Not on My Watch themed event reaffirms commitment to help abused and neglected children

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., – (June 25, 2018) – Orchards Children’s Services (Orchards) will give away 400 new Huffy bikes, helmets and locks to children of foster care and adoption families on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Southfield Civic Center Pavilion, 26000 Evergreen Road, in Southfield, Michigan.

The annual Larry Culley Bike Day brings together several hundred corporate volunteers who will assemble the bicycles before giving them to Orchards’ children and families. FCA USA LLC represents the largest corporate group with some 100 of the Company’s Motor Citizen employee volunteers expected to participate.

FCA US will join other companies such as Northwestern Mutual, Quicken Loans, and General Motors, as well as student and community teams, who will gather to assemble different sized bicycles that appropriately match the age range, three to seventeen, of Orchards’ children who will be on hand to take their new rides home. But before they do, subject matter experts will show them how to ride their bicycles safely.

“The safety component is just as important as the bicycle giveaway in our view,” says Michael Williams, Orchards President/CEO. “It is a very big part of the day.”

Orchards will emphasize standards recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which suggests bicycle riders adhere to the following safety measures each time they ride:

  • Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.
  • Adjust your bicycle to fit.
  • Check your equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check your brakes.
  • See and be seen. Wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night, and wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver can see you.
  • Control your bicycle. Keep your hands on the handlebars.
  • Watch for and avoid road hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs.
  • Avoid riding at night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see.

Also, Orchards Children’s Services will take the opportunity that the Larry Culley Bike Day provides to remind motorists to heed the following, especially as school is out and summer is here:

  • Avoid distracted driving.
  • Avoid passing bicyclists too closely.
  • Look for bicyclists when backing out of driveways and parking spots.

Orchards’ children work as hard as they play. Ninety-four percent of them who are enrolled in Detroit Public Schools graduate on time from high school. Some of this success can be attributed to the services they receive from Orchards.

Now through August 6, 2018, Orchards is gathering supplies as part of its Back2School Supply Drive that equips the children within its care with backpacks that are fully loaded with school supplies. Corporate, community and individual volunteer groups are already involved in this effort. And the pay-offs are worth it: All of Orchards Promise Scholars who have moved on to post-secondary schooling have a 3.0 or higher at a Michigan university, an achievement that Orchards leadership attributes to the dedication and commitment of its “champion” volunteers.

About Orchards Children’s Services

Orchards Children’s Services was established in 1962 as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization by the Detroit Section of the National Council of Jewish Women. The founders recognized the need to improve the lives of children. Today, Orchards provides services throughout the state of Michigan and has employees in fifteen counties with offices in Oakland/Wayne, Washtenaw, Genesee and Macomb Counties. For more information, visit ww.orchards.org or call 1-800-433-2655.