The Lucky 7 Bike program is off and running, with lots of kids eager to participate. But in order for this popular program to enjoy another successful year in Sunnyside, they will need adult volunteers ready to engage the community's youth.
The Lucky 7 Bike program is an anti-gang initiative that has been open to youth, ages 8 to 18, since 2009. It has managed to provide more than 165 bicycles to Sunnyside's youth since it opened.
The program has provided these students with a safe place to go and mentors to turn to when they are in need, as well as allowing them the opportunity to get to know Sunnyside police officers, elected county officials, prominent city representatives and other important community members.
At last Wednesday's 2011 opening, volunteer Dan White was present and got eight youngsters working on their bikes, but White says the program needs more people willing to take the time to work with these kids.
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. The shop is open every Wednesday and Thursday, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
The bike shop is also looking for more donated bikes and participants. They also sell quality bikes at great prices and all money generated by the sales goes to the program.
Volunteers who are mechanically inclined, or are willing to be trained to help the children, are asked to call Sunnyside's Promise at 509-643-4262 or visit the program's website at sunnysidespromise.org.