The Bicycles for Children not-for-profit, Corona based organization was founded in July 2012 with the goal of donating 155 bicycles to impoverished children in the Corona/Norco Unified School District. Each elementary school in the district was asked to select five needy, but deserving children from their school. Through fundraising, being involved with community events, and private and business donations, we were able to exceed our goal, and we purchased, assembled, and donated 196 bicycles and helmets. Teachers and school employees from each school picked up the bicycles and helmets and delivered them to the students before Christmas Day.
Due to the overwhelming success of the program, we have continued the program and we were able to donate an additional 1168 bicycles in the last two years. In three years of existence, we have donated 1364 bicycles and helmets. In addition to providing bicycles to elementary schools in the CNUSD, we provided bicycles to impoverished elementary school age children in the Alvord, Jurupa, Colton, Hemet, Palm Springs and Lake Elsinore Unified School Districts. We also provide 12” bicycles to the Corona-Norco Family YMCA for their daycare programs. This year, over 250 volunteers showed up to El Cerrito Middle School on December 20th to help assemble 683 bicycles. Those bicycles were then delivered by teachers, other school employees, police officers and firefighters.
This year, we hope to continue to grow our charity and our goal is to donate 900 bicycles and helmets in 2015. In addition to the school districts already included, we will be donating to the Riverside and Chino Valley Unified School Districts. We will also be donating to local police, sheriff, and fire departments to help with their community based outreach programs.
The Bicycles for Children program was established to serve three purposes: provide bicycles to needy and deserving children; instill a deeper home/school connection for the bicycle recipients, and provide junior high and high schools students with opportunities to complete their work experience requirements by helping to coordinate the efforts, and assembling the bicycles.
Our grass roots program has raised funding by conducting through lemonade stands, Italian Dinner fundraising events, Chipotle dinner nights, car washes, participating in community events, and through private and business donations. The Corona-Norco Family YMCA is the collection point for all donations and Huffy Bicycle Company provides the bicycles at cost. Corporate participants include Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and the Chad Zeller Foundation who provide helmets for each of the bicycle recipients; Custom Printing & Imaging (CPi) helps generate awareness of the program by providing customized promotional items (banners, business cards, t-shirts etc.); Lunarpages contributed this website and its hosting to help reach a wider audience Sierra Forest Products providing bicycle delivery to the assembly site and Corona Millworks helps fundraise and provides consulting services.
John White, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (951) 378-4635.