This past weekend Action Team Captains from Seattle and Los Angeles area high schools demonstrated that their passion for community service has no boundaries.
On Saturday, Action Team Captains in Seattle bundled up on a brisk fall morning to make their way to a downtown warehouse, where they would be dissembling more than 300 bicycles to be shipped to Africa by the non-profit, Bicycles for Humanity. The teens weren’t alone in their efforts, as Major Leaguer Steven Souza of the Washington Nationals showed up to lend a hand. Souza, from nearby Shoreline, WA, helped the Team Captains take apart each bicycle and prepare it for packaging.
In just about three hours, the bicycles were properly dismantled and ready to be shipped to the Zulu Tribe in South Africa by Bicycles for Humanity, whose mission is to provide the gift of mobility to people living in developing countries. The bikes are delivered via bicycle empowerment centers to orphans, healthcare workers, teachers, and people who need to deliver goods to market. Before receiving the bicycles, students and teachers in these areas sometimes walked over 15 miles a day to and from school.
On Sunday, Action Team Captains from El Camino Real Charter High School, near Los Angeles, organized their monthly visit to help keep Woolsey Canyon clean. This was the third monthly cleanup for ERCHS Captains, who have dedicated the second Sunday of each month during the school year to help keep Woolsey Canyon clean and safe.
Toronto Blue Jays players Rob Rasmussen and Kevin Pillar showed up eager to assist the Team Captains with their canyon cleanup efforts. Both Major Leaguers hail from the Los Angeles area. “It was a great time today. My wife and I enjoyed volunteering, especially for a cause close to home. The entire group definitely worked hard,” commented Pillar after the cleanup.
In September, the El Camino Real Action Team Captains were honored by Los Angeles County for their dedication to preserving the natural beauty of Woolsey Canyon. Blake Sperling, Action Team founding student and ERCHS senior, accepted the award with his fellow classmates and captains from County Supervisor Mike Antonovich. To read more click here.
As the Action Team Captains from the Seattle and Los Angeles areas demonstrated this weekend, volunteering is fun, personally rewarding and offers a variety of activities– the options are endless and the spirit of volunteerism is contagious.
For more information on the Action Team program and to #JoinOurTeam please visit www.actionteam.org
For more information on Bicycles for Humanity please visit http://bicycles-for-humanity.org/