Saturday, 30 young adults with Bike & Build Inc., a national non-profit committed to affordable housing, are bicycling into Crookston on their journey across the United States. The cyclists travel from Portsmouth, NH to Vancouver, BC in order to raise money and awareness for affordable housing causes. Wesley United Methodist Church of Crookston is hosting the cyclists during their stay. The public is invited to meet them and hear a presentation about their journey and work on Sunday, July 28 at the 10:45 a.m. worship service.
“We are deeply proud that Bike & Build has 265 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 Director of Operations and Outreach, 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 nine locations. 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 biking trips each summer. The 18 to 25 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.