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Project ReCycle able to expand in new space

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

Deborah Grigsby dgrigsby@ourcoloradonews.com |0 comments

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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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As we approach 2013, we are starting to accept sponsors at different levels. Corporate or organizational sponsorship is one of the key ways we are able to do so much for kids in need.
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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.

 

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He rides away, and pedals as hard as his shark bike will allow him. A certain glow in his eyes filled with happiness, and freedom. Shouting with excitement while the wind blows through his new, green, helmet. Looking back only to say thank you, and then he rides to face the world.

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We are very excited here at 3t Ministry today.  We have a very special guest blogger that we hope will be making a regular appearance.  Ali is a regular volunteer with our Project Re-Cycle program and is a high school student as well as a gifted writer. Please welcome Ali to our blog and see what 3t Ministry means to her!

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Bike Donations Drives Scheduled for 2012

We are always in need for bike donations year round at 3t Ministry. If you have a bicycle you would like to donate to us, we will make sure it arrives in the hands of someone in need. And remember, we will take bikes in any condition.  You are welcome to contact us here at 3t Ministry, or remember that Tony’s Market is now a year round Denver area bike collection site for our ministry.

Additionally, there are already bike drives being planned for bike donation days in Highlands Ranch during the months of March, April and May 2012.  If you are a part of a community organization, school or company that would like to organize a bike drive for 3t Ministry we would love to assist you in any way we can. Contact us for more information!

 

Donation & Volunteer Opportunities for December 2011

As we head into December, it is such a busy time for everyone. But there is still need. Thankfully we live in such a giving community and there is a desire to donate time even during this busy month.

We have many opportunities for you to get involved at 3t Ministry this month, be it at a Bike Repair Event, Winter Coat Delivery, and more. And as we near Christmas, we will have some special events to present bikes to their new owners.

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We are  collecting Bikes of all sizes to gift to children.  If you have a bike you wish to donate please contact AJ @ aj@ajstapleton.com

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On Saturday volunteers at 3t Ministry met and helped fix 24 bikes that will be donated to the children of Alamosa, Colorado.
We worked in conjunction with Recycle Bicycles to acquire bikes, fix them and then gift them to children in Colorado.