We Received A Townwide Fund of Huntington Grant!

We are so thankful to have received a 2019 Goldstein Grant for $500 from The Townwide Fund of Huntington. The Goldstein Grant is awarded to first time recipients. Being a fairly new nonprofit in the town of Huntington, we are so humbled and incredibly appreciative to have been selected. We are truly honored to receive this grant and to work alongside all of the other 37 very deserving Huntington nonprofits. The fund gave away $120,000 in grants at the Harvest celebration. We thank The Townwide Fund of Huntington, a wonderful organization that supports over 30 nonprofit organizations every year. This grant will afford us the opportunity to fix more donated bicycles and to better serve those in need in our community. Thank you to the Executive Director Alice Marie Rorke and the rest of the board of The Townwide Fund of Huntington for this wonderful honor and for the enjoyable Harvest Night. Thank you to the beautiful St. John’s Episcople Church for lending us your beautiful and historic church for the evening.

Read Huntington Now article here with slideshow.

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Heart & Joan Jett were Rockin’ Heaven Down!

Wow Thursday was an incredible day…and night!!! It took me awhile to gather my thoughts and emotions. The afternoon started off with great friends and family sharing in our excitement in the anticipation of the evening. Thank you Nancy, Liam, Kathy and Mom for all of your help and support throughout the day and for being by our side the whole way.

Lisa and I were so excited to meet up with our Reverb contact person Brande who was super cool. Brande introduced the nonprofits and volunteers to each other. A storm was about to roll into Jones Beach which brought incredible wind gusts, perhaps it was a Mistral Wind, but magically the rain never came. Instead there was an orange glow of the setting sun on the beautiful Long Island horizon. That was a sign we were going to step into the night and we’d be Rockin’ Heaven Down!

We met so many great people including volunteers from Harry Chapin’s foundation WhyHunger. WhyHunger has been doing great work for years so we felt honored to be the nonprofit right alongside them in the Reverb Eco-Village. We had the amazing opportunity to share the story of our nonprofit and all the things we’re trying to do in our Huntington community in memory of our brother Brett.

Joan Jett, my idol. A tough, rocker chick fronting a band of guys. She’s been my inspiration for that unmistakable bad ass attitude that I needed to channel so many times in my life. When I needed to find my confidence in tough situations I would always say to myself “What would Joan do?” I usually got my answer really quick!

Heart, the band that has absolutely shaped both of our lives. Two strong women trailblazing the way for women in the music industry. Their lyrics and music soothe us, move us and rock us to our core and has guided us throughout our lives. So this incredible honor of being selected to be a nonprofit in the Reverb Eco-Village on the Heart tour is almost unbelievable. We thank you Ann & Nancy for ALL of this.

Finally an incredibly big thank you to all of our Huntington Matters friends! Wow you guys are part of the reason why I was so emotional all day today. Reflecting on just how moved we are by your constant support of our growing nonprofit and for your friendship. You are there for us as a group as well as each of you in your own individual ways. You care so much about our Huntington community and you all are doing great things to help, support and improve our beautiful town. Thank you for sharing your talents, your donations, your time, your kindness and for spreading the word about Brett’s Bicycle Recycle and our mission.

All we can really say after a night like that is thank you….and ROCK ME HOME!

Generous Community Makes For A Successful Bicycle Collection Drive!

Wow Saturday was amazing!! Thank you Councilman Ed Smyth for partnering with Brett’s Bicycle Recycle for this Bicycle Collection Drive! We came home with 110 bicycles that were donated by so many generous community members. Thank you MaryAnne, Chrissy, Glenn, Bob, Dana, Kimberlie, John Paul and so many more people who made this such a great day! A BIG thank you to Melissa and Brian (Santa lol) from Toys of Hope/American Giving Project for surprising us like it was Christmas Day with 12 brand new bicycles!!! Your generosity and your dedication to serving children and families in our community is absolutely amazing! Thank you Nancy & Liam for your continuous support and your passion for everything are trying to do in our community in memory of Brett! Thank you American Legion Post 360 for hosting! You guys are awesome!

THANK YOU ALL! 🚴🏻🚴🏻‍♀️♻️💚🖤

Huntington Patch article here.

40 Bicycle Giveaway - Huntington Awareness Day 2019

This past Saturday was our 2nd year at the Huntington Awareness Day - Unity in the Community and it was such a great day!!!! We gave away 40 bicycles, 30 helmets and we had 15 raffle prizes. We met some wonderful people, made some awesome friends and connections. We hope to be doing great things together and partnering with several nonprofits at some point in the future. Some of those wonderful nonprofits and organizations are Camp Good Mourning, Rebuilding Together Long Island and the LGBT Network Long Island.

Thank you June, Mary Beth, Dana and Diane, from Huntington Matters, for coming to show your support for our nonprofit and for doing another fun Facebook Live with us! June always makes it such a fun experience and we really appreciate Huntington Matters giving us the opportunity to get our story out there to our Huntington community. Thank you Pam Robinson (Huntington Now), Michele Leva Martines and Denise Adams from Adams Cyclery for your friendship and support. It means the world to us! Miss Dee Thompson, it was such a pleasure to finally meet you! Thank you for putting together another wonderful & fun event. Thank you Marleny, Jayden, Laurie, Joyce, Emerson, Sara, Sam, Andrea, Martine and Brandon for coming by. I’m sorry if I’m forgetting some of our friends who stopped by to say hi.

We want to send a big thank you to all of our family, friends and local businesses who put together so many beautiful raffle baskets. We are truly thankful to you all! We want to give a heartfelt thank you to our board members Nancy & Liam Mustapich from Supreme Trophies, Lehti Laas and Kathy May Castillo, from the Huntington Community First Aid Squad, who were there with us and Cory Bolton who was there in spirit. Thank you Mom & Kevin for holding down the fort at the raffle table all day long.

We thank you all for giving your time, dedication and your hearts to our cause. Lisa & I are so thankful to everyone and we’re looking forward to another great event in 2020!

Check out more photos here.

Maggie’s Mission and Huntington Subaru – Doing Great Things!

Brett’s Bicycle Recycle was honored to be part of this month’s Huntington Matters Gives Back! It was another successful FB LIVE Huntington Matters Gives Back delivery, this time to Maggie's Mission with Donna DeSousa-Schmidt and Steve Schmidt. This was all possible because of the sponsorship of the General Manager Gary Farley at Huntington Subaru. Maggie’s Mission, a husband and wife team, who after losing their daughter to a rare cancer, started a nonprofit to help other families who have a child with a pediatric cancer. They were presented with $500 in gift cards for local families in need. These are all amazing people. Lisa and I were so happy to finally meet them all. They’re doing great things in memory of their beautiful daughter Maggie. Thank you Huntington Subaru and Huntington Matters Gives Back!

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Congratulations Cory!!!

Cory Bolton dedicated 60+ hours of community service to our nonprofit this summer! Most of those hours Cory spent learning basic bicycle mechanics like replacing tubes, chains, seats and grips from Instructor Lisa Karrer. He is our first student to complete the Brett’s Bicycle Recycle Bicycle Maintenance and Mechanics Mentor Program that we rolled out this summer. Cory not only successfully completed the program but he went above and beyond showing his passion for volunteerism and giving back to those less fortunate by sticking with us through the whole summer! Cory assisted us with bicycle pickups, bicycle donation deliveries and he helped us tremendously loading and unloading the truck at community events. He is dependable and trustworthy and we have come to rely on him. We truly enjoyed having him spend so much time with us these past few months. Both Lisa & I are so proud of everything he has accomplished in just 3 months! Cory we are so excited to have you as a member of our board and we look forward to having you back permanently to grow in your new position of Bicycle Mechanic and Event Assistant. Good luck Cory as you head back to the University of Michigan for your final year. We miss you already! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 Lisa & Deb

Thank you to Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and the Town of Huntington!

We are truly appreciative of this proclamation in recognition of our community service.

  

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Being awarded this Proclamation by the Town of Huntington, after only 19 months in existence, is a tremendous honor! Lisa & I are so incredibly appreciative to be recognized for our community service. We made a promise to each other and to Brett that we would give the beginning years of our nonprofit total dedication to see if our program could really benefit people in our community. We modeled our nonprofit after a few very special organizations that we were inspired by. We never realized just how much joy we would get from serving our community. Today we are more committed than ever to assist all of our neighbors in need and extend a helping hand with the simple but powerful gift of a bicycle. We are thankful and so excited to continue on with the enormous amount of work we have ahead of us to allow Brett’s Bicycle Recycle soar to even greater heights in our brother’s memory. 


 Deborah & Lisa

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Please read the Huntington Now article!

We go on tour with HEART, well just one show, but we're on their tour!!!

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***BIG, BIG, BIG EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT***

Lisa & I are so incredibly excited and totally honored to have been personally chosen by Ann & Nancy Wilson of HEART to be a participating community nonprofit organization in the REVERB Action Village at the HEART & JOAN JETT show at Northwell Health at Jones Beach on Thursday, Sept. 26th!!! OMG!!! For all of you who know us, you know we are huge HEART fans and we’re so dedicated to our nonprofit in memory of our brother Brett. This is a match made in heaven and truly a dream come true!!! We thank Ann & Nancy of Heart and Reverb for this amazing opportunity for Brett’s Bicycle Recycle to highlight the important work that we do in our community. Our table will be located in the main concourse. Come join us and be a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity!!!

HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT AND SUPPORTING NONPROFITS

Musicians open their fans’ hearts and minds. REVERB is there at that key moment between fans and their favorite bands: concerts.

REVERB and Heart are teaming up for the band’s 2019 Love Alive Tour! We are thrilled to be working with the Wilson sisters to create positive impact for people and the planet while reducing the tour’s environmental footprint.

Come visit us at the REVERB Action Village at the @Heartofficial show! We’re thrilled to be working with @Reverb_org to encourage fans to take action for people and the planet.

#reverb #heart #bandtogether #rocknrefill

WABC TV News Video Shoot! Long Island non-profit 'Brett's Bicycle Recycle' brings bikes back to life for a good cause.

We were so excited that Alex Ciccarone from WABC News reached out to us to do a Video Segment. Here are a few photos and now HERE IS THE VIDEO!!!

Read the article here.