The joy of being a kid and being presented with your first bicycle is unmatched. New opportunities appear before you as you gain a new level of independence. Yet many children are unable to experience that joy. A group from St. Paul-based The Vomela Companies and 3M recently took part in a teambuilding experience to help change that reality for a group of students associated with the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. The result of their efforts was a generous donation of six bicycles, helmets, and locks to deserving students in the local community. The event took place in 3M’s Carlton Science Center in Maplewood.
Vomela/3M Operations Conference attendees selected a “Bike Build for Charity” program facilitated by Impact 4 Good, LLC.(impact4good.com),a company that runs socially conscious teambuilding programs, to oversee their community service activity. Working in teams, participants competed in a bike themed trivia challenge activity that earned them the materials needed to start building bicycles. Teams also hand-wrote a special “message of encouragement” to accompany each bike. Attendees were given a joyful surprise at the end of the event, as the group of children receiving these bikes came in to receive their new bike in person.
Megan Collins, representative from the Y, graciously thanked the group in person for their time and effort in putting together this gracious donation. Kate Whitby, Senior Program Director at the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, later added, “I cannot thank you enough for the generosity that you shared with our teens last week through the donation of the bikes to our YMCA program participants. These deserving students are each thrilled to have a new bike as well as the accessories and safety equipment. I also want to thank you for the warm welcome that you gave each of our students. They had great feedback on the experience and I know it was special for them to be invited into such a vibrant global corporation right in our own backyard.”
The Vomela Companies are an interconnected network of graphic specialists providing a broad range of advancing print capabilities. Via our nationwide network, we create a variety of promotional, store décor, event, fleet, and transportation graphics. Vomela employs more than 1,300 people in 23 locations across the U.S. and Canada.