Bike & Build - Emily Fidler

Emily Fidler

Not Assigned 2014
Miles: 3830 / 3830       Days: 75 / 75       Build Days: 11       Rest Days: 3       Location:  Route is over    

Iím Emily and Iím 23 years old. I enjoy being outdoors any way I can, cooking homemade meals with my roommates and friends, and swing dancing. I'm a big fan of scrabble and "old-fashioned" card games.

Iím a 2012 graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BS in Psychology. My motivation for studying Psychology was to earn a broad understanding of society. Understanding how people think, interact, or are motivated by praise and punishment have been useful tools! I learned about the massive impact of how life experiences, events, and surroundings mold you as a person. The implications of how you are nurtured affects your life in countless ways.†

I am really glad I studied Psychology because I feel a huge call to action from my education: To help people live vibrant lives.†

I am interested in supporting affordable housing because it meets a base need that I believe everyone should have. A home isn't something you deserve to have because you earned it, its something you need.†

I think AH is the beginning of a domino effect for helping improve many social problems.† AH is a major step in having safe, stable communities where there is a greater chance for kids staying in school, lower crime rates, and greater economic opportunities.†

Some of the problems in my hometown with AH are unsafe homes, and finding AH in close proximity to the the workplace. I want to help people live more stable lives by way of affordable housing.

My background in volunteering is limited, however, related to housing. I went on a trip to clean and repaint apartments in a low income area of Chicago. Iíve also spent a little time with a local organization that works to help low income families find affordable mortgages. I have also seen firsthand the importance of volunteering through helping with triathlons and athletic events. A friend of mine is the volunteer coordinator for a popular local triathlon, which I have volunteered with. Without volunteers, these events wouldn't go on. There are even volunteer posts dedicated to cheering on and supporting athletes on the course, far past where the crowds gather. When you're at the volunteer point 50 miles into the athletes' journey, they're pretty happy to see people. Last summer when I witnessed athlete after athlete pass my checkpoint and say there was an accident three miles back. Seeing the social support of these triathletes, and their concern for eachother's safety made me feel so proud of what humans can do for eachother. I've learned from these experiences just how important social support is to success.

I first learned about Bike & Build from a former classmate, while taking a sociology class that focused family needs. I saw her journey through social media and thought B&B was a fantastic cause, especially because the class I was taking.

I was inspired to do this because I saw many of my friends and acquaintances volunteering with organizations like AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or Teach for America. Upon returning home, they all had the same kinds of feelings. They were all thankful for the people they had helped and how their own thinking changed. I believe volunteering can change your mindset, and I look forward to the help I can provide.†

Besides the benefits of volunteer work, I most look forward to seeing the American West. This country is so vast and Iíve never seen most of the land we will be traveling. Iím excited to experience cultural variation, mountains, and see land roll out in front of me.

Help me help families by donating today!†

Emily Fidler†


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Emily has currently raised $4,501.
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Not Assigned's Affordable Housing impact:
Jun 2 - Charlottesville, VA
Jun 7 - Charleston, WV
Jun 12 - Cincinnati, OH
Jun 19 - St. Louis, MO
Jun 25 - Kansas City, MO
Jun 28 - Manhattan, KS
Jul 7 - Boulder, CO
Jul 8 - Boulder, CO
Jul 21 - Idaho Falls, ID
Jul 22 - Idaho Falls, ID
Aug 5 - Portland, OR