Kids Korps Gives Away Bikes Through Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians’ “Good Neighbors Award”
Kids Korps USA recently completed a large-scale holiday Build-A-Bike project in partnership with the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians’ “Good Neighbors Award”. On December 17th, 60 volunteers gathered at the Harrah’s Rincon Casino to assemble 52 brand new bikes benefiting underserved youth from the Indian Health Center. Children ages 3-18 helped build the bikes they would later receive with the help of generous volunteers from all over San Diego County, including many tribal leaders and their families, local college students, members from the organization “Teen Challenge”, and Kids Korps USA staff and family members.
“What impressed the Rincon Contributions Committee and Tribal Council about Kids Korps is using kids to help others through meaningful participation, like the Build-A-Bike Project. The idea of taking an active role in caring for your community, especially those less fortunate, not only builds character, it develops generous hearts and loving spirits,” said Bo Mazzetti, Chairman of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, who was also among the volunteers for the Build-A-Bike event.
As volunteers finished assembling the bikes and a certified bike technician completed his safety checks, youth recipients were fitted with helmets, and provided with bike locks as they anxiously awaited the moment they would be presented with their very own bike—some of which had never even been on one, let alone have their very own! What a magical moment it was when the children were able to jump on their bikes and take a “test drive” around the room, and how special it was for the volunteers to see their hard work come to life!
“Build-A-Bike is one of our most popular projects year round, but the holiday season makes it even more appealing as we focus on youth whose greatest wish is often a bicycle,” said Veronica Baker, Development Director of Kids Korps USA. Build-A-Bike is a team building exercise that engages sponsor company employees and management in groups that work together to assemble bicycles for gifting to children and youth through various recipient non-profit organizations. Kids Korps offers a variety of year-round and holiday-specific team-building projects.
A special “Thank You” to the Harrah’s Rincon Casino for hosting our event and to Anywhere Bicycle Repair for your generous time ensuring our bikes were safe and ready for use! http://anywherebicyclerepair.com/
Kids Korps USA is a national non-profit youth volunteer organization that engages young people (ages 5-25) in service learning, supporting more than 350 non-profits through more than 1,300 projects annually. Kids Korps’ mission is to instill in America’s youth the spirit of giving while providing valuable education in leadership and responsibility.
For more information, visit http://www.kidskorps.org or contact Kids Korps at (760) 452-2676.