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Team Lake Trust Builds 42 Bicycles for Kids

Words by Abbie Dyer on Jun 28, 2018 1:45:46 PM

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.


Working Together

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.

  • Team Bike Build
  • Building a Bike
  • Screwing on bike tire
  • Assembling bike handlebars

Pedal Forward


Over a week and a half, 141 members of Team Lake Trust volunteered their time to assemble the bicycle kits we purchased from Hometown Bicycles LLC in Brighton. The sounds of laughter echoed in our branches and in the garage at HQ as small groups of people spent an hour together attaching training wheels and screwing handlebars on the bikes. After seeing our completed work, we took a short test ride to make sure the bikes passed the fun test. Good news: they passed. 


As an extra security measure, a few members from our team volunteered additional time to take a quality control class from Dawn and Shaun, owners of Hometown Bicycles LLC. We then inspected each bike to make sure the kids who receive our donations have a safe, enjoyable ride for years to come.




Making a Big Impact


In 6 days, we recorded a total of 174.5 volunteer hours and built 42 bikes to donate to kids in need. Team Lake Trust chose 16 different charities in communities across the state to donate the bikes to, including LACASA, Alpha House, Hub of Detroit, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. With each donated bike, we also included helmets to help keep kids safe. 


We hope that with the freedom to ride, that kids across the state will have more to look forward to this summer. Ride on!


Special thanks to Hometown Bicycles LLC for all of their help with this special project!



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