Three local nonprofits, Mercy Housing, Inc., Wish for Wheels, and Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center, are partnering to build and distribute bikes to low-income families. Fifty employees from the JCC Denver team came together to build 25 bikes through the Wish for Wheels program on March 1 that will then be donated to Mercy Housing families in need. Mercy Housing is the nation’s largest affordable housing nonprofit and with Denver as their base, they wanted every child at their local properties to have access to a healthy lifestyle. Once complete, all MHI kids in the Denver metro area will get bikes.
As rents rise many low-income families struggle to provide for their children. Wish for Wheels capitalizes on the opportunity to build relationships—companies provide the money for the bikes and their staff works together to build and distribute bikes and helmets. Volunteers reap the benefits of teamwork and the satisfaction that they’ve had a direct impact on their community. Civic engagement, teamwork, and a healthy lifestyle is promoted through WW’s model of giving.
Michael Staenberg, a civic leader, philanthropist and President of The Staenberg Group, donated the funds to the Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center to make this latest partnership possible. After the bikes are built, members from Wish for Wheels and MHI will head to Holly Park Apartments to give bikes to kids and families, and enjoy each other’s company. This is a highly replicable model of corporate partnership that creates positive change in the community—kids are empowered with exercise, and companies build teamwork and learn more about their home city.
How it works
Businesses hire Wish for Wheels ($2,500 = 25 bikes) and employees do a team building activity to put them together. Bikes and helmets are provided by Wish for Wheels:
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