Bike Elf offers bicycles to children and young adults in East Tennessee who might not otherwise have access to one.
We accept GENTLY-used donated bicycles, staff and volunteers clean and refurbish them, and then we deliver the bikes to worthy recipients.
However, Bike Elf does not give away bicycles. Kids earn bicycles through participation in incentive-based programs with partner organizations. That is why our motto is: You Donate ‘Em, We Fix ‘Em, Kids Earn ‘Em.
When Bike Elf started on January 2015, our original goal was to provide 100 refurbished bicycles to East Tennessee children by Christmas. Not only did we achieve our goal, in barely two years, we have collected more than 800 bicycles to refurbish and distribute.
Bike Elf formed its first partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Blount County. Executive director Jeff Money motivates young club members with the opportunity to earn Bike Elf bicycles, and BGCBC graciously allows us to hold our Bike Drives in their building and store our bicycles there.
In January 2017, Bike Elf expanded into Knox County by partnering with Wesley House Community Center in Knoxville. As part of our new Read, Write & Ride with Bike Elf campaign, all Wesley House students and counselors who earn first honors (all A’s and E’s) on their Spring 2017 report cards will earn a Bike Elf bicycle.
Bike Elf broadens its reach into Sevier County in the summer of 2017 by challenging the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains in Sevierville. We will award a bicycle to the top 25 performers in the club’s summer Fit Club program.