Preparing for her November 2017 Bat Mitzvah, 13 year-old Leah Grossman remembered seeing a Bicycles for Humanity (BFH) flyer and thought it might be the perfect service project for her. Searching online and contacting the non-profit organization helped her start a bike drive to collect over 60 bikes to donate. Using local social media sites has helped her raise awareness about the charity and her project.
Grossman says the idea of BFH had special appeal to her because it “makes the biggest little impact.” She says, “For the people who get bikes, it really matters.”
BFH donates bikes to locally owned and operated shops in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Namibia. They are sold and maintained at minimal cost to individuals who rely on them for their sole or primary transportation.
Grossman, who attends Denver School of the Arts (DSA), will continue collecting bikes through the fall. To donate a bike, please email Arturo.firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Bicycles for Humanity or to make a monetary donation to help ship bikes to Africa, please visit www.b4hcolorado.org.