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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Sports

Mission: Through service-oriented cycling trips, Bike & Build benefits affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement.

Results: 2016 will be our 14th summer of cycling trips that benefit affordable housing. We have engaged 3,000 riders in these trips. They have pedaled 9.5 million miles and we have donated over $5.8 million of the money they have raised to affordable housing nonprofits. Our riders have also volunteered 200,000 hours on build sites.

Target demographics: 18-28 year old young adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: Build and fund approximately 1,100 homes

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: 8 cross country rides and 2 regional rides throughout the United States.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With the support and partnership of Bike & Build, the Manhattan Area HFH is able to continue to work hard to engage our youth and empower our communities as we advocate to improve access to decent and affordable shelter. Thank you for helping the Manhattan Area HFH - Build it! We look forward to seeing, meeting, and supporting Bike and Build riders next year!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our organization, Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County is presently involved with a Youth United Build in which 120 local high school students are fundraising and will be constructing a home for a deserving family. It is good to know that Bike and Build supports such efforts in such an easy way. The grant boosted the efforts of the young students and motivated them upwards and onwards. All of us here at Habitat in Whatcom County appreciate the mission of Bike and Build and their contribution. Most of all, the students directly involved say thank you and are glad to know that others support their efforts.

Harvest2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Bike & Build, Inc. does an incredible job of staying true to mission and working very hard to provide timely support for that mission. As a professional working in the field of homelessness and housing, I appreciate their focus and drive. The lack of red tape and bureaucracy makes them effective at what they do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bike and Build is a wonderful organization where young people take on affordable housing as a cause and bring enthusiasm, a 30+ member volunteer team, and media exposure wherever they ride. Yellow Springs Home, Inc., located in southwest Ohio, has hosted riders for several years and hosted two work days, where we were able to work on more than 10 affordable homes in our community. The riders also add capacity through their competitive grants program, giving up to $10,000 to worthy affordable housing projects that have a community impact and involve young people. What I love most about the agency is bringing leadership opportunities to the youth participants, as they get to make funding decisions and educate the communities they visit on affordable housing issues. Two grants awarded to our agency have made the difference in getting the shovel in the ground. I've never met such a fun, dedicated group of volunteers. I wish I had known about the program earlier - I would have participated!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bike and Build is a clear example of successful non-profit organization whose mission and vision permeate every aspect of the organization. From encouraging and supporting youth philanthropy and service to engaging partners and organizations who share their beliefs, Bike and Build goes well beyond the average non-profit.

The staff is responsive, incredibly effective, and most importantly passionate about everything that they do.

It has been a pleasure to partner with such an amazing organization and I look forward to all that we can accomplish together each and every year.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bike and Build is a great supporter of housing in communities throughout the country. Its members are dedicated to raising funds and working in support of affordable housing. Their emphasis on including young members of the community with affordable housing issues ensures that the future generation will continue to have dedicated individuals working for this cause. Bike and Build was easy to work with, had great communication, and provided wonderful support to our organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Bike & Build does a fabulous job engaging students and young adults in affordable housing issues. Not only do these young people build safe, affordable housing for families and help revitalize communities, they also are vocal advocates of solutions to this country's housing crisis. Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in Grand Rapids, Mich., is honored to work alongside Bike & Build toward eradicating poverty housing.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Housing is a basic need that we can all relate to. As a professional working for an affordable housing non-profit, I know first hand how difficult it is to build momentum around a need that is ever present, unlike the needs associated with "major events" like Hurricane Katrina for example (still a most important cause to support). I applaud Bike & Build as an organization for bringing constant attention to the ever present need of decent and affordable housing. I applaud the riders for committing themselves and their time to this cause. I am also very impressed with the the manner in which Bike & Build straddles that fine line between professionalism and familiarity. I appreciate feeling like when I reach out to the organization my needs seem to be important to them. Yet, I also appreciate very much the clear and professional manner in which business is conducted.
Overall, my non-profit is very thankful for the efforts Bike & Build continues to take in making a difference for those in need of housing. Thank you, guys!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a representative of a nonprofit affordable housing organization, I am so grateful to Bike & Build for their efforts in benefiting our communities nationwide. The support they provide makes a tremendous impact and means a lot to so many. The volunteer riders are incredible and inspiring. Thanks for all you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is our second year working with Bike & Build and we have found this organization to exceed our expectations! They brought energy and passion for affordable housing and completed hands-on work to make a real difference in our local community. Bike & Build transformed an unsightly area into a welcoming entry into our office complex. They even managed to paint our community kitchen! We hear compliments every week from folks about the work they did and the impact it has on changing the way they feel about visiting the facility for business appointments. This ambitious project wouldn't be possible without this nonprofit. Thanks Bike and Build!

Carrie38

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have partnered with Bike and Build for 4 years now providing critical repairs for low income homeowners. The Bike and Build teams are aways passionate, dedicated and willing to do whatever needs to be done to ensure we leave a families home safe, secure and healthy. Additionally the organization and riders have provided a great deal of financial support to fund critical repair work for low-income homeowners in Philadelphia. Bike and Build has been a pleasure to work with.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Area has been partnering with Bike and Build every year since its beginnings. We are a small Habitat affiliate and look forward to the Bike and Build event each year. Bike and Builders have helped with our home construction and when we are not building a home we have had them help with the remodeling of our ReStore and also with building shelves and organizing our "Save for Build" storage room. No matter what task we have set aside for them, they complete it with enthusiasm.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am the Director of Development for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Garland. Not only have the cyclists helped build homes the last 5 summers, they have inspired youg people in our community by offering the free bike clinic to youth at our local YMCA. The message they spread about the housing crisis in the USA is vital and the dedication they have to their cause is admirable. It helps other youth understand that they can make a difference too. In addition they have helped fund a home built each year by 2 local high school Building Trades classes through grant awards. Our ISD has 51% of students coming from economically disadvantaged homes and these funds help those Building Trades students gain needed vocational skills. We love Bike and Build.