Allison Mercurio

Bike & Build

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Image of Bike & Build alums, property of Bike & Build, Inc.

Image of Bike & Build alums, property of Bike & Build, Inc.

This summer, following my graduation, I will be biking across the United States with a group of riders from an organization called Bike & Build. My adventure starts in Maine and ends in Santa Barbara, CA. As we pedal our way across the country my group and I will be raising awareness about Affordable Housing and partnering with groups that support housing projects to help build homes along our route! 

Through this trip I will have the opportunity to travel to places I've never been and places I have been but I'll be seeing it all through a completely different lens. I chose to raise money for Affordable Housing because I believe that it is a problem that greatly affects many people but is not physically seen by all. Not having affordable housing is something that affects the well-being of a family, children's education and many other aspects of life we tend to take for granted. In the past I have spent a lot of time volunteering at community gardens, getting food to those that are food insecure. I also was a Big Sister in the Big Brother Big Sister Program in Asheville, NC. In 2012 I spent a lot of time mapping out reasons for food insecurity in North Carolina. In my community minimum wage is below living wage so many people cannot afford housing at all. I'm super excited to bike across country and help those in need from regions across the nation. After hearing about Bike & Build from a friend of mine who led a trip last summer I could not turn down the opportunity to help out such a great cause and have the adventure of a lifetime. I cannot wait to learn from the communities I come across, and help spread awareness about the issue of affordable housing!

Before embarking on this adventure I have been asked to raise money to go towards affordable housing. Homelessness is an issue that affects many in the U.S. Without a home over one's head it's hard to worry about things like finding food to eat, education and finding a job to support your family. If you'd like to donate to help out please click on this link, scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit DONATE. Thank you!

Want more? Find out about Bike & Build's mission and history here. And check out this awesome video from a 2013 Bike & Build participant.

Check out my route on the map below!

Maine to Santa Barbara Route. Property of Bike & Build Inc.

Maine to Santa Barbara Route. Property of Bike & Build Inc.