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April 1, 2010

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April 1, 2010

Saves our landfills by collecting used bicycles, repairing them and sending them overseas. People in third world countries use them for sorely needed transportation. This is an outstanding organization that has helped tens of thousands of people around the world.

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The staff is genuinely committed to Pedals 4 Progress. They spend many hours collecting bicycles and repairing them so that they can be sent overseas.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 1, 2010

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April 1, 2010

My organization, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island, has partnered with Pedals for Progress for the last six years in a once a year bike collection. Pedals has always provided guidance in setting up and publicizing our collection. The trucks and personnel have always been on time, ready to help, and have made our experiences positive. Last year, we collected more bikes than the pedals truck could hold. We were concerned, since our staging area was our local library parking lot and the library needed the space for its patrons the next day. Our pedals rep. said that he would be back early the next morning with an empty truck - he was back by 8:30 on a Sunday morning, traveling from New Jersey to Massapequa Long Island at a very early hour to make sure the bikes were picked up. This year we have our collection scheduled for April 25th, and, as usual, we have all of our publicity in place, flyers supplied, and receipts here ready for the collection. That takes care of the nuts and bolts of my collecting experiences with pedals - as far as Pedals goals are concerned, I have lived in Africa and know just how important Pedals is - a bike can make the difference between holding a job, getting to school, getting to market - in other words, making an enormous difference in a family's life. Seeing old bikes put out at the curb for trash pick up always bothered me, when I knew what a difference this could make in less developed countries. When our organization heard about pedals through the Returned Peace Corps volunteer network( the founder is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer), we knew that this would be our spring project for many years to come.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the professionalism of everyone I've come into contact with.

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Pedals could supply a larger truck - we've had several collections where Pedals had to come back to pick up bikes that wouldn't fit into their truck, and we had to find a holding area for overnight storage.This is a case of too much success,so not too bad

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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