It’s a Saturday Spring morning. Volunteers are showing up by the two’s and three’s. Families and friends walk up. Mechanics are arriving. People from Feedback Sports, 6202 Cycling Club, Trek, American Family Insurance and many other companies arrive… American Furniture Warehouse provided trucks to safely transport the hundreds of bikes directly to the schools. The bikes are laid out in rows. 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.
As we mentioned previously, we were recently selected by the Art Institute of Colorado for a project with one of their classes. We had the opportunity to have our first meeting with our group of students, Ronny, Lauren, Devina, Philip, and Josiah. We were so impressed. Read more
3t Ministry Bike Program Receives Own Name
It’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
Every year employees of ULA engage in community support and make donations of their time to charities of their choice. ULA (United Launch Alliance) is proud to support these charities on behalf of their employees by making cash donations. Read more