Several years ago, Bike & Build filmed a series of spotlights highlighting the work our affordable housing partners were doing with funds granted by Bike & Build riders. Search “2012 Bike & Build grantees” to see the series!
In 2015, we granted over $625,000 to 380 affordable housing organizations across the U.S. Below is just a sample of our riders’ impact.
|Antelope Valley Youth Build||Palmdale, CA||$ 10,000||www.avyouthbuild.com||Antelope Valley YouthBuild is a leadership development organization with an emphasis on our participants investing and rebuilding their communities through working on developing quality affordable housing.|
|Rebuilding Together Philadelphia||Philadelphia, PA||$ 9,000||www.rebuildingphilly.org/||The Medically Fragile Children’s Project will provide free home repairs for low-income families of medically fragile, impoverished children in Philadelphia. RTP will partner with local vocational training high schools and Project WoW, a program that provides home repair training to non-high school graduates aged 18 to 21.|
|Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley||Allentown, PA||$ 9,000||www.habitatlv.org||Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley will organize a youth “Learn and Build” project to give youth in our community the opportunity to help build Habitat for Humanity homes and learn about the need for affordable housing. Students and young adults will be championed to help organize a build on Aaron Street in Bethlehem and raise walls to support affordable housing solutions.|
|Community Rebuilds||Moab, UT||$ 9,000||www.communityrebuilds.org||Community Rebuilds builds energy efficient housing, provides education on sustainability and improves the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program. We offset the cost of construction by implementing our Student Education Program on natural building and sustainability including straw bale walls, earthen plasters, solar photovoltaics and permaculture.|
|Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity||Santa Fe, NM||$ 9,000||www.santafehabitat.org/||The project will frame and roof a home for a Santa Fe family, expand and grow our capacity to work with more youth programs, and offer more opportunities to at-risk youth in our community. This project will partner with the Santa Fe YouthWorks/Youth Build program and will include approximately 30 girls and boys between the ages of 16 to 25.|
|Housing for New Hope||Durham, NC||$ 8,000||www.housingfornewhope.org||Rapid Rehousing (RRH) is part of Housing for New Hope, a homeless services nonprofit in Durham and Orange counties. RRH is a community collaborative program that moves homeless families and individuals out of homelessness and into new homes with their own names on a lease.|
|GRID Alternatives North Valley||Chico, CA||$ 7,380||www.gridalternatives.org/northvalley||The Women in Solar, Youth Leadership Program empowers young women in engineering to take a leading role in making real-world green affordable housing solutions available in northern California. The Project engages college students in semester-long training and mentorshipwith GRID. The women then plan and design a solar installation for a low-income family and teach and engage high school youth as they install the system.|
|Crispus Attucks Association||York, PA||$ 7,000||www.crispusattucks.org||Crispus Attucks Charter School students renovate distressed properties for low-income families. This provides job training for challenged students in their senior year of high school. This project will substitute old single-pane windows with energy efficient replacements in the student-led house being renovated. This will make the tenants more comfortable and save them money on heating costs.|
|Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens||Athens, GA||$ 5,000||www.ihnathens.org||Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens collaborates with a network of 24 local congregations and 750 volunteers to provide emergency shelter and vital services for homeless families with children. Funds provided by this grant will help support key guest needs at IHNA.|
|GRID Alternatives, San Diego||San Diego, CA||$ 4,300||www.gridalternatives.org||We engage and train young adult volunteers in the installation of solar panel systems for low-income qualified families–working towards a mission of making renewable energy technology and job training accessible to underserved communities. Every project generates triple bottom line results: measurable, long-term financial benefits for low-income families struggling to keep up with monthly expenses; hands-on experience for local workers in the growing field of solar installation; and environmental benefits by eliminating greenhouse gas emissions.|
|Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins & Cortland Counties||Ithaca, NY||$ 2,000||www.tchabitat.com||Our project goal is to create a safe, on-site job opportunity reserved for youth of all ages, completing the final stages on the house, including painting, landscaping, driveway and sidewalk installation. We hope to include our interested volunteers from elementary schools to college campuses, and engage 60+ youth volunteers.|
|Fair Tide, Inc.||Kittery, ME||$ 1,200||www.fairtide.org||We wish to bring together the community and our staff to build two, outdoor, walk-in sheds; one to house children’s yard toys and bikes; and the other to store lawn tools, trash barrels, and recycle bins.|
|Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity||Starkville, MS||$ 1,000||www.starkvillehabitat.com||Funds from the 2015 Bike and Build Grant will be used to build and install a sign, with landscaping and lighting, which will mark the entrance to a seven-unit Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity subdivision. The sign will be designed, built and installed by Art and Landscape Architecture Students from Mississippi State University.|