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In Our Community

May Featured Community Organization – Community Bike Works

02 May 2017

May is National Bike Month, an initiative to encourage individuals to get outdoors and enjoy the many benefits of cycling. In support of this movement, UGI has chosen Community Bike Works as this month’s Featured Community Organization.

For over 20 years, more than 3,500 students have participated in Community Bike Works programs to learn bike safety and mechanics while practicing reading, writing, and leadership skills. Through their Earn a Bike program, at-risk and inner-city students learn meaningful work ethic and teamwork as they work to build and refurbish bicycles that they keep at the program’s completion. Located in Allentown, Community Bike Works is open to all students through age 18 and programs are offered at no cost to families.

Other programs at Community Bike Works include:

  • Earn a Book – Students spend one-on-one time with a trained tutor from Cedar Crest College. Participants engage in a mix of reading and writing, group projects, and homework tutoring designed to foster an enthusiasm for and increased competence in reading and writing. Students who have logged 18 or more hours earn a book or books of their choice at the end of the semester.
  • Afternoon Drop-In – An after-school and summer program where students spend time with an adult mentor in a relaxed environment while participating in enrichment activities.
  • Youth Leadership – A program for students who have successfully completed the Earn a Bike program may be eligible for this program. Youth leadership students receive additional training to improve their bike mechanics and leadership skills while gaining the opportunity to give back to Community Bike Works.
  • Youth Apprentice – Students who work as peer mentors and Earn a Bike instructors.

UGI is proud to feature Community Bike Works and the work they do to inspire and empower young people throughout our community. To learn more, visit www.communitybikeworks.org. And visit our featured community page where we have a new organization to highlight every month.