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Bike & Build

Pedaling for Affordable Housing

Bike & Build is exactly what it sounds like – biking and building! Through service-oriented cycling trips, Bike & Build benefits affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement.

Before team members get their bikes and gear, they read about and discuss in small groups the various issues surrounding the cause: public housing; sustainability; socioeconomic influences; etc. They also meet with an individual in their community impacted by the crisis and complete 15 hours of volunteer work on a local affordable housing affiliate site in their communities.

On the road, rider teams stop about every fifth day and riders trade their bikes for hammers or saws to help on an affordable housing build site with a local affiliate. For Bike & Builders, “days off” are really “days on” as riders serve alongside local community members in a hands-on application of Bike & Build’s mission to impact affordable housing.

Since 2009, Beaches Habitat has been the first stop for the Bike & Build Southern U.S. route, which ends in Santa Cruz, California. The 160 volunteer hours the 2019 team completed with us is only the beginning of what they will accomplish in the next 2.5 months. We wish this team the very best and a safe journey west!

For more photos of the Bike & Build SUS 2019 team, visit our photo gallery.

To learn more about Bike & Build, visit bikeandbuild.org.

THANK YOU!

Food providers:

-Beach & Hodges Chick-Fil-A

-Hodges Boulevard Presbyterian Church

-St. Paul’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church

Lodging:

-St. Paul’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church

Media:

-Florida Times-Union, read article here.