Several companies offer events which allow your team or company to build teamwork and collaboration skills while building bikes that are then donated to needy kids via a nonprofit or charity. This is a great way to build teams while making a meaningful contribution to the world. The Leaders Institute claims that their Build-A-Bike® program is the "The Original Charity Team Building Event," created a decade ago, and that it led to the creation of the philanthropic team building industry.  Best Corporate Events claims to have been "organizing and delivering the best Bike Builds in America for the past 20 years."  See descriptions from various companies below, and you might also be interested in Build a Wheelchair and Build a Wagon.
Build-A-Bike ® Team Building Events - The Original Charity Team Building Event
Build-A-Bike® is the original charity team building event that revolutionized how fun team building events are delivered! Almost a decade ago, The Leader's Institute® came up with a brilliant idea to combine fun team building activities with charity donations, and viola! The philanthropic team building industry was created almost overnight. Bike team building events like Build-A-Bike® are great alternatives at annual meetings or conventions because they add fun and philanthropy without increasing your investment! The Leader's Institute® is still the industry leader in bike team building activities. In the past decade, we've given away almost $1 Million worth of bicycles to needy kids in cities all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Philanthropic Team Building: Allows for fun teamwork with a purpose. Lets team members build camaraderie in a high energy team activity. Creates an emotional conclusion that will have your team clamoring about the experience. Can be customized into two-hour or three-hour team events or combined with fun classroom training for a one-day or two-day team retreat. The Build-A-Bike ® Team Building Workshop is the original charity team building activity, and it is still, by far, the most popular team activity in the world. This website is designed to help coordinators organize and facilitate the perfect activity for groups. History: Although bike team activities have been around for a couple of decades, the program hit the mainstream business world in 2005 when The Leader's Institute ® began offering the program as one of the offerings to their Fortune 500 client base. Within the next two years, the event was being offered over 1000 times per year to both small business and the largest corporations in the world. Advantages: The biggest advantage to this program is that it combines a fun and high energy exercise where participants work together for a common goal and learn valuable communication and problem-solving skills. However, in addition to these benefits, the charity aspect is even more powerful, because at the end of this event when the kids come rushing into the room to receive their brand-new bike, the emotion and the warm feeling involved is priceless. Since 2005, there have been over 200,000 people have participated in an official Build-A-Bike® Team Building Activity, and over 50,000 bicycles have been donated to over 50,000 young kids in urban areas. Donations through this program have exceeded over $3.7 million in bicycles, helmets, and other safety gear, and 100% of every single donation has been made directly to the children with no administrative fees. The Build-A-Bike Team Building Workshop® and charity event is a brainy, challenging, program where your group is divided into teams to solve specific challenges in order to build bicycles for young children from either The YMCA, The Boys and Girls Club, or some other worthy children’s charity in your local area! Remember that first, brand-new bicycle that you got when you were a tot? For many of these kids, this will be the first bike they will have ever owned, and your gift means Freedom to these young people. This is the original bicycle team building event! Each group of participants has puzzles to solve, codes to decipher, and secrets to unlock in order to acquire the resources that they need (part by part) to build a bicycle. Challenges are discovered along the way that must be overcome in order to accomplish their goal. The ultimate conclusion to the event is the understanding that, each component of a whole group (company) is interdependent and can’t work silo-ed from the other components of the company. When we work together, we accomplish more — faster! This will be “the most fun” that your attendees will ever have — working!
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://www.buildabiketeambuilding.com/, http://www.build-a-bike.com/, or http://www.leadersinstitute.com/team-building/bicycle-team-building/
The Charity Bike Build
Welcome to the home of the world’s most popular team building program – The Charity Bike Build charity team building event! From the creative mind of Quixote Consulting founder Rob Fletcher, our consultants have helped hundreds of companies just like yours build bikes for kids for charity - more than 10,000 bicycles and counting - around the world.
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://quixoteconsulting.com/teambuilding_descrip/bikebuild.html
The Charity Bike Build – Together We Care
In this terrific build a bike for charity event, teams armed with wrenches and enthusiasm as they race to construct the ultimate human-powered, no-gasoline-needed rocket: children’s bicycles. From the creative folks at TeamBonding – our facilitators have helped hundreds of companies just like yours build bikes for kids for charity (more than 12,000 bicycles and counting) around the world. One of your fondest childhood memories is probably the day you received your very first bicycle for your birthday or Christmas, wrapped with a big bow around the handlebars. You probably spent all summer outside, cycling around with your friends, or going on rides through the woods with your family. But for the many impoverished families throughout America, it can be tough to afford the cost of food and rent, let alone luxuries like toys and bikes. Although bicycling can help children build coordination and self-esteem, and provides a wonderful source of exercise, many kids are forced to go without this cherished childhood pastime. For most of the children involved, typically ages 7-9, this will be their first bicycle! We partner with charities such as Boys and Girls Clubs and Bikes for Tykes. We’re also happy to partner with a local charity of your choice.
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://www.teambonding.com/programs/build-a-bike/
Wheels of the World
Do you recall your first bicycle? Remember the fun, the adventure, the freedom? Wheels for the World offers your team the chance to pass those feelings on to a child by building and donating bikes for kids. Anyone can assemble a bike (well, almost anyone) if they receive all of the parts, a few tools, and the instructions. But, in Wheels for the World, teams must earn the parts by participating in fun team building challenges. Each activity is funnier than the last in this energy-filled session. During this team building activity, teams work to earn the front tire, seat, handle bars, and pedals, they are simultaneously building teamwork, strengthening relationships and developing trust. (By the way, a cycling professional will be on hand to make sure the bikes are assembled properly.) The biggest surprise of the day is yet to come. Once the bikes are assembled, you will have the opportunity to decorate them with a colorful, personalized card and lots of balloons, beads and stickers. Teams perform a fun skit or commercial about their bike at the end and everyone thinks this is the grand finale. But wait… We line up the bikes in the front of the room so that your team can admire their handiwork. Then, participants close their eyes and are told to imagine the looks on the children’s faces when they receive their new bikes. But what if they didn’t have to imagine? Shhhhh, don’t tell say anything, but we will make arrangements to bring the children to your team building program where your staff will present the bikes directly to kids. Kids are jumping for joy… adults get a little misty-eyed (that’s right, even the big strong guys)! In Wheels for the World, your team will share a heart-felt bonding experience and know that they’ve done something truly impactful for the community.
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://teambuildersplus.com/team-building/wheels-for-the-world
Bike Build Donation
THE BEST NEW BIKE BUILD IDEA IN 20 YEARS! Bike Build Donations are one of our most popular CSR programs. After organizing and delivering the best Bike Builds in America for the past 20 years, we proudly announce the future of this very popular giveback program. With help from our SmartHunts® App and a ton of Apple iPads®, we have created the most fun, fast-paced, hi-energy, hi-tech Bike Build program in the world! Our Bike Build Donation now feature Apple iPads® delivering text, audio and video clues, exciting gaming challenges, and the ability to capture and save all your memories of this truly heartwarming event with photos and video of your team in action. Our Bike Build Donation is one of our clients' most popular philanthropic team building programs, and every bicycle your group builds comes with a cool helmet and a lock for safety and security. After a fun icebreaker to get everyone “in gear,” your group will be formed into teams and receive their tool kits and iPads. Teams with correct answers to their iPad challenges will be rewarded with a trip to our bike store, to get the parts they need for the build. Teams will utilize the tools of organization, delegation, communication - and some mechanical skills - to build their bikes and complete the fun challenges presented on their iPads. After the bikes have been built, our bike mechanic will inspect them, so your teams can race them on an Obstacle Course set up nearby. After the race, teams will add bike accessories and personal touch decorations. At the conclusion of the program, your group can present these beautiful, finished bicycles to deserving children - accompanied by a local charity representative who will address your group and thank you for your donation. If your group would like to have children attend the bike build program, it is predicated on the program ending after school hours and the charity’s ability to provide transportation for the children and families to our program location. We can work with any charitable organization your group chooses - or we can engage one of the many charities we use, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the Boys and Girls Club of America. Our Bike Build Donation will strengthen your team and touch their hearts - while putting smiles on faces of the children receiving your generous donation. It will be a day that all will remember. An event where everyone wins!
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://www.bestcorporateevents.com/Pages/btb_program_detail.lasso?-KeyValue=103
Turning Wheels for Kids - Corporate Bike Builds
Are you looking for a way to energize your employees and give back to the community? TurningWheels For Kids would love to be a part of your next team building experience and due to our 501 (c ) 3 status your donation is COMPLETELY TAX deductible. What we provide: Bikes, Tools, Team Building Exercises (All exercises are related to the bike building experience), Children to receive newly built bikes, Volunteers. What we need: A Location, People to Build, A Way to Dispose of Trash.
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://turningwheelsforkids.com/corporate-bike-build/
Bikes for Tykes
Imagine the sense of achievement your team members will feel after building a bike from scratch! When they find out the bikes will be donated to a local kids’ charity, this fun and challenging exercise takes on a deeper meaning and gives everyone a warm, fuzzy glow. Teams will complete a series of tasks and challenges in order to earn the pieces of their bike. Once all pieces have been collected, building the bike can begin. When the bike is fully built, each team must bring their bike to a qualified mechanic who will give the bike a “once over” and report on any defects to the judges. The first team to have their bike built and approved will be crowned champions for the day. Once the bikes are complete, each team finds out that their bike is to be donated to a local kids’ charity. Medals are presented and the kids collect their bikes.
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://www.corporatechallenge.com.au/team-building/bikes-tykes
Bikes For Tikes
What is Bikes for Tikes? The Bikes for Tikes training is a customized workshop with one of the following learning outcomes: Improved team performance, Enhanced sales techniques, Polished customer service, or Improved leadership skills. After a briefing, including theory, assessments and reflection, your team begins a series of tailor-made, problem-solving simulations. Debriefs follow each activity to discuss strengths and areas of improvement. Subsequent simulations provide practice and improvement of new skills. After each simulation, participants are rewarded with parts to a brand new bicycle. After the group has accumulated all necessary parts and tools to build the bike, the timed assembly begins. Underprivileged children are selected in the city of your training through our partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of America. Neither the team nor the children realize they are about to share a very special experience. Important: Participants do not know their efforts will benefit children from the community and the children do not know they will be given brand new bikes. …We ensure this element of surprise by renaming the program one of the following: The Nuts and Bolts of Sales; The Nuts and Bolts of Teams, The Nuts and Bolts of Leadership or, The Nuts and Bolts of Customer Service. Your team can know the learning outcomes of the training, but keep the bikes and children a secret. Shhhh! What are the benefits of Bikes for Tikes? Participants gain an amazing sense of organizational pride, better understanding of purpose and improved rapport with co-workers, a deeper commitment and motivation to individual and organizational goals, and a feeling of connection with the community and the children. Participants also gain a new understanding of and commitment to better teamwork, improved sales, enhanced customer service and/or superior leadership depending on the focus you choose. What you get comes from what you give. You will be donating one brand new DiamondBack™ bicycle, one helmet and one lock for every five people in your group.
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://www.odysseyteambuilding.com/team_building/helping_odysseys/bikes_for_tikes.php
Bikes for Goodness Sake
Bikes for Goodness Sake is a charity with a mission to share to Goodness of Bicycles with underprivileged children. We are a registered 501 c(3) non-profit. We work local bike shops and corporations to create events and distribute bikes to local children. We aim to create a cycling culture in North America by giving a bike to a child. Each bike we give comes along with a custom fit a helmet. The charity was started by Mark Smith and Pete Buck of Bucks Bikes in Austin, Texas. We help you and your company put on a charity bike building event and build a sense of team and community. It is easy, fun, and gratifying. Here is how it works: You tell us how many bikes you want to build and the number of team members. Typically four to six members per team is optimal. Bikes for Goodness Sake (BFGS) will work with a local Raleigh Bike Shop in your area to deliver the bikes, helmets, and tool kits. The Bike Shop will also have a bike mechanic at your event to check over the bikes after assembled. BFGS sends you a quote for the bikes, helmets, and tools. We only offer bike-shop-quality bikes and helmets for these good kids. BFGS will help you identify a charity or you can select one. You can choose a simple bike build or a more elaborate team building event. We have programs for both. A simple bike build will take about an hour. For a heartwarming surprise, we work to have the recipient children rush into the room after the bike build event to surprise your team. That is a special moment that no one will forget. Your team gets to enjoy to look on a child’s face when they get their new bike.
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://bikesforgoodnesssake.org/?page_id=9
THE BICYCLE FACTORY™
Bike building teambuilding events - Build a bike... Change a child's life™ - A TEAM BUILDING & CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY EXPERIENCE. Each of the bicycles your team builds will be given to an underprivileged child in your community. The Bicycle Factory™ is a unique team building workshop and powerful team philanthropy experience which can be customized to meet all of your team goals, including: increase teamwork & team effectiveness, improve team communication, increase team motivation, improve customer service & sales team effectiveness, improve leadership skills. Each member of your team will help build a bike that will change the life of a child. This bicycle building experience will touch your hearts and inspire your minds. It is filled with fun and excitement, as well as skills, tools and experiences that will make a dramatic & powerful impact on your team. After an initial opening ceremony, briefing and orientation, your team will participate in a series of custom problem-solving activities during which you will learn and practice powerful new skills. When it's time, your team is rewarded with the parts to a brand new bicycle and the tools to build that bike for your "customers". Your “customers” are local underprivileged children to whom your team will present the bicycles--though neither your team members nor the children are aware you are about to share an extraordinary experience together (so please, DO NOT TELL YOUR TEAM about the bike building or the donation of the bikes to the kids before your event). Through participation in The Bicycle Factory™ experience, your team will gain a stronger feeling of team connection and more powerful motivation to achieve personal and team goals. You will also learn and master powerful tools & techniques that will translate into improved teamwork, better communication, and increased productivity.
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://www.professionalteambuilding.com/bicycle-factory.html
Bikes for Kids Charity Event Team Building Activity
Overview: We partner your company with a local Boy’s & Girl’s club from where the event is held. The event brings in the children and they become part of your team so the bikes can be custom fit to each child. Watching these children’s faces light up with delight is one of the highlights of this event. This team building event will energize your team, help them communicate more effectively and get them active and having fun. We do this by giving each team most, but not all, the resources they need completely build the bicycles. The equipment necessary to completely finish a bicycle is found with the other teams. Teams must come together, share resources and align strategies in order to be successful. Team Commercial Presentation: As part of the Bikes for Kids Charity event, each team is challenged to create a commercial advertising their bike. The commercials are judged on creativity, humor, teamwork and relevance to your meeting’s theme. This commercial can be tied in to any aspect of your company including: new product launch, company values, goals, meeting/conference theme, etc. Business application: Part of the give and take between teams creates challenges around cooperation vs. competition, breaking the “silo effect” and communicating effectively across departments. The teams engage in a self-facilitated debrief and explore ideas on how to break down these barriers between teams. At the end of the debrief each team reports out to the other teams their key learning and insights.
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://www.teambuildingusa.com/bikes-for-kids-charity-event/
Build My Ride
Complete team challenges, build brand new bikes, and then give them to deserving kids in person on the day... a “win win win win” event for your team, your organisation, the kids and you as the organiser. You provide the team, we provide the challenges, the bikes (and the mechanic to check them!) and the kids. What better formula for a team event than having some crazy fun and then making some incredibly deserving children very very happy! This charity team event includes challenging team activities to 'earn' the bike parts, then the building of the bikes, then the giving of the bikes to kids who you will present to them IN person ON the day. We work with many charities such as Child Cancer Foundation », Refugee Service », Kidney Kids », Fostering Kids » and more - or a charity of your choice. This event can be run anywhere in the country, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and all points north, south, east and west. In terms of staff team building activies, it doesn't get much better! The event in a nutshell: Complete challenging and slick team activities to earn parts for brand new bikes, Build the bikes (no mechanical experience needed, Give the bikes away to deserving kids ON THE DAY, Get medals (if your team wins)
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://www.teamelevate.co.nz/events/build-my-ride.html
Bikes for Kids
Each team receives the same Bicycle parts, and our trained facilitators supervise the event. Participants will be challenged by several "children's competitive games" in order to receive the bicycle parts. The reward for building the Bicycles is the reward of giving back to the community. Bikes will be donated to the charity of your choice. Companies can choose their own charity or TeamBuilding Unlimited/Murder on the Menu can help you locate one in your area.
Learn More and get a price quote from this team building company: http://www.teambuilding-unlimited.com/charity.html
Bike building activities are generally facilitated by a consulting company