St. John, KS – You may recall a group of bicyclists from around the country that stopped in Stafford County last summer to help Economic Development with affordable housing efforts. They will be stopping in St. John again on Monday, June 20th to give a day of volunteer labor on Tuesday, June 21st focused on our Launch Pad Business Incubator and Gray’s Studio, both of which have second floor apartment spaces.
“These bicyclists had to make an extra effort to come here – it lengthened their route by about 100 miles, so it is especially encouraging to see that they see value in the work we are doing and are willing to make that effort to be a part of it, said Carolyn Dunn, Executive Director for Stafford County Economic Development. Not only do we benefit from their volunteer help, but it is also affirming and energizing to have their group here.”
Stafford County Economic Development is working to improve the availability of modern, affordable housing and has acquired grants to construct a Launch Pad Business Incubator with living quarters on the second floor. Eco Devo has contributed to the housing inventory by constructing a brand new duplex in Macksville in 2014 and a single-family home in Stafford earlier this year. Eco Devo also completed renovations on a house in Hudson in early January. All of these properties are currently occupied on a rent or rent-to-own basis. A grant of $3,900 from Bike and Build in 2015 is contributing to Stafford Eco Devo’s work in construction.
Bike and Build is a national organization that raises funds and organizes cross-country bicycle rides to support affordable housing efforts. Nationally, the organization offers eight cross-country and two regional biking trips each summer with a total of 265 riders. Riders are 18 to 25 years old and each raised at least $4,500 in order to help fund trip costs and provide grants to affordable housing efforts nationwide. This group of 29 cyclists is going from Nags Head, North Carolina to San Diego, California over the course of 10 weeks and will be stopping at 10 locations along their route to contribute their volunteer time. This will be the organization’s only stop for a build day in Kansas, two years in a row!
““I am so happy with the partnership we have developed with this organization, which has extended two grants and two years of volunteer labor that has a combined value of approximately $30,000 over three years, Dunn said. I love the way the energy of these young adults is directed in a way that has purpose, but is also lots of fun!”
For more information about Bike and Build and to read the riders’ bios visit www.bikeandbuild.org.
Check out some images from last year, below!
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