Cycle trip raises funds for Habitat
FALLS VILLAGE â€” Joe Atwood, son of Tracy and Mary Atwood of Falls Village, is participating in a cross-country bicycle trip to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing efforts.
The trip starts in Nagâ€™s Head, N.C., May 14 and ends in San Diego, Calif., on July 24.
The sponsoring organization is Bike and Build, a nonprofit organization that, according to its Web site, has contributed $2,305,345 to housing groups to fund projects planned and executed by young adults over the past seven years.
The projects are in towns where cyclists live; and they can also be in towns that cycling routes travel through.
Atwood participated in a 2008 ride; one of the stops was in Kent, where the riders stayed at the Kent School, and Habitat for Humanity provided a dinner.
Thatâ€™s the typical arrangement, Atwood said. â€œWe arrange with community groups for a place to stay, a dinner.
â€œAnd we do stop here and there to build with an affordable housing group.â€
Atwood said each rider is expected to raise $4,000 prior to the start of the trip. The money is shared among a variety of projects; the cyclist can designate where $500 of the money will be spent.
Atwood intends to donate his $500 to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Connecticut.
â€œI have helped build with them in the past at their four sites down on Lime Rock Station Road,â€ he said.
Riders are also expected to volunteer on home construction for eight hours, which he will do here as well.
Atwood splits his time between Norwalk and Falls Village. He is a 2008 graduate of Vincennes University in Indiana. His sister, Catherine, a student at Virginia Tech, is participating in a different Bike and Build trip, through the central United States.
For more information, call Atwood at 540-808-9492 or visit bikeandbuild.org.