Our Story

Bikes For Kids is a  Connecticut based non-profit organization that brings smiles to children one bike at a time.

 

Bikes For Kids is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1989. Our volunteers collect, repair, and safety test donated used bicycles. The refurbished bicycles, along with new helmets, are given away to individuals of all ages and needs. Most donated bicycles remain in Connecticut, but some have reached children in other states and countries. More than 1,000 bicycles are given away annually. Requests for bicycles come from local and state social service organizations, churches, schools, non-profits, and individuals.

 

19,000 bicycles have been donated to date!

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Founder

Chuck Graeb, founder of Bikes for Kids, discovered retirement offered him the perfect opportunity to fulfill his lifelong wish of providing bicycles to children in need. Growning up in Bronx, NY during the great depression, Chuck himself was a kid “without much”; without a bicycle. The “rotten feeling” of never owning a bike of his own inspired Chuck to deliver more than 12,000 bicycles in his lifetime.

 

David Fowler, a committed volunteer, was approached by the Graeb family in 2009 after Chuck’s passing to continue the foundations’ charitable work. With the same passion of its founder, David lead Bikes For Kids to become an official 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2011 and continues to help grow the organization.

 


Board Members

President: David Fowler

Vice President: Todd Jones

Treasurer: Ali Muir

Secretary: Jenn Caffrey

Sandy Hart

Paul Hammer

Michele Wytas