Let’s #BikePGH: It’s National Bike to Work Day!


Some of you may already be aware but for those who are not, May is National Bike Month. National Bike Month was established in 1956 and is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists. To celebrate biking this month, May 19 is National Bike to Work Day; how about going for a ride? To support this initiative, we will be sharing with you some tips to get you ready to bike to work.

Bike to Work Day
Familiarize yourself with Bike PGH. These guys have all of the information you need for biking around Pittsburgh. From education to bike routes to tips and advocacy opportunities, they should be your go-to for up-to-date biking info.

Use #BikeMonth, #BikeToWork, and #BikePGH on social media to let your friends know you will be participating in Bike to Work Day 2017. Share your resources with them to help them prep for their ride to work too.

Today, whether you bike to work every day or this is your first time, pack your things, plan your route, and bike to work!

After work, visit our friends at Over The Bar in the Southside. They are a sponsor for our #FundTheTruck campaign, which is raising money for The Greater Washington County Food Bank. They have a great bicycle-themed menu and specialty cocktails. Treat yourself and meet other bikers after a long day of biking and working.

Now what if biking to work isn’t realistic for you, but you’d still like to participate? Remember, it is National Bike MONTH. You have plenty of time left to ride your bike this month, to the store, park, or a friend’s house. Check out Bike PGH’s event page to get involved. You can also donate, become a member, or learn about advocacy and volunteer opportunities.

Are you planning to bike to work today? Let us know what you think if it’s your first time biking to work!

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Recap: Volunteering at the Greater Washington County Food Bank


April has been a very eventful month for all of us here at the Tapolci Foundation! We’ve certainly been picking up the pace on our philanthropic efforts outside of the office in the past few weeks. To recap, we held our wildly successful event, #FundTheTruck, at Mad Mex in Robinson, exceeding our goal of raising $2,500 towards a 24’ refrigerated truck needed for the Greater Washington County Food Bank!

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#FundTheTruck Exceeds Fundraising Goal for The Greater Washington County Food Bank


Food BankWe did it! Totaling up the contributions made on April 6 at The Tapolci Foundation’s #FundTheTruck event, we were able to exceed our goal! Who made it possible? You did, of course. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to those of you who could make it to Mad Mex to support our cause for The Greater Washington County Food Bank!
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#FundTheTruck – Helping the Greater Washington County Food Bank Feed The Hungry


Take a minute to imagine how your life would be if food wasn’t easily attainable by simply walking to your pantry, opening it up, and grabbing a bite to eat in the attempt to silent the insatiable growling of your stomach.

Now imagine the inability to purchase items at your local grocery store to feed your family. What if you had to chosen to feed your three children by sacrificing a meal each night of the week for yourself? You may feel that these scenarios are unimaginable. How could you ever have to struggle to obtain something as simple as food?

In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it’s almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry. Yet every day, there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. With recent government funding cuts to food access/SNAP programs, it is becoming increasingly difficult for families living in poverty to afford food. In fact, the lack of governmental funding to access, or other “food-stamp” programs is literally costing families one meal a week. Imagine that feeling. Hunger- one night a week, every week.

Fund The Truck

The Tapolci Foundation understands the importance of capturing excess food and providing it to people in need. When we heard that our friends at a local food bank needed a truck to deliver food to families facing this crisis; we made sure to call our team together to help.

The Greater Washington County Food Bank has been providing groceries and nutritional education to food insecure residents of Washington County for the past 30 years. Through their network of 48 distribution sites and seven agencies throughout the county, this nonprofit primarily relies on community support to help the over 25,000 people who are food insecure.

The Food Bank delivered more than 2.7 million pounds of food last year alone-a whopping 62% increase over the prior year (we were there to sort just a fraction of it). However, their fleet of vehicles became outdated and unfit for the task of delivering the food. With the goal to replace a 1999 international refrigerated truck with a new 24′ truck, the Food Bank reached out to us to help #FundTheTruck .

Our answer? A party of course! The #FundTheTruck event will take place on Thursday, April 6th, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Mad Mex in Robinson Township, PA. Fifty-fifty raffles will occur during the evening as well as a Chinese Auction.

Board Member Jeff Tapolci stated, “When we formed the Tapolci Foundation, donating to organizations in our community such as the Greater Washington County Food Bank was our main purpose.” He continued, “As a company, we will be volunteering at the Food Bank at the end of April, but we also want to present them with a check with donations raised from this event and online so the impact will be greater.”

If you’ feel like you want to be a part of this- stop by! Enjoy networking with local businesses, maybe even donate a few bucks- you know every bit counts!

In the meantime share this post all over the social medias using #FundTheTruck . Sharing is caring and in this case for an amazing cause. We’ll see you at Mad Mex!

Unable to attend? Donate toward our goal here.

 

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