Solar Power for Wrench Detroit

Wrench Detroit supplies bicycles to inner city children that otherwise would not have one. We operate completely on donation of bikes, tools, parts, money and labor. We are setting out to prove that it is possible to come together with what we already have to see that every child has the freedom to ride their own bike.

Wrench travels to Detroit neighborhoods in need; holding bike repair and giveaway events in cooperation with block clubs, community centers, and church groups. Since our inception in April 2014, we have provided over 500 bicycles and repaired countless more. 

Wrench Detroit gets free use of a small shop that was purchased by a family we give bikes to for next to nothing. The property tax is only $120 per year; and by remaining  off the grid,  we also avoid utility bills. By having no shop overhead, Wrench can get to self sustainability. So we ask you to help us get there, with solar power! By recycling a used system, we can save money and have ample power for our needs. 

Below is a link for the solar power apparatus that we are aiming to purchase to provide power to our shop:
https://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/for/d/solar-panel-pure-sine/6280795096.html

A solar power system like this one would supply lights throughout the shop (which is currently only illuminated by a single skylight). It would also provide an energy source for charging batteries for tools we use each day, powering a space heater for the coming winter months, and illuminating outside lights after dark.

Kids leaving the shop with their free bikes!
Kids playing with rollerskate donations after school!

One of our volunteers helping sort bike pegs!

A view of our work bench being lit by only the skylight!

A small kids bike with training wheels made from recycled parts!

Donations ()

  • Patrick Sherwin 
    • $75 
    • 26 mos
  • Stacy G 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
  • Brennan Bynum 
    • $10 
    • 30 mos
  • Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen 
    • $250 
    • 30 mos
  • Bill Cahalan 
    • $30 
    • 30 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Savannah Stone 
Organizer
Detroit, MI
Jean Wilson 
Beneficiary
  • #1 fundraising platform

    People have raised more money on GoFundMe than anywhere else. Learn more

  • GoFundMe Guarantee

    In the rare case that something isn’t right, we will refund your donation. Learn more

  • Expert advice, 24/7

    Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more