David Henderson | President & CEO | February 2019
Perhaps that bike you used to ride no longer fits into your exercise regimen. Or maybe you want to reclaim the space taken up by that bike your kid rode in high school. Never mind that he or she is now a grown adult, you need that space for your own precious collectibles!
STARS Handlebar Helpers (HBH) is here to help! We turn those tired old bikes back into sweet, sparkling two-wheeled rides for someone in our community in need of transportation.
Through HBH, STARS’ provides meaningful employment to individuals with developmental disabilities, delivering on-the-job skills training in bicycle repair and maintenance. HBH accepts donations of used bikes in any condition; those that can be renewed are available for purchase with the proceeds going towards program sustainability.
HBH also donates bikes to community members in need. Recently, HBH donated bicycles to Syrian and Congolese refugees through RAFT (Refugee Assistance and Friendship Teams), a ministry of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. RAFT seeks out ways to help refugee families by promoting new family friendships.
During the holiday season, HBH teamed with Odelay Bagel Co. in Ahwatukee to provide 3 dozen bikes to underserved youth in the Town of Guadalupe. HBH also donated an assortment of bicycles to youth in Alamos, Mexico through collaboration with the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association.
I’m proud that STARS Handlebar Helpers benefits many individuals in our community and beyond – your donated bicycles help make meaningful community collaboration possible!
For more information on donating or purchasing a bicycle to support Handlebar Helpers, please click here.