200 Children Benefit From Hands On Nashville’s ReCYCLE for Kids Program
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two hundred elementary school students served by Metro Parks community centers took home their very own bicycles and bike helmets today, as part of Hands On Nashville’s ReCYCLE for Kids presented by Jackson.
ReCYCLE for Kids engages community volunteers in providing refurbished bikes, new helmets and basic safety education for underserved children.
“This is truly a volunteer-driven effort, from the donations of used bikes to financial contributions we received during The Big Payback to support the cost of new helmets for the kids,” said Hands On Nashville President and CEO Brian Williams. “ReCYCLE for Kids harnesses the volunteer spirit of this community and puts it to action.”
To kick off Hands On Nashville’s ReCYCLE for Kids effort, nearly 150 individuals and businesses donated used children’s bikes to Hands On Nashville last fall. Throughout the past several months, more than 300 volunteers refurbished those bikes at the Oasis Center’s Bike Workshop – cleaning, repairing and returning the bikes to like-new condition.
Saturday’s grand giveaway event at McFerrin Park Community Center was the culmination of these efforts. After receiving a free bike and helmet, each child completed a skills course and took part in road safety activities. Seventy-five volunteers helped to facilitate the event.
“Metro Parks is proud to partner with Hands On Nashville to put like-new bicycles in the hands of deserving young people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to own a bike,” said Tommy Lynch, director of Metro Parks.
Overall, the effort engaged more than 450 community volunteers, including many volunteers from Nashville’s business community such as Jackson, Emma, UBS, Starbucks, Cassidy Turley and Cummins.
“Jackson employees really value the opportunity to volunteer together, especially when it comes to projects such as ReCYCLE for Kids,” said Corinne Bergeron, corporate social responsibility manager for Jackson. “Not only are we bringing joy to these kids, but we’re also promoting healthy lifestyle activities and giving kids the opportunity to learn responsibility through bike ownership.”
About Hands On Nashville
Hands On Nashville’s mission is to meet community needs through volunteerism. For more than 20 years, Hands On Nashville (HON) volunteers have been addressing critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community such as hunger, homelessness and environmental protection. In 2013, HON connected or referred more than 124,000 volunteers to service opportunities, making it one of the largest volunteer resource centers of its kind in the world. Offering more than 300 volunteer opportunities to the community each month at HON.org, Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to give back and to … Be the Change. Volunteer. For more information, visit www.HON.org or call (615) 298-1108.
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Hands On Nashville
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