Providing safe, low cost transportation to those Verde Valley residents most in need
Chain Reaction AZ is a private, newly formed Arizona nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide refurbished bicycles, helmets, locks and safety information to select veterans, homeless and/or low-income residents of the Verde Valley who are in need of transportation and cannot afford a bicycle.
The United States Census Bureau reports the following percent of residents living below the poverty line in 2015: Camp Verde: 33.0%, Yavapai-Apache Nation: 18.0%, Cottonwood/Verde Village: 17.2%, Lake Montezuma: 17.1%, Clarkdale: 11.1%, Cornville: 11.1%, Sedona: 9.3%, Jerome: 8.7%, Village of Oak Creek: 7.6%.
According to the 2009-2013 American Community Survey, there are currently 2,113 Verde Valley residents in households with no vehicles. This is projected to increase to 3,052 by 2040.
A lot of the recipients of our bicycles don’t want a lot of attention. I always get their names but they don’t always want their picture taken. I have included as many photos as I can here. These folks are our neighbors. They’re going through a hard time and can use some help. I am doing what I can working out of my house, storing bikes on our back patio. My feeling is that if someone has no way to get to a job or even a job interview they have a very small chance of getting and keeping that job. Something as simple as a used bike can mean the world to them and give them a chance to make their life better. I’m happy to be able to do this and I hope you too see the beauty in my mission. Learn more