Updated: 04/08/2014 6:07 PM
Created: 04/08/2014 3:45 PM WHEC.com
In an old warehouse on Hudson Avenue in Rochester, volunteers fixed enough broken bicycles last year to help thousands of children and adults in need.
R Community Bikes will now expand its free services to help a new population, thanks to a $5,000 community health award from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. The group says it will use the funds to convert traditional bikes into tricycles and offer them to veterans with disabilities, among other groups.
Dan Lill, R Community Bikes Director, said, “As you know many folks in the service come back and there are a variety of physical & emotional disabilities so we hope that with the money that Excellus has given us, we'll be able to help meet the needs of some of those folks as well.”
Twenty-five thousand dollars in awards were also given to six other nonprofits across the area.
-East House received $5,000 for a diabetes prevention program with 20 individuals who suffer from severe mental illnesses.
-American Lung Association of the Northeast received $5,000 to start a virtual Better Breathers Club for at least 100 individuals in Wayne and Livingston Counties, who suffer from chronic lung diseases.
-Compeer Rochester received $5,000 to the CompeerCorps mentorship program to help returning military veterans re-adjust to living in the Rochester area.
-CP Rochester received $4,000 to begin a comprehensive health and wellness program for its 300 employees who support people with disabilities.
-Seneca County Pomona Grange received $3,400 to help more than 1,000 individuals in rural
communities received health education through health screenings and risk assessments at local events.
-Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic received $2,600 to purchase blood pressure kiosk for the Ontario County hospital’s main lobby.