From Software to Bicycle Mechanics, SmartBear Team Builds Bikes for Their First Charity Event of the Year
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — January 31, 2017 —
Employees from SmartBear Software, the leader in the software quality tools for teams, recently took part in a team building community service event resulting in the donation of 18 children's bicycles and helmets to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Medford and Somerville. SmartBear employees worked in teams to build the bikes and designed custom cards with messages of encouragement to be presented to each child together with their new bike and helmet.
“Our kids were genuinely surprised and seriously excited about receiving new bikes, but they were also totally blown away by the idea that all of you actually built the bikes, at work, right here in Somerville,” said Lindsay Smythe, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Medford and Somerville. “With over 75 percent of our Club members in Somerville coming from low-income households, the gift of a new bike and helmet is exceptional.”
SmartBear selected the “Bike Build for Charity” program facilitated by Impact 4 Good, a company that runs socially responsible team building activities to oversee their community service activity.
“For most of the children, this is their very first bike or it's replacing a broken bicycle they outgrew a long time ago,” Smythe said. “In addition to the obvious fun and adventure that a new bike offers, for our youth, this is also a great way to stay active as well as gain or exercise some independence.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Medford and Somerville offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of children by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, influence and belonging. The Club provides a safe haven after school, a time when youth are at most risk for negative behaviors or activities. In their dedicated facilities in Somerville and Medford, over 350 youth participate in an inventory of carefully designed academic, prevention, technology, arts and recreation programs.