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Service Above Self

By Dr Jerry Agasar, Committee Chair of the Newtown Rotary club Spring 2012 InGear [caption id="attachment_523" align="alignleft" width="300"] The 2010 Newtown Rotary Club Collection[/caption] What a great marriage Pedals for Progress (P4P) and the Newtown Rotary Club has been. Our relationship started back in 2003 when the club was looking to do more service more...

Pedals for Progress and School-based Community Service

by Kelli McMahon Spring 2012 InGear As a middle-school teacher, helping twelve- and thirteen-year-olds understand the importance of giving back to their community and their world is just as important as teaching them how to infer meaning from a text, how to organize their writing, or how to solve for x. I am lucky enough to work in a building where community service more...

Keep on Collecting: 2011 Pedal Wrench of the Year Award Shows Us How To Stay Involved

by Patricia Hamill Spring 2012 InGear [caption id="attachment_2856" align="alignleft" width="241"] Liz Sweedy: 2011 Pedal Wrench of the Year Award[/caption] The philanthropic spirit descends upon most of us in various ways and at differing frequencies throughout the year. We may tire of the interruptions of our favorite radio programs and figure our $5 will get the more...

P4P Collects—and Follows—the 100,000th Bicycle!

by Reykha Bonilla InGear Fall 2006 2006 was a remarkable year for Pedals for Progress. We reached two important milestones, our 15th anniversary and our 100,000th bicycle. While we’re proud of our longevity, the second accomplishment symbolizes so many things for Pedals for Progress. It’s the culmination of 15 years of hard work and dedication from Dave more...

Long Island Gives Back

by Bette Bass Summer 2011 InGear [caption id="attachment_653" align="alignleft" width="300"] Long Island RPCVs at work on April 16th, 2011[/caption] The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island began over 20 years ago as a way to meet and reconnect with other former Peace Corps volunteers, and for the first few years was primarily social. Every year we would more...

A One-Woman Operation

InGear Fall 2005 Scarlet Bello, or Karla as she is more widely known, owns and runs EcoBicicletas in Rivas, Nicaragua. She opened her shop 3 years ago but her relationship with Pedals for Progress goes back at least 10 years. Karla began working with P4P’s partner Grupo Sofonias in Jinotepe, Nicaragua in 1997. Karla was the manager of the bicycle shop. As such she more...

It’s More Than Luck for this Lottery Ticket Seller

by Nguyen Van Hanh Winter 2011 InGear Mr. Tran Van Oanh, 56 years old, was born to a poor family in Vung Liem district, in the Mekong province of Vinh Long, 180 km west of Ho Chi Minh City. In addition to his economic hardship, he was born with a hearing impairment. By the late 1980s, he was married and became the father of two children. During the 1990s, he took on more...

Donate a Bike, Change a Life

Pedals for Progress is on the Newtown Patch website: Donate a Bike, Change a more...

Ghana Says “Medaase”

Spring 2010 InGear [caption id="attachment_2587" align="alignleft" width="300"] Project OKURASE building in Ghana[/caption] Project OKURASE, in Ghana, recently received their second container from Pedals for Progress, bringing the overall numbers shipped there to over 1,000 bicycles, 100 sewing machines, and even some soccer gear. These shipments have given a more...

Project OKURASE, Ghana

Fall 2009 InGear A member of the Board of Project OKURASE contacted P4P earlier this year specifically looking for the donation of sewing machines. P4P was very interested in the project and wished to be of assistance. Through the good graces of our Ghanaian partner, WEBikes, we were able to get twelve sewing machines delivered to Project OKURASE. While this first more...