Imagine if you will, that it’s 2006 again. The housing bubble has just burst, and the US economy is teetering on the brink of what will end up being the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression. People are scared for the futures of their companies, and are cutting corners at every possible turn. No one is very eager to spend money on team building.
Then we have an idea: what if you’re not just spending your money on team building? What if you’re spending your money to give back to your community, to the children of your neighbors and friends? What if we create a kind of team building event that focuses on CSR and giving back? Thus Charity Bike Build was born.
Since then, the Bike Build program has become the most popular team building exercise we offer. We’ve hosted over 600 Charity Bike Builds, working with many different companies like Nestle, Verison and Starbucks. With your help we’ve donated over 15,000 bikes, and that number is still growing. The participants of this program have a real impact on the lives of children in their communities.
Beyond the charitable impact, this program has had lasting impacts on hundreds of teams over the last ten years. In addition to the sense of group accomplishment from having made a difference, the program itself exercises several important aspects of teamwork. This program enforces communication skills, strengthens problem solving, and helps teams identify strengths and weaknesses within their structure.
But time and time again, we hear from you that the most rewarding part of the program is getting to see the kids receive their bikes. This aspect of the program takes the work and fun and laughter everyone shared, and changes the outcome from something abstract to something concrete. People get to see the good they’re doing, and the experience of that is unparalleled.
“I just wanted to thank you for your assistance with the Charity Bike Build. The build went off without a hitch, the teams were really into the competition not knowing that the kids would be showing up later in the day. Once the kids arrived, it was just awesome and our folks loved it.” K.M. – TJX
We’re thrilled with how much this program has grown, and we hope it will continue to do so in the future. Thanks to you, our TeamBonding participants, we’ve been able to grow this program from a hopefully idea to a successful team building adventure. Thank you!