• Powerless kids need powerful friends…
  • 22503 Grand River
  • Detroit MI 48219
  • Email us at
  • powerfulfriends@tarencewheelerfoundation.com
  • Call us at
  • (313) 819-0040

Our Mission

Our mission is to alleviate all non academic barriers... Powerless kids need powerful friends.

Community Outreach

We provide community outreach, housing and legal assistance, and a wide variety of community service programs. 

Educational Programs

Through our educational programs we work to ensure that all kids have an opportunity to reach their full potential.

All-Star Giveback

All-Star Giveback has provided over 12,000 Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need throughout Wayne County.

Female Hygiene Campaign

Many young ladies don’t have what they need on a monthly basis. It’s imperative for us to alleviate ALL non-academic barriers.

Back-to-School Rally & Backpack Giveaway

Our annual free event gives away over 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and other goodies to youth in need.

Coat Drive

When students don’t have winter coats, oftentimes they don’t come to school. Partner with us to alleviate ANY barriers to education.

Become a Donor

Become a Volunteer to help alleviate barriers to education for our youth.


  • Detroiters Making a Difference

    The City of Detroit featured CEO & President of All Star Give Back, Tarence Wheeler as a Detroiter Making a Difference.

  • Who is Tarence Wheeler?

    Tarence Wheeler is the Founder and CEO of the Tarence Wheeler Foundation and also is the founder of All-Star Giveback.

  • How it all began...

    A native of Detroit and former all-state basketball player, Tarence played college hoops for the Arizona State Sun Devils. After playing professional basketball in South America Wheeler returned to Detroit only to see children who lacked hope, families that were deprived and neighborhoods that were crime-ridden. He realized then that he had to do something to make a difference.

  • Impacting Lives

    Since 2007, Tarence’s volunteer efforts have impacted the lives of over 50,000 people. He takes tremendous pride that All-Star Giveback has provided over 12,000 Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need throughout Wayne County. He consistently mentors 50 Detroit youth, helping them foster positive relationships with their community leaders and build promising futures. He has also partnered with DTE to facilitate over $2.7 million in utility payments for low-income families. Tarence often says that he is in the life-saving business, constantly giving back to the community that raised him. “When I leave this earth,” said Tarence, “I will leave empty because I will continually pour into the lives of people.”

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Student success is predicated on adult participation!

19 years ago we started with 200, now we’re passing out over 5000 turkeys with all the trimmings. We’d like to thank everyone that has partnered with us to serve the community. Poverty has no zip code, we don’t need a savior we need more servants!

We have to meet the needs of our most vulnerable!

Collectively we can alleviate all non-academic barriers!

No one is successful by themselves, someone has to nurture and support your greatness!


% that donations & sponsorships are Tax-Deductible


Lives Impacted


Thanksgiving Turkeys Donated


Years giving back to the community

Upcoming Events

Additional details coming soon!
01 April

Female Hygiene Campaign

  • 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
25 August

Back To School Rally

  • 12:00 am to 11:59 pm