Now in its third year, the Lucky 7 Bike Shop in Sunnyside has opened its doors to the community youth, but the program is in need of more volunteers, bikes and youngsters as it moves into its fourth month.
The Lucky 7 Bike Shop opened in March and the number of children eager to build their own bikes outnumbered available stations and volunteers, leaving the shop with a two-month waitlist.
The waiting list has been exhausted however, with the program successfully serving around 100 of Sunnyside's youth this year alone.
Celeste Goulding, Sunnyside's Promise's VISTA volunteer, says the time to sign up for the program has never been better. The program accepts children ages 8-18 and is completely cost free to the parents.
Parents can pick up information and registration forms from the Sunnyside Community Center.
But Goulding reminds people that the true success of the Lucky 7 Bike Shop lays within the caring hands of community volunteers and benefactors, and in order to continue their success with Sunnyside's youth, they need continued help.
Lucky 7 Bike Shop is in need of boys' bikes for children ages 9-12, Goulding said, but the program happily takes any bikes and bike parts the community is willing to donate.
The program is also in need of volunteers willing to work alongside its participants. The bike shop even held a training day last weekend for interested adults who have never dismantled and rebuilt a bike before.
Goulding says another volunteer training day has been scheduled for Saturday, June 25, at the Lucky 7 Bike shop from 9 a.m. to noon. She is also willing to arrange training events for groups that cannot make the June 25 date.
This is also an opportunity for parents to get involved, Goulding said, saying that the program provides neutral ground for parents to work and learn alongside their children.
The bike shop also has a number of adult bikes for sale, ranging in price from $15 to over $200. The prices, Goulding said, are marked down from their estimated value so people interested in purchasing a new bike are sure to find a great deal among their stock.
Goulding has also organized a bike sale on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Daily Sun News parking lot at 600 South Sixth Street.
The Lucky 7 Bike Shop is located at 617 Seventh Street, in the former C Speck garage across the street from the Sunnyside Public Library.
For more information on the Lucky 7 Bike Shop, contact Goulding at 509-305-1982.