Do you remember your first bike? Remember the feeling? What if you could give that experience to a child who might never otherwise have that chance? What if you could give them that shiny new bicycle?
Bahia Vista is one of the elementary schools that partners with Playworks San Francisco, and the majority of their children are on free or reduced lunch. On Tuesday, June 7th, forty children from Bahia Vista were in for a treat. Forty two corporate volunteers from the Salesforce.com met with playworks staff members to play and turn boxes of jumbled parts into beautiful bikes.
After playing, building, learning, and working together, the Salesforce corporate volunteers stood behind a line of bikes, proof of their hard work of the day, and were rewarded with the eager faces of forty children barely able to contain their excitement. The children, as a way of thanking the individuals, had handmade a large thank you banner.
The task wasn't done just yet. By the end of the day, children were laughing as corporate volunteers helped them learn to ride their bikes around the recess yard, calling out to each other. The Salesforce.com volunteers remembered what it felt like to ride their bikes for the first time, and on June 7th, they got to feel it again, sharing it with the children of Bahia Vista.