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Kids Ride! Volunteers Connect Bikes with 200+ Nashville Youth.

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Hands On Nashville hosts Fourth ReCYCLE for Kids Giveaway supporting Metro Students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –On Saturday, July 30, 200+ youth took home helmets, locks, odometers and “like-new” bicycles during Hands On Nashville’s fourth ReCYCLE for Kids presented by Jackson.

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This spring, Hands On Nashville volunteers donated and refurbished nearly 220 gently used bikes for Metro students and youth served by Metro Parks Community Centers. Saturday’s giveaway event at Coleman Park Community Center marked the culmination of a three-phase volunteer effort to support healthy youth lifestyle choices and access to community resources.073016_ReCYCLE Giveaway_WM-9

“Our summer and after-school programs are focused on keeping young people active to support healthy social and academic development,” said Coleman Center Facilities Manager Stevon Neloms. “Thanks to generous community volunteers, our kids now have another fun way to exercise and stay active here and at home.”

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During the event, volunteers helped recipients select bikes, fit riders for new helmets, and led them through a series of bike-safety activities.

“Exercise and education are true building blocks for student achievement, and we’re thrilled that many of our families now have these resources,” said Paragon Mills Principal Dr. Maria Austria. “Our community has rallied together to show our students they care.”

073016_ReCYCLE Giveaway_WM-8Community partnerships played a key role in the successes leading up to the event. In May, Metro Parks Community Centers and Middle Tennessee YMCAs served as bike collection sites. For the fourth consecutive year, the Oasis Center led refurbishment efforts at its Bike Workshop, where volunteers cleaned bikes, replaced chains, repaired seats and more.

073016_ReCYCLE Giveaway_WM-17.jpg“At the Oasis Bike Workshop, teens learn about themselves and their communities through our bike building program,” said Oasis Bike Workshop Founder Dan Furbish. “Our hope is that today’s recipients develop a passion for biking now, and someday will join our program.”

073016_ReCYCLE Giveaway_WM-1Many ReCYCLE for Kids volunteers hailed from the Nashville business community, including Change Healthcare, Cummins, Regions and Ted Sanders Moving. Jackson celebrated its third year consecutive year as ReCYCLE’s presenting sponsor.

“One of Jackson’s core pillars is to enhance the lives of children in our community,” said Susannah Berry, corporate social responsibility specialist for Jackson. “Our team has truly united around ReCYCLE for kids, and its unique approach to empowering youth.”

Since its inception in 2012, ReCYCLE for Kids has made bike ownership a reality for nearly 1,000 youth living in underserved neighborhoods. The goal of the effort is to encourage the re-use and recycling of materials. Hands On Nashville plans to distribute remaining bikes to Nashville youth this summer.

 ReCYCLE for Kids is a testament to the value of creative community partnership and volunteerism,” said Hands On Nashville Interim Executive Director Lori Shinton, “This event is an uplifting example of what we can do as a community when we come together around a common goal.”

About Hands On Nashville

Hands On Nashville (HON) works to address critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community through volunteer-centric programming. For more information, visit www.HON.org or call (615) 298-1108.

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Volunteers Give Refurbished Bikes to Underserved Youth

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.

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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.

“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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MEDIA CONTACTS: Becca Wilson
Hands On Nashville
(615) 298-1108, Ext. 406
(615) 426-1428
becca@hon.org

115 bikes donated on #GivingTuesday!

Warmer weather and lots of wonderful people in Nashville made #GivingTuesday here at Hands On Nashville a glowing success. Thanks to everyone who came out to support this fun day. Special thanks to Dozen Bakery and Tennessee Cheesecake for providing treats, and Wannado for volunteering with us.

This donor brought by a whole truckload of bikes!
This donor brought by a whole truckload of bikes!

Hands On Nashville received 115 bikes during our #BikesAndBakedGoods bike drive on #GivingTuesday, bringing our total so far to 325 bikes (our goal is to reach 500 bikes by Dec. 20 – read more about how you can help here). All of these donations will support our ReCYCLE for Kids program presented by Jackson. Volunteers will restore the bikes to like-new condition with expert guidance from the Oasis Center’s Bike Workshop. Then in the spring, we’ll give them to 400 underserved youth along with new helmets and safety training.

During our #GivingTuesday bike drive, we heard all sorts of fun stories from donors as they parted ways with their wheels.

Instagram user BroccoliCupcake used the day (picture featured below) as a teaching moment with her two boys. She remarks, “The boys donated their bikes to Hands On Nashville today and were pretty excited to get brownies as a thank you.”

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One father took a “last photo” of his daughter’s bike before handing it over to us, and then sent his daughter – who just went off to college – the photo as a memento. He also picked up a few baked goods to ship to her in the mail.

Jerilyn told us about using her childhood bike at her first job on the paper route. The banana seat was just *so* comfortable.

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Jerilyn drops off her childhood bike.

Another donor came up with a pick-up truck piled high with over eight bikes he collected from his neighborhood. He saw a story on the news and was intent on helping out a good cause.

Thanks to everyone who donated their bikes or gave monetary donations to support ReCYCLE for Kids and Hands On Nashville. We absolutely love this community and are sincerely thankful for your giving hearts.

If you missed out on the designated day of giving, we’ve extended our collection. And yes, we still need your help. Up until December 20, we’re collecting new and used children’s bikes at the Hands On Nashville office, located at 37 Peabody Street, Suite 206 (in the downtown Trolley Barns), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go ahead and dust off those bikes sitting in your garage or basement – they could make a kid’s year, helping them enjoy the excitement of riding and exercising, just like you did as a child.

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 3.21.43 PMOur goal is to collect 500 used children’s bikes, and with your help we will get there!

Don’t have a bike but still want to help? We’re also accepting monetary donations to help buy new helmets for the kids. $10 will buy one helmet. Help us keep their noggins safe!

> Click here to make a monetary donation. (Be sure to include the note “for bike helmets” in the Special Instructions field upon checkout.)

 > Click here to read more information about ReCYCLE for Kids.  

Look at all these bikes that will get a second life, thanks to YOU, Nashville!
Look at all these bikes that will get a second life, thanks to YOU, Nashville!