The Community Bike Works’ recently-opened site at Mosser Village Family Center in east Allentown received a makeover and upgrade, as well as some new bikes, thanks to the hard work of employee volunteers from UGI Utilities, Inc.
Earlier this year, UGI employees helped Bike Works’ staff and students build a community garden. UGI employees delivered pre-built raised garden beds to Mosser Village, helped fill the beds with rich soil donated by First Regional Compost Authority, and assisted students in planting tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, beans, herbs, and other vegetables.
“Our employees love working alongside those who are benefiting,” Thea Phalon, UGI community relations manager, said. “We all agreed this would be a wonderful way to engage both employees and students.”
UGI’s efforts to support Community Bike Works continued during the United Way Day of Caring in June this year. UGI employees saw an opportunity to get back to the Bike Works and assist with other items on the organization’s “wish list,” including clearing overgrowth and debris on the bike path through Keck Park. While some UGI employees spent the morning cutting, digging, and clearing the way for the bike path, others created bike storage solutions so that both Bike Works and Mosser Village Family Center could make the best use of their space.
UGI employees also collected bikes to donate to the Community Bike Works for use in its signature Earn a Bike program. Students team up with adult mentors for a 12-week course in bike mechanics and safety. Class topics include tires & tubes, hubs, brakes, headsets and more. Students also practice safe riding. “UGI’s support of Community Bike Works is just one example of the commitment our employees demonstrate to organizations throughout our service territory,” Phalon said.
Community Bike Works was founded in 1994. Approximately 350 students participate in Earn a Bike classes each year. More than 3,500 students have participated in the Earn a Bike program since 1995.
UGI Utilities is a natural gas and electric utility with headquarters in Reading, Pennsylvania. UGI serves more than 690,000 customers in 45 Pennsylvania counties and one county in Maryland. Customers and community members are invited to visit the UGI website at www.ugi.com; our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ugiutilities; or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ugi_utilities.
UGI employee Edgar Medina clears brush on the bike path through Keck Park.
UGI employees plan their activities during the recent United Way Day of Caring.