Ever wanted to use your cycling powers for good? Come out and take part in a ride that will take us to a Habitat for Humanity build site, where we will spend our day volunteering for affordable housing.
This event was inspired by trips taken with Bike & Build, a non-profit organization that empowers youth and raises money/awareness for affordable housing through cross-country cycling trips. This is a great way to enjoy a passion for bike riding with fun people, and to give back to your community.
Registered riders will meet at Benelux Cafe in City Market at 8:00 AM, Wednesday March 6th. After some coffee and quick chat, there will be a ride of around 10 miles to the build site.
We will be working with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, at their Augusta Crossings site in Southeast Raleigh. Once there, we will sign some waivers and get a quick orientation from the Habitat staff. Then we will split into groups and get to work! Tasks could range from anything from putting up sheetrock or siding, to raising walls or painting. Don’t worry if you aren’t the most construction-savvy; Habitat for Humanity is used to working with unskilled labor. After lunch, it is back to work until 4, followed by a ride back Downtown for relaxation/libations after a hard day’s work.
There is a limit to 30 volunteers, so if you are seriously interested in participating please fill out the form on the bottom of the page and follow the directions afterwords.
Some important information/details:
- We will be riding around 10 miles there and back to the build site, so be prepared to both work and ride back afterwards.
- There will be a “support” vehicle, just in case anyone catches some bad mechanical luck, as well as to haul food/drink/extra tubes tools/etc.
- It is strongly suggested that you bring a comfortable pair of closed toe shoes, especially if you plan on riding in cleats. If you don’t plan on bringing a bag/panniers, there will be space in the vehicle for this purpose. Some old sneakers would be great for this.
- Same goes with clothes. Consider that you’ll be spending most of the day out of the saddle, check the weather and dress appropriately/bring extra clothes. Jeans and a t-shirt/jacket are perfect. Again, space in the vehicle will be provided.
- Lunch will be provided, but if you have dietary restrictions it is strongly suggested that you plan ahead and bring your own meal. We will do our best to find vegetarian or gluten-free options but can’t guarantee anything.
- Make sure you have water/sunblock/snacks. We’ll be working outside all day, and these are good things to have. Water will be provided.
- You need to be at least 18 years of age to participate in this event.
- Many employers allow for Community Service Leave to work with organizations like Habitat during the work week. Please check with your employer to see if this is an option, especially those in state or local government employ.
- A route/cue sheet will be available once we get closer to the date of the event.
- Don’t forget, you’re doing a great thing with really cool people!
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
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To register for this event, please fill out the following form (for our use) and follow the directions posted underneath (for Habitat for Humanity).
1. Create an account on the Habitat Volunteer Hub
Use this link to access the Volunteer Hub and create an account: http://vhub.at/oaksandspokes. You will receive a confirmation email when you have successfully registered with a Volunteer Hub account.
2. Sign Up for March 6th on the Event Calender.
After you have completed the Volunteer Hub account set-up screen, you will be prompted to proceed to the Event Calendar, where you will see just the March 6 construction event at Augusta Crossings. You will need to click “Sign Up” next to this event posting to complete your registration for your reserved date.