Thirty young adults with Bike & Build Inc., a national non-profit committed to affordable housing, are bicycling into Springfield on their journey across the United States. The riders will be working on Friday, July 22, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. to help construction efforts at 1323 W. Thoman with Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO. The group of cyclists will be painting the exterior of the future Habitat homeowner’s home. The cyclists, as part of the Maine to Santa Barbara route, are traveling from Portland, ME to Santa Barbara, CA to raise money and awareness for affordable housing causes.
“We are deeply proud that Bike & Build has 300 riders this year who are so committed to the affordable housing cause that they are willing to raise much-needed funds and spend two months of their summer biking across this amazing country,” said Bike & Build’s Senior Director of Operations and Development, Justin Villere. “Bike & Build provides the opportunity; it is the riders who make the impact on housing issues through our cycling trips.”
The group will be traveling for more than 10 weeks and will help to build affordable housing in 13 locations, including St. Louis, Missouri. In order to participate in the trip, each rider raised at least $4,500 to help fund the trip costs and affordable housing efforts nationwide.
Bike & Build offers eight cross-country and two regional biking trips each summer. The 18 to 26 year old riders see and experience first-hand the affordable housing need in this country. They stop in towns along their route and participate in construction efforts at affordable housing sites that are in progress. The riders also meet with local officials and community members to discuss affordable housing issues.
In addition to the support of the Bike & Build team volunteering to paint the exterior of a Habitat home, the organization provided a grant of $2,200 in January 2016 to complete the home build for the Key Family.