Bike And Build Team Helps Habitat For Humanity

Tuesday, July 21st 2009, 5:15 pm
By: News On 6

Chris Howell,

TULSA, OK -- A group of 32 bicyclists stopped in Tulsa Tuesday, taking a break from their cross-country trek to help work on a Habitat for Humanity home to be dedicated this weekend.

The young people joined Bike and Build and are cycling from Boston to Santa Barbara, California this summer to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing.  Along the trip they donate money they have raised as well as their time assisting worthy causes such as Habitat for Humanity.

"Today we're going to be helping with a Habitat site in Tulsa, we're going to be building and painting their shed, sodding the yard and putting down tile inside of the house"' said Tatiana Cook.  "Affordable housing is a really, really big issue and we can't just sit back and hope that somebody does something, you need to get involved."

Tulsa Habitat for Humanity is on a four-year campaign to build 100 homes with families, and depends on the help of organizations like Bike and Build the meet their goals.

"This is the second year that we've had Bike and Build young adults come here to Tulsa," said Paul Kent, Executive Director For Tulsa Habitat for Humanity.  "They have so much energy, even after riding 70-80 miles-a-day, they get up the next morning there will be a full seven of eight hours of work, then tomorrow they'll jump back on the bikes head west and continue the journey."

You can track the progress of the Bike and Build teams by visiting their web site here.