Every time we get an opportunity to thank our sponsors we do so. Today we had the pleasure to visit with American Family Insurance ,Colorado South Sales Director, Dave Carter (Pictured here ). Dave had recently contact us to congratulate us on the article that made the news. Late last year David visited with our Executive Director, AJ Stapleton at the Kick Stand. David was impressed by our commitment to make Colorado a better place and by the passion with which we serve others. American Family Insurance has sponsored our helmets for the last 3 years. Project ReCycle gifts a brand new helmet with every bike. Read more
Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 9:00 am | Updated: 9:12 am, Fri Jun 21, 2013.
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.
With days away from our first fundraiser we continue to make news. Today our Executive Director AJ Stapleton spent some time on KLZ (560am) with Ralph Grills from My favorite non-profit, and Eric and Angel from Experience Pros. Watch the video of the interview and learn a bit more about 3t Ministry.
Bike Donation Program Mentioned in Bicycle Douglas County Newsletter
If you live in Douglas County or even just ride here, you know what a great trail system we have here & opportunities to ride varied terrain on roads as well. . If you are a regular rider, or even a casual recreational rider, you should check out Bicycle Douglas County if you haven’t already. They are a local bicycle advocacy group with great information on safety, conditions, and more. Read more