The Sanford and Irene Burnstein Foundation supports primarily Tulsa-based organizations whose work improves quality of life. The reach of our support extends to organizations that add value and benefit to the lives of those less fortunate or enhance inclusive community livability. From school-based reading, career training programs and enhanced higher education learning to support the cultural assets of Tulsa, the Foundation’s reach is diverse and growing.
Humble Sons Bike Co + Bike Club Tulsa
What's the Mission?
Humble Sons Bike Co.
A bike is so much to a kid. It’s joy. It’s freedom. It’s adventure. It’s good times with friends. It becomes central to kid’s life teaching responsibility, the importance of safety, and the awesome responsibility of independence and self-reliance.
We give brand new bikes, helmets, and locks to kids that need them.
We think every kid should have a bike.
Bike Club was introduced by Humble Sons Bike Co at Emerson Elementary in the 2014. The program serves multiple roles for participating children. The volunteers encourage engagement, leadership, good citizenship and participate as mentors to many of the children as well.
Why We Love Their Work!
In 2008, Jason Whorton began building and giving kids free bikes through his 501(c)3 non-profit Humble Sons Bike Company. Whorton's initial efforts consisted of giving away 22 bikes. He has since given away nearly 8,000 bicycles and helmets to children. His program was growing at an exponential rate. Whorton's knack for getting things done soon outgrew his charity's primary mission — he began looking for what was next.
Mike Wozniak started a bicycle-themed bar in 2006 with his best friend after changing his life by riding a bike all over Oklahoma. Wozniak saw the transformative power of a bicycle first hand and wanted to share this feeling of health and community. He wanted to save the world with a bike but had no idea where to begin.
Wozniak joined the Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) through the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) to see how he could help get more people on bikes. It was at a BPAC meeting where Wozniak met Gary Percefull, a board member of Tulsa Public Schools. Wozniak told Percefull about his ideas to change the world by getting people on bikes. Percefull replied, "I don't know about the world, but I have some school kids who sure could use you."
In the 2018-19 school year, Bike Club's will be operated at 19 Tulsa Public Schools - recent additions include growing clubs at middle schools - with plans to reach additional children through ongoing program expansion.
Watch out world. Here comes Bike Club!
Learn More and Get Involved!
Want Volunteer for Bike Club? Sign up HERE
*All photo/video/Copy used with permissions from Bike Club & Humble Sons Bike Co, all photo/video/Copy credits to Bike Club & Humble Sons Bike Co*
Irene & Dan Burnstein attended the groundbreaking of Pathways to Hope as part of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission on May 30, 2019. The Pathway to Hope will connect the Greenwood Cultural Center, on the north side of the IDL, with John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, about two blocks away on the south side of the freeway. The groundbreaking was part of the annual John Hope Franklin Symposium’s community walk, which began in the park named for Franklin and roughly circled the old Greenwood neighborhood. For more information on the Pathway to Hope and the Commission, click HERE
For nearly 40 years, A New Leaf has been one of the leading agencies for individuals with disabilities to receive life skills and vocational training. As key founders of the program, Stan and Irene have been devoted to A New Leaf’s growth and sustainability. Currently, there are 24,000 individuals with disabilities living in the Tulsa area. A New Leaf remains committed to assisting these challenged individuals with training, job development, and independent living.
Find out more about A New Leaf's work HERE
The Sanford Burnstein Education Fund at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum was established in 2014 to honor and celebrate Stan Burnstein. The purpose of the Fund is to provide programs that support a focus on science technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for students across the metropolitan area. Working in cooperation with the Oklahoma Innovation Institute’s STEM Alliance, the Education Fund at the Museum seeks to spark an interest in aviation and aerospace careers for elementary students.
Find out more about the education fund and TASM HERE