Imperial Valley Velo Club gives bikes to charity

IV Velo Club volunteers David Sanchez, Brian McNeece, Diana Rose, and Benny Ordona pose with some of the soon-to-be-delivered bikes

EL CENTRO — With the help of a grant from Ocotillo Wind and Imperial Valley Community Foundation, the Imperial Valley Velo Club refurbishes and gives away used bicycles to deserving people.

Since starting the program in 2015, the IV Velo Club has donated 135 bikes to the El Centro Police Officers Association, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Center for Family Solutions, the Family Treehouse, and many individuals. It has passed on another 210 bikes to the Salvation Army for a total of 345 bikes.

IV Velo Club volunteers set up a bicycle shop and purchased tools, bicycle parts, and other supplies.  One of the members donated the use of a secure yard and a 24-foot shipping container to act as shop and storage for repaired bicycles.  The IV Velo Club then solicited bicycles from two nearby universities, where students often abandon bicycles at the end of the semester.

Recently, the IV Velo Club and the Salvation Army collected 70 more bikes from SDSU in San Diego.  IV Velo Club volunteers Diana Rose, of the SDSU Police Department, and Roland Pritchard arranged for the pickup of the bicycles.

“I am so happy to be working with these guys,” said Rose. “I know these bikes will go to people that need them.”

The IV Velo Club is interested in working with churches and schools to identify worthy recipients for these bikes.  For more information, write to

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