The back patio of Seagate’s Cupertino facility was transformed into a bicycle-assembly operation last week, with teams from Northern California coming together to build bikes for underserved children.
Seagate partnered with Turning Wheels for Kids to buy bike kits, assemble and donate them to children in need. In all, Seagate employees built 50 bikes on Sept. 21. Members of the Turning Wheels for Kids staff were on hand to assist employees as needed and perform a final check to ensure the bikes were in good working order.
Turning Wheels for Kids is a non-profit organization that distributes bikes to children from low-income households.
Seagate’s volunteers included both novice and experienced bike builders, with employees grouped in small assembly teams. Employees also decorated dozens of helmets with colorful decals to go with the new bikes.
“The bike build was a fun, quick activity to give back to our community,” said Carrie Martin, senior director, corporate quality.
The Cupertino event began with a morning bike build by the corporate finance team, led by EVP and CFO Dave Morton — himself an avid cyclist.
“Not only are we helping to bring new bikes to kids right here in our community,” Morton said before his team went to work putting together handlebars, seats, wheels and pedals, “but we’re also connecting as a team and getting to know each other a little better.”
Employees from other departments took part in a second bike build that afternoon.