Empire vision donates to community bikes

Empire Vision of Syracuse has donated more than a dozen bikes to Community Bikes, a not-for-profit organization that places bicycles with families in Madison and northern Chenango counties that can put them to good use.

"We saw this as a great way to give something back to the community," said Tom Rosa, Senior Vice President of Empire Vision. "Anyone who has had a bike- or has kids who have had a bike- knows that it's a big deal. This can be an important gift, and we're happy to be a part of it."

Executive Assistant Sandy Wright helped coordinate the project for Empire Vision, which has more than 100 employees. An email was sent outlining the program, and inviting employees to bring in bikes to donate. "It was easy for our employees, and for us," said Wright. "We simply stored the bikes temporarily on site. Community Bikes then came and picked them up."

Since starting up last August, Community Bikes has received nearly 100 bike donations and has placed nearly half with families in the community. The program also gives recipients a helmet and lock. Last fall, Community Bikes received the Hamilton Business Alliance Community Service Award, and recently received a grant from the Mid-York Foundation in support of programs.

"We are extremely grateful to Empire Vision and their employees for their very generous donation," said Community Bikes Coordinator Chuck Fox. He noted that the program seeks additional donations of both bikes in excellent condition and funds for accessories.

"This is a great idea," said Tom Rosa. "We hope that other companies and organizations will pitch in. I know we'll do this again next year."

For information on how to make a donation or get involved, contact Community Bikes at 824-8210.

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