Sharing Social Responsibility Through Wheels And Spokes

This summer, bicycling has been a popular sport at Glade Run Lutheran Services. Aside from the campus construction, perhaps you’ve seen groups of kids zipping by on bike near campus in Zelienople.

Throughout the months of June and July, Glade Run’s Foundation Assistant, Michelle Herr, solicited donations of bicycles for the children who stay on campus.

Thrivent Financial in their Allison Park office has been collecting and rebuilding used bicycles this year to donate to children and adults in need. Thrivent donated 11 bicycles for Glade Run’s children. Christ Community United Methodist Church of Butler, Pennsylvania, also contributed 10 bicycles during their “Bikes for Hope” drive. The event, held in June, was sponsored by the church and featured a dunk tank, cotton candy, and arts and crafts. Anonymous donors also contributed five bicycles.

Through Michelle’s efforts, alongside community partnerships, Glade Run kids have the chance to enjoy a fresh set of wheels. In total, 26 bikes were donated for children in our residential treatment program to use.

Glade Run is a Sanctuary certified organization. The Sanctuary model guides the way Glade Run operates as an organization in order to help people recover from trauma. Although Social Responsibility is defined within context of Glade Run Lutheran Services, we often see Social Responsibility reach beyond just our agency and into our neighborhood.

For most kids, bicycles are tools for play. Besides being an important type of exercise, cycling offers the children at Glade Run the opportunity to explore and develop independent skills. Responsible riders must learn the rules of the road and take safety very seriously. By exhibiting concern for other cyclists as well as their own personal well-being, Glade Run children demonstrate the Sanctuary concept of SELF: safety, emotion, loss and future. In this way, a new bike becomes a transformative tool for learning positive ways to interact with the world.

We’re thankful for a generous community that answers to Glade Run’s call of need. It is through partnerships with area leaders, churches, and even anonymous donors that we can share the Social Responsibility of contributing to the welfare of our region. Truly, we’re better when we work together.

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