CWAL has a strong showing in the WWW parade with 5 differently themed trishaws and the new van pulling up the rear.
Barb and her husband Steve arrived with some additional early birds to set up the WWW booth with loads of treats, prizes and info for folks passing by.
Booth volunteers during the parade handed out little containers of homemade treats and small fans to the trishaw passengers - brilliant move that helped stave off the heat!
Pilot Susie with her mom Carol and fellow passenger Ilene.
Pilot Dan J with his passengers Donna, his wife and grandson.
Pilot Scott with his in-laws - Jack, a 90-year old Korean War veteran and his wife Darlene.
PIlot Mary with her passengers, Glen, a 97-year old WWII veteran and his wife of 50 years, Mart.
Pilot Jonathan with his 3 passengers, Marsha, Millie and Margo.
Bob Toll, the new van manager drove the van, and held the parade spot early on so the trishaw passengers wouldn't have to sit for hours before the parade started! John rode shotgun for the parade.
It didn't take Barb long to figure how to get kids and their parents to linger at the booth: give the kids chalk! They could get a prize for drawing a bike - soon there were hundreds of bike drawings across the street!
This couple was dying from the heat and had parked in the ACC lot, several blocks away. CWAL to the rescue! They are excited to ride again, for the husband's birthday!
Barb and crew at the booth talked to a lot of people as they strolled past the booth, including potential passengers and young tykes (aka future pilots!).
CWAL revels in its regularly occurring events such as celebrating birthdays and honoring veterans so it's no surprise that we were super excited to take part in our first ever wedding! Hudson Gardens provided a gorgeous backdrop to the very special celebration of Dawn and Clint exchanging vows. CWAL pilots arrived in beautifully decorated trishaws to help bring guests to and from the ceremony and reception spots as well as provide the opportunity to experience all of Hudson Gardens' blossoms and greenery. The happy couple told CWAL that several of their guests would not have been able to attend without the help of the trishaws and amazing pilots!
We were honored to be part of such a momentous occasion and wish Dawn and Clint all the best as they begin their married life together!
CWAL provided 'valet' service for several guests to ride in style from their cars to the Prom, a free event where the high school students spent the evening with the older adults, dancing, conversing and creating new connections!
Marycarol piloted her daughter and grandchildren in a fabulous springtime 3-generation trishaw outing.
The cold weather couldn't dampen the spirits of the gleeful couple and their charming school-aged party goers at the pop-up celebration CWAL put on at Nixon's this spring. Wonderful connections between the young and young-at-heart definitely warmed up this chilly day!
The energy and excitement for both residents and 3rd graders is palpable on their monthly visits to ThriveCare. The older adults and the school-aged children thoroughly enjoy one another's company, not to mention the trishaw outings. "Way more fun than recess!" said one 3rd grader. "I feel like I'm on a kid ride at Elitches!" said another. Just more proof you're never too old or too young to love getting wind in your hair!
About 50 people biked from the South Park neghborhood to the Platte River Grille, and over 140 people attended the event in total.
Pilots Chris and Craig had the honor of bringing Ken's wife Susan and her sister, along with Ken and Susan's kiddos Zac and Sarah.
The tight-knit community where the Dolds reside paid honor to Ken for all his amazing contribution to the neighborhood, naming the tennis courts after him
Ken was the lead singer of this well-loved and locally known band. They played during the event for all to enjoy and remember Ken.
Over 50 people biked from the South Park neighborhood to the Platte River Grille, and at least 150 attended the event, which included great music, food and brews.
It was a beautiful day to spend remembering Ken through some of his favorite things: bikes, brews and music.
On April 13th, 80 attendees had the opportunity to learn from 20 community partners/vendors about many the services and products that can help one age successfully. 14 additional volunteers were on hand at RiverPointe Senior Living to ensure the expo went smoothly, and 34 lucky people walked away with raffle prizes!
Some adventurous passengers bundled up and nestled under blankets to view the holiday lights in the Bow Mar neighborhood.
Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.
Barb had the deluxe layout of piping hot drinks and tasty treats to greet the passengers and pilots all evening long!
The decorated trishaws were a sight to see themselves, as pilots and passengers wore festive lights.
Never can have too many layers or strings of lights for this creative new CWAL tradition!
Everyone enjoyed the unique way to view holiday lights - hope to continue this fun outing for future years!
Tasty treats on hand to help celebrate and thank all volunteers for their enthusiasm and commitment to CWAL
Fun was had by all who attended - big thanks to Olive Garden for hosting the great event!
Couple of Co-founders taking stock in how far CWAL has come!
Thanks to Little Man Ice Cream, CWAL has a brand new trishaw! We brought it 'on location' to celebrate and share our gratitude!
Little Man employees get to take a spin!
Passengers enjoyed a lovely fall day at the ribbon cutting!
CWAL's sponsor ThriveCare Assisted Living and All Seasons Healthcare held a very successful aging expo on October 14, 2022. Over 22 vendors provided a wide range of information and fun activities to 90 aging adult guests. Several CWAL volunteers along with others pitched in to make the event a hit!
Stats from the Expo:
*90 Aging Adult guests attended : Great interactions was the best part!!
*22 partners/agencies: You all rocked it!!
*22 volunteers who helped with set up, welcome table, souvenir table, raffle table, kitchen crew, camera crew, virtual reality, trishaw rides, corn hole and over all were present to our guests making them feel welcome and grateful they were spending their afternoon with us.
*20 trishaw experiences
*20-25 Virtual experiences
*90 passports given out
*90 souvenirs suitcases with pistachios given out
*12 Corn hole games and multiple jammin seniors with the guest appearance of the Blues Brothers, aka Bling Blaine and Reed
*16 raffle prizes went to happy, happy winners!
CWAL is so thankful for all its volunteers - you are so generous with your time, talent and treasure!
Pilot Jack's chef skills were on full display with amazing bbq meats, warm bread, homemade salads and dessert, compliments of Barb's daughter Alex's new company Sunshine Creek Kitchen.
More than 60 people enjoyed the evening, eating to their hearts' content and engaging in conversation with fellow CWAL volunteers
Longtime pilots like John and Carol shared time and fellowship
with new pilots and other volunteers
40+ pilots, already 1,000 rides, a new trishaw added to the fleet - it's been an amazing ride so far and will only continue!
Reed took Rae around the Bear Creek area where she lived for 60 years, raising her family.
Jinny planned the surprise of the century and covered her tracks so Barb had NO idea the 'Barbara' whose birthday it was!
Pilots hid behind Nixon's until they saw the trishaws and swarmed the patio. It took several times of everyone saying "Look at the 3rd trishaw!" before it registered to Barb!
Barb was singing and filming the trishaws coming down the path, without the slightest clue her sister and nephew were in the 3rd one, and the celebration was for her!
Smiles all around - successfully pulled off the big surprise!
Marc, Kevin M, John and Reed sharing in the celebration of Barb
First-time passenger and decoy Barbara with frequent-flyer Marion enjoy some birthday treats and chat time
Pilot Ralph chats with passenger Naomi
Pilot Susie was excited to partake in the surprise and brought her Bichon Charlie to the fun event
Barb's ubiquitous homemade goodies and the birthday special touches she always brings to celebrate others - little did she know whose birthday she was celebrating!
This clip shows how Barb is completely unaware of the passengers in the 3rd trishaw!
13th Floor, the organizer of the amazingly successful Magic of the Jack O'Lanterns event at Hudson Gardens allowed CWAL to pilot passengers through an hour before they opened so those unable to walk it themselves were provided the chance to experience it up close and without the crowds. Thank you so much, 13th FLoor!