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Pedals Unites Generations, Church, and Town

by Rev. Chris Vande Bunte, Colts Neck Reformed Church, Colts Neck, NJ Spring 2012 InGear People begin asking about it usually a month or two after we’ve just done it. Calls come in from our town and surrounding towns, “Are you that church...?” Participants begin strategizing weeks and months ahead about how things could run more smoothly, how we could inform more...

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...

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...

Westfield Police Department Donates 20 Bikes to Westfield Knights of Columbus

On July 15, 2011, Sgt McErlean and Detective Lisa Perrotta of the Westfield Police Department donated 20 used bikes to the Westfield Knights of Columbus (KOC). The KOC worked with Warren Rorden (Westfield Rotary Club) to arrange for the bikes to be picked up by Pedals for Progress (www.p4p.org), a nonprofit group that ships the bikes to third-world countries to go to more...

My Rudge and Pedals for Progress

Read this article recently published in the NJ Star more...

Connecticut Checks In

by Jackie Johnson Spring 2011 InGear [caption id="attachment_2878" align="alignleft" width="300"] Jackie Johnson with collection crew[/caption] I was prompted to call Pedals for Progress in September of 2002 after I read a small article in Hope Magazine (long since out of business). The article told the story of Dave Schweidenback launching Pedals for Progress more...

A Letter from the Heartland

by Tim Weitzel Fall 2010 InGear [caption id="attachment_2567" align="alignleft" width="300"] Spring 2010 collection in Dubuque[/caption] Hello to everyone from the Heartland of America—Dubuque, Iowa to be exact. Dubuque is an old river town of about 62,000 people situated on the banks of the Mississippi River. I suppose many of you would think of Iowa as flat as more...

Helping Children: Soccer Equipment in Ghana

Spring 2010 InGear [caption id="attachment_2887" align="alignleft" width="300"] Recipients of soccer equipment from the Westchester NY Cycle Club[/caption] In the United States, it’s a common sight to see kids in schoolyards and backyards, on the beach or on the street, get together to play a casual game of football or just to toss the pigskin around. The same is more...