It’s hard to forget the rush of the wind blowing through your hair and the feeling of euphoria you experienced during your first bike ride. As a child, this simple mode of transportation suddenly meant that you had the freedom to explore new parts of your neighborhood and meet up with friends after school. However, this important childhood milestone is a luxury that many kids in low-income families do not get to experience.
Team Lake Trust decided to change that.
As part of a team-building effort, our internal employee engagement committee thought it would be cool to use our time together to give back to the community. A Team Lake Trust employee suggested building bikes because it paired well with our social purpose initiative. This means that we try to incorporate giving back and making a difference in every part of our work.
"Owning a bike is an important part of childhood," says Lake Trust Credit Union President and CEO, David Snodgrass. "Through donating these bikes, we're happy to help empower kids to get out into their neighborhoods and connect with their friends."
Health and wellness are also big components of our internal culture. Building bikes seemed like a great way to share our enthusiasm for making healthy lifestyle choices. We hope the bicycles we built encourage more kids to go outside, play, and stay active this summer.