Public can meet them at Wesley United Methodist Church

    Thursday, 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 riders will be working on July 24 to help construction efforts at 1010 Wilson Ave. with Habitat for Humanity. The cyclists are traveling from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Vancouver, British Columbia in order to raise money and awareness for affordable housing causes.   

    The public is invited to a short program presented by the Bike & Build participants at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 701 Eickhof Boulevard, Crookston.    

    "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. And we couldn't do it without the generosity of hosts like Wesley United Methodist Church in Crookston"    

    The group is traveling for more than 10 weeks and is helping to build affordable housing in nine locations, including Portsmouth, New Hampshire, South Bend, Indiana, Madison, Wisconsin, and St. Paul, Minnesota. 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.   

    Based in Philadelphia, Bike & Build is a non-profit organization that encourages young adults to address the country's affordable housing crisis through organized bicycle trips. Trip participants support the affordable housing cause by fundraising and building efforts. Since its founding in 2003, Bike & Build has motivated over 2,000 young adult volunteers and contributed over $4.5 million and 160,000 volunteer hours to housing groups such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together to fund projects in the United States. For more information, visit or call (267) 331-8488.