Thirty-five cyclists on the Southern U.S. team of Bike and Build pedaled into St. George on Saturday, July 8th as part of their journey across the United States. They arrived in the evening and were hosted by the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church. That night the Dixie Elks Lodge and Donna MacBean made dinner for them and we all got to learn more about each of the members of the SUS 2017 team. By this point in their journey, they had already biked approximately 3,101 miles of their total trip mileage of 4,009! It was wonderful to learn more about them all before jumping into the projects at the build site.
Day 1 - Bike and Build arrived, dinner, & get to know the team
Sunday was build day and the riders did not hesitate to work hard! The day started with breakfast at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (special thanks to Reverand Ralph, Chris, and Carolyn for cooking!), and then quickly transitioned into working. From 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM the team volunteered with us. Even though the day was hot, they were anxious to help with our 22nd home build site in Hurricane. At the home, they painted the entire interior and helped with various landscaping projects. Their spirits were high, their attitudes were bright, and it was a pleasure to work with them! We appreciate the role they play in supporting and working towards affordable housing in Southern Utah.
Day 2 - Bike and Build working hard at Habitat's 22nd home site
Sunday night after the projects were completed, everyone was invited to dinner at the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, and this time people in the community were invited as well. Many of the church members attended and Habitat staff came to participate. Also in attendance was a current Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah homeowner and a prospective homeowner. Both were given the opportunity to tell their story and express gratitude to Habitat and Bike and Build for the difference being made in the community for families. Following that, Bike and Build gave a presentation about their non-profit and journey across the country. They shared with us their safety guidelines, what a typical day looks like, their mission, fundraising achievements, and a cool video that summed it all up! If you want to learn more about them, you can visit Bike and Build's website.
Day 2 - Dinner with the community, meeting the Habitat homeowners,
& Bike and Build presentation
Habitat, the Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, and Washington County said their goodbyes to the wonderful Southern U.S Bike and Build team the morning of Sunday, July 9th after breakfast. We felt their stay was short-lived, but are grateful we got to know and work with such an incredible group of young adults! They left that day beginning their route to Nevada, where they will stop in Las Vegas for another build day. A special thanks to Einstein Bagels for donating breakfast for this amazing group!
Day 3 - Breakfast with the riders and sending them off to NV!
We sure look forward to every year when Bike and Build comes to help us!
Habitat Would Like to Thank:
- The Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church for housing and feeding the riders for 3 days!
- Dixie Elks Lodge and Donna McBean for dinner
- Einstein Bagel for donating bagels for breakfast
- Washington County Community Center for offering their showers and facilities to the team
- Red Mountain Resort and Spa for donating bags, water bottles, and goodies!
- BIKE AND BUILD SOUTHERN US TEAM FOR THEIR TIME, HARD WORK, AND DEDICATION TO BETTERING THE ISSUE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN OUR COUNTRY!
General Info on Bike and Build:
Bike & Build offers five 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. In order to participate, each rider raises at least $4,500 to help fund trip costs and affordable housing efforts nationwide. In their journey they stop in cities along their route from Jacksonville, FL to Monterey, CA. While in these cities they get to 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.
Now in its thirteenth season, the national non-profit organization of Bike & Build has contributed more than $5 million to housing groups to fund projects planned and executed by young adults. Last summer they empowered 352 riders to pedal over 1 million miles, while granting over $415,000 and volunteering 25,900 hours to build affordable homes in the United States. They are an organization devoted to the cause of affordable housing!
For more information about volunteer opportunities with Bike and Build, or about any of the programs of Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah, call Lil at 435-674-7669.