PHOENIX — ABC15 kicks off the 2021 Second Chance Bike Drive campaign today to help Arizona families.
Throughout the month of September, Earnhardt Auto Centers and ABC15 will generate awareness about the need for new and used bicycles at St. Vincent de Paul. These bikes will be provided to low-income men, women and families needing affordable transportation.
On Saturday, Sept. 25, St. Vincent de Paul volunteers will be at Earnhardt Auto Centers from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. collecting donated bicycles from the community at 17 dealerships throughout the Valley:
Earnhardt Auto Locations
- Earnhardt Buick GMC 6315 E Auto Park Drive Mesa 85206
- Earnhardt Cadillac 7901 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd Scottsdale 85260
- Earnhardt Chandler Cadillac 1450 S Gilbert Road Chandler 85286
- Earnhardt Chevrolet 2121 N Arizona Ave. Chandler 85225
- Earnhardt Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 1521 E Drivers Way Gilbert 85297
- Earnhardt Ford 7300 W Orchid Lane Chandler 85226
- Earnhardt Honda 10151 W Papago Fwy Avondale 85323
- Earnhardt Hyundai Avondale 10401 W Papago Fwy Avondale 85323
- Earnhardt Hyundai North Scottsdale 8445 E Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd Scottsdale 85260
- Earnhardt Lexus 800 E Camelback Road Phoenix 85014
- Earnhardt Volkswagen 1489 E Motorplex Loop Gilbert 85297
- Earnhardt Toyota 6136 E Auto Loop Ave. Mesa 85206
- Earnhardt Peoria Kia 17431 N 91st Ave Peoria 85382
- Rodeo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 35747 N Ellsworth Road Queen Creek 85142
- Rodeo Ford 13680 W Test Drive Goodyear 85338
- Rodeo Kia 10685 W Papago Fwy Avondale 85323
- San Tan Hyundai 3252 S Auto Way Gilbert 85297
Other ways to donate include:
On Thursday, Sept. 16, ABC15 will host a phone bank from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. to collect cash donations for the effort. Those donations will go towards the program including buying bike supplies like tubes, tires, new seats and cleaning supplies.
On Friday, Sept. 24, ABC15 will be live from Earnhardt Lexus in Phoenix from 11a.m. – noon and from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. encouraging people to donate bikes.
ABC15 also will highlight the need in the community through stories both on-air and on digital platforms.
St. Vincent de Paul’s Bike Shop has been repairing bikes for nearly 10 years. The nonprofit partners with other community organizations to give the repaired bikes to people who need a low-cost form of transportation to get to school and work. It also offers bikes to people seeking help at SVdP through its shelter, Resource Center, or neighborhood food pantries. Over the holiday season, children’s bikes may be provided to young dining room guests who achieve academic goals at school. In addition to providing bikes to people in need, the bike shop also gives residents the opportunity to volunteer in the shop and refurbish bikes to be sold at SVdP’s thrift stores. The funding generated through the sales of bikes go directly to support SVdP’s programs and services.
“A bike is helpful in so many ways for the people served by St. Vincent de Paul,” said Shannon Clancy, associate CEO at St Vincent de Paul. “Whether it goes to a guest who needs transportation to a job, a dining room child who needs to get to school, a partner agency who provides to foster children or to one of our thrift stores to provide an affordable option for someone in need, that bike means improved opportunity, increased access to resources, and the sense of freedom and independence that help people gain stability and seek a better life.”
“Earnhardt Auto Centers and ABC 15 have partnered for years to bring smiles to the faces of foster kids and those in need here in Arizona. At Earnhardts, we’re in the business of people, transportation and of supporting the communities that support us,” says Hal Earnhardt III, president of Earnhardt Auto Centers. “It’s no secret that Tex loved the Valley and loved helping those in need, both young and old investing in the future of our communities.” “This annual effort has always been near and dear to our hearts – as it was Tex’s. The participation from the Phoenix-area community, combined with the enthusiasm of our staff, has been amazing and we look forward to doing this each year and growing it. The partnership established with St Vincent de Paul last year has helped this program be even more successful to provide transportation to those in need and working to get back on their feet.”
“The number of bicycles donated is growing each year and as a result, even more deserving folks will get to experience the joy of getting a bike – something everyone young, old and in-between should get to experience,” says Derby Earnhardt, Tex Earnhardt’s grandson. “We absolutely love this program and are looking forward to participating again this year and working with great program partners like ABC15 and St. Vincent de Paul!”
For more information go to abc15.com/bike.
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About Earnhardt Auto Centers:
Earnhardt Auto Centers is one of the oldest and largest auto groups in the southwest. It was founded in 1951 by Tex Earnhardt. Tex’s sons, Hal and Jim Babe joined him in the business and eventually so did his grandsons, Dodge, Derby and Bull. Earnhardt Auto Centers has experienced phenomenal growth for nearly 69 years. It now has 22 dealerships offering 17 different franchises located in Mesa, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Chandler, Goodyear, Avondale, Phoenix, Peoria and even Las Vegas. The auto group also has nearly 3,000 employees (full and part-time) and has recently been ranked one of the largest Phoenix-Area Family-Owned Businesses by the Phoenix Business Journal. The Earnhardt family’s dedication to the well-being of both their employees and surrounding communities is legendary. The concept of “giving back” is something Tex Earnhardt instilled in his family and employees and is something that will continue to be a part of the Earnhardt’s “No Bull” culture for generations to come.
About St. Vincent de Paul The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to serving people in need and providing others with the opportunity to serve. SVdP has been assisting central and northern Arizona families since 1946 and has more than 80 parish satellite locations. It offers services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the uninsured, charity dining rooms, transitional housing and homelessness prevention assistance