Biking and building

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - On July 11, 30 young adults with Bike & Build Inc., a national non-profit committed to affordable housing, bicycled into Williams on their journey across the United States. The cyclists travel from Nags Head, N.C. to San Diego, Calif. in order to raise money and awareness for affordable housing causes.

"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 Executive Director Rosemary DiRita. "Bike & Build provides the opportunity; it is the riders who make the impact on housing issues through our cycling trips."

The bicyclists stayed overnight at St. John's Episcopal-Lutheran Church. The group showered at the Williams Aquatic Center and Williams Elementary-Middle School. St. John's congregation and Williams Habitat for Humanity provided meals.

The group will be traveling for more than 10 weeks and will help to build affordable housing in eight locations - Prescott, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Buena Vista, Colo. In order to participate in the trip, each rider raised at least $4,000 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 organizing bicycle trips.

Trip participants support the affordable housing cause by fundraising and building efforts.

Since 2003, Bike & Build has motivated over 1,250 young adult volunteers and contributed over $2.8 million and 80,000 volunteer hours to housing groups such as Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together to fund projects in the United States. For more information, visit www.bikeandbuild.org or call (267) 331-8488.

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