OPINION

Habitat for Humanity to host Bike and Build Night

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa is blessed to have Bike and Build joining us for the third year in a row. Over 30 bikers will be riding into Ames on Thursday, July 7th. The bikers from all over the United States will be joining forces with Habitat of Central Iowa and building at our local build sites on Monday, July 8th.

Habitat would like to invite the community to join the Bike and Build group at Brookside Park on July 8th at 6:30 pm for an evening of fun. The entertainment will include Denise Shipler. This talented and beautiful vocalist – who will “knock your socks off” – has been thrilling audiences for over 25 years, and she will capture your heart! An Iowa native from Burt now residing in Clear Lake, Denise has appeared on Variety (The Children’s Charity) Telethons throughout North America, in Australia, and annually on the Iowa Variety (Midwest) Telethon.

Bike & Build operates eight cross-country routes each summer. Approximately 32 riders team up on each of these routes to pedal from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, stopping along the way in hundreds of communities to build with local housing affiliates like Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa and to advocate for the need for increased availability of affordable housing for low-income families.

The riders on this trip, hailing from all over the United States, are raising money to donate to various housing nonprofits. Bike & Build riders raise the money to support these organizations and make the competitive funding decisions.

Join Habitat for a relaxing evening and visit with over 30 bikers from all over the U.S. as they bike across the United States in support of affordable housing.

—submitted by Sandi Risdal, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa