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Refurbish Bikes for Children in Foster Care

  • Nov 9, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Remember getting your first bike?

Please join the Phoenix Philanthropists for this very fun Recycle Your Bicycle event, repairing and polishing bicycles, and make that first-bike dream come true for many underprivileged children this holiday season. Last year, together with other groups, the Phoenix Philanthropists helped refurbish over 700 bikes for foster care children.

Both Channel 12 and The Arizona Republic will be asking the public to donate bikes at Earnhardt Dealerships, so much help is needed for what is expected to be another great community response.  So please come help us make a difference for foster care children--and stir up those old wonderful memories of your first bike.


The event takes places most Saturdays until mid-December, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m (be sure and check the calendar). Volunteers are welcome to work the full shift, or a minimum two-hour shift anytime during the four-hour event. Please RSVP, and simply note in comments what hours you will work, if not the full four-hour shift.


There are several duties from which volunteers can choose, including light and heavy mechanical work under the guidance of the former U.S. Bike Team Technician; power washing; and detailing. In detailing, which requires the most volunteers, volunteers will Armor All tires, polish frames and clean wheel rims. All bike parts and cleaning supplies are provided. Mechanics are always needed, but absolutely no experience is necessary.


Sunscreen, hats, and, as temperatures cool, jackets, as most work takes places outside, either in the sun or under covered parking awnings. Some members also bring stools or collapsible chairs (you know, like at soccer games). May want to bring a ground cover since many volunteers will work outside in the parking lot.


Wear comfortable clothing that you would wear for yard work.


The minimum age to volunteer is 10 years old, with a parent or legal guardian. Many Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and kids from schools will be there to help.


Volunteers can enjoy complimentary beverages and lunch.


If you have not already, please complete the online Phoenix Philanthropists Release Form.  A form should also be completed by any adults guests of members; and for each participating child under 18, by their parent or legal guardian.


For more information about this amazing program for foster care children, please go to to the Recycle Your Bicycle webpage.



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  • Jerry K.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Please sign in and say hi.

    November 8, 2013

  • Steve

    I would love to do this on the west side in Glendale ! My two sons and I rebuild bikes in our garage !

    November 7, 2013

    • Jerry K.

      Steve, great project for father and sons. If you want to donate the refurbished bikes let me know. Stop by some Saturday and see what we are about. We have alot of parents and kids working on bikes.

      1 · November 8, 2013

  • DeDe

    I can only stay until 11:30, is it okay to still sign up?

    November 8, 2013

    • Jerry K.

      Absolutely DeDe. Although we do have lunch served at noon each week. See you tomorrow.

      November 8, 2013

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