MAI Construction Volunteers Assist Turning Wheels for Kids!
Throughout the year, MAI Construction volunteers donate their time, energy and money to charitable initiatives which help strengthen and improve the health of our community. Since 2015, our roster has included Turning Wheels for Kids. This organization’s flagship event, the Big Bike Build, is held at the beginning of the holiday season to assemble bikes for less financially stable families in the area, the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s Pediatric Healthy Lifestyle Center and tricycles for children with mental and physical disabilities. For many of these children, the bicycles donated by Turning Wheels for Kids and assembled by volunteers will be the only Christmas gift they receive, which is a great reason to participate all on its own! The fun, joy and camaraderie engendered by this terrific event are a wonderful bonus for our big-hearted volunteers.
Childhood obesity is reaching epidemic levels. Excessive or exclusive involvement in sedentary activities such as watching television and playing video games has been identified as one of the key factors fueling this trend. While there’s nothing wrong with watching TV or playing video games in moderation, many children don’t get the exercise they need to stay healthy. Obesity has been positively linked to a number of childhood diseases and illnesses, including Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, hypertension and other maladies.
Turning Wheels for Kids works to combat this trend by raising funds throughout the year to purchase bicycles and tricycles, which they then donate directly to families, schools, police organizations or through partner organizations such as PHLC. 100% of all funds raised by Turning Wheels for Kids are applied to their mission of purchasing bikes. In the 15 years since Turning Wheels for Kids was launched, the initiative has raised over $4.5 million and donated over 43,000 bikes.
The 15th Annual Big Bike Build was held on November 23rd, 2019 at the South Hall of McEnery Convention Center, 435 South Market Street in San Jose, marking the fifth year in a row MAI Construction has participated. Around 1,000 volunteers, including the MAI volunteer crew, gathered together to assemble 2,400 bikes for area children. Each bike was checked for quality and proper assembly by quality control volunteers before being loaded up for delivery and distribution to partner organizations.
MAI Construction’s volunteer roster for the event included:
- Assistant Project Manager Manuel Cisneros
- Superintendent Bob Hobbs
- Marketing Coordinator Ronele Herd
- Accounting – Real Estate Division Jane Mairose
- MAI Construction President Mike Mairose
- Project Engineer Laura Meth
- Superintendent Rudy Rivera
- Superintendent Scott Roulin
- Senior Project Manager Brannon Wynn
From 8am until the last bike was checked and loaded at 2pm, our team joined with nearly a thousand other volunteers to make Christmas wishes and healthier lives a reality for Bay Area children in need. As always, we had a blast playing Santa’s elves, and the assembly went smoothly and efficiently.
Although Christmas only comes once a year, need never goes away. It is with us every hour of the day and every day of the year. To learn more about Turning Wheels for Kids and how you can help in their wonderful mission this holiday season and all year long, please visit http://turningwheelsforkids.com.