for him that he has received this recognition from the Denver community for all of his work with Project ReCycle and 3t Ministry. He works so hard to make Project ReCycle a reality and it truly is his passion. Read more

Construction Management Group Supports Project Recycle

Dunakilly, a Local Construction Management  Group in Colorado, is looking for support to help fill the  BOX!

This year during Saunders 40th anniversary Party, Dunakilly is asking our supporters and visitors to help Project Recycle with their Wish List.

Look at the items from the list below and come out on Wednesday October 24th to Skyline park on the 16th street mall between 11 am and 1pm to drop an item. Read more

3T Ministry has so many blessings to share this month.

Dear Supporters,

We want to include you in our 3T Ministry celebrations!  This week we feel so blessed for all the attention 3T Ministry has received.


On Septemeber 4th AJ and 3T Ministry were asked to be showcased on My Favorite Non Profit radio station.  Please take a moment to learn more about 3T Ministry and how this great non-profit organization got its start.  Click link here to be redirected to youtube or feel free to join our Facebook Group and Twitter Updates for even more information.  AJ put out a request while on the air to have everyone send in their suggested name for the coat collection arm of 3T Ministry.   Please feel free to send us your suggestions as well.  Project Recycle is the name of 3T’s bike program, but the coat collection is still unamed. Read more

This week at 3T Ministry

Reflections:

At this moment you could reach out to neighbors and collect a bike that can help a
child stay active, travel to school a little easier and put a smile on their face.
Warm your heart by motivating your charitable spirit.
Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there. ~ Phillips Brooks.

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Bike Repairs, Tony’s Market Used Bike Drive and more!

We will be repairing bikes
Saturday, September 8th from 8am until noon at the storage unit.

Tony’s Market Used Bike Drive – Sun, Sept 16th through Sun, Sept 30th

Tony’s Market is collecting used bike donations at all 4 of their stores for Project Recycle, which will pick up the bikes, refurbish them and give them–along with new helmets and locks–to needy kids in the Denver Metro area. You may also drop off bicycles at Metrum Credit Union, 6980 S. Holly Circle, Centennial. If you’re participating in the Tony’s to Tony’s Ride on Sept 30th (registration is now closed), you may drop off your used bicycle at the starting store, 950 Broadway in Denver. In 2011, they collected more than 100 used bikes at Tony’s Markets. This year’s goal is 150. Are you ready to donate your extra bike(s) for a good cause? (Tax donation receipts available upon request.)
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Local Boys support Local Cause

A group of boys from the highlands Ranch area, soccer teammates and buddies, walked their local neighborhood in efforts of collecting used bikes.  They approach us last month asking for a way to help us collect bikes.  We put our heads together and they came up with the idea to hit their local neighborhood.   Read more

Announcing PROJECT RE-CYCLE: Our 3t Ministry Bike Program

3t Ministry Bike Program Receives Own Name

donated bikeIt’s official friends, PROJECT RE-CYCLE will be the new name for our bike program here at 3t Ministry.

We invited our Facebook fans and friends to vote and suggest names for our bike program.  The decision to name the program was made by Executive Director late last year.  “We are committed to our Christian Values and that has been the core for 3t Ministry since the beginning.  Last year we found out that donors were more apt to donate a bike once they found out what 3T was all about.  After listening to our donors, we understood the need for a name that would give us immediate identity without having to explain what we did. We asked for suggestions for a name that clearly identified what we do…give away bikes. I think our fans and friends picked the right name.” Read more

Have A Bike To Donate?

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Here at 3t Ministry, we hope that you have had a very blessed Christmas celebration with your loved ones.  Someone in your family may have been fortunate enough to have Santa fit a new bike in the sleigh.  If that is the case and you have an extra bike on you hands, here’s an idea for you & your family to consider! Read more