Pedals for Progress
May 3, 2010
At first I was happy to find an outlet for old, discarded bikes which still had life in them, but were of the wrong model for our society's taste. Avoiding waste...
At the collections I attended, Dave Schweidenback, the founder and president, showed his enthusiasm by always working harder than anyone else, while sharing real life stories on how these bikes helped people, families and regional development.
I decided to run my own spring collection, now in its 6th edition. I estimate that I channeled over 500 bikes to P4P partners, benefiting not only 500 new owners, but also the full distribution structure put in place by P4P: workshop employees receiving and fixing the bikes, owner's family, local economic activity, partner's non-profit programs (Youth, health, education, etc...)
After being a trustee for 3 years, I am satisfied that Dave's heart is in the right place. This is evident in the way he started the organization (advertised for donations to send 14 bikes to the village he resided in as a peace corp, collected 10 times more!), and the way he supports it today rather than the other way around (has donated his monthly paycheck several times in lean years to ensure P4P's survival)
For me, P4P's impact is beyond redirecting discarded treasure from
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the satisfaction of re-purposing items from the US and making a difference in the developing world.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
Selfless and dedicated to the mission.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
Ship more good items our society discard to places were they are essential, in a way promoting development rather than passive assistance.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Board Member & As a volunteer collector, then a board member, I ran collects, advertised P4P programs at the local level and helped with fundraising activities.