A dedicated crew of female offenders from the Corrections Center rebuilds bikes from the community. Gig Harbor Kiwanis Club then distributes the bikes to deserving children.
Kiwanis finances the project, furnishing materials and tools. Under careful supervision, these women learn skills they can take with them when they return to the community. They learn how to use their creativity and to develop mechanical skills.
The offenders who work in the shop earn their jobs by completing educational requirements and maintaining exemplary conduct. Qualified offenders apply for a bike shop position which is a work program; the offenders consider this job a privilege. Their hard work puts huge smiles on the faces of the kids these women provide with bikes.
Gig Harbor Kiwanis supports several programs to join bikes and children:
Individual children identified by Kiwanians or members of the community. Other Kiwanis Clubs (when surplus bikes are available).
Since the Bike Program's inception in 2004, over 2500 child and teen bicycles have been refurbished and passed on to eager children.
If you have an unused bike to donate to this program, you may leave it at the Gig Harbor Elks Club (next to the Correctional Facility) or contact Gig Harbor Kiwanis for pick up by sending an email to Gig Harbor Kiwanis.
Officer Jim (JJ) Johnson currently manages the bike program.
Gig HarborKiwanis is proud to work with the officers and offenders of the Washington Corrections Center For Women who provide bikes for so many children who need bikes.