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April 26, 2013

Bikes for Benefit: Annual event features about 100 bicycles

CLINTON — An array of new and used bikes costing $20 will be for sale this Saturday with proceeds benefiting community members in need.    

Around 100 donated bicycles for adults and children will be on sale with most selling for $20. The event is hosted by and will benefit Information, Referral and Assistance Services and will ultimately help the community.    

Information, Referral and Assistance Services Executive Director Regan Michaelsen said bikes run the gamut from vintage Schwinns and rugged Treks to bicycles perfect for kids and adults alike looking for some two-wheeled fun. Baked goods also will be on sale.

The bike and bake sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday outside the Clinton Pool concession area.    

“It’s a great deal on a good bike and it’s for a good cause,”  Michaelsen said.

Information, Referral and Assistance Services links people in need with appropriate services, respond to unmet community needs and provides assistance to the people who fall through the cracks in the human services network.

They work with a local network made up of more than 200 local human service agencies, churches, and civic organizations to identify and eliminate the duplication of aid as well as coordinate assistance throughout the network.  

The agency provides prescription medication, and emergency services such as rent, utility and housing assistance, work clothes, bus passes, personal hygiene items, food, bus passes and other items to families throughout the community.

Information, Referral and Assistance Services assists more than 2,400 families a year, with the number of those needing help steadily increasing.  

“This will help us keep up with the growing needs in the community,” Michaelsen said. “We are seeing needs grow 25 percent from last year. The numbers keep growing.”

A number of the bikes were donated from the Clinton Police Department because they were abandoned and have been unclaimed. Police Chief Brian Guy said the Clinton Police Department has partnered with Information, Referral and Assistance Services for more than a decade.   

“In the long run people who fall on hard times could use the services Information, Referral provides and this partnership helps that agency provide citizens with those services,” Guy said.

Bike donations are still being accepted. To donate a bike for the sale, call Information, Referral and Assistance Services at 243-5818 to arrange for the bike to be picked up or the bike can be delivered to the Clinton Pool concession area between 10 and 11 a.m. Saturday. 

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