Freshman Ally Miller from Sparta, N.J., has planned a summer full of service by cycling across the country with Bike & Build, a non-profit that promotes affordable housing.
As a member of the Service Program Crew, Ally has had the opportunity to work in several social issue areas. On her work crew, she spends much of her time researching and organizing trips to food banks.
She believes that “tackling an issue from one angle is not a sustainable way to alleviate it. Yes, these people need food, but they also need to pay for housing, transportation and health care.”
Through her experiences through the Warren Wilson College Work Program and her own personal goals, she will attempt to tackle the issue of affordable housing through a different angle. Her social compassion and thirst for adventure has led her to an affiliation with a Bike & Build effort that begins in Providence, Rhode Island, and ends in Seattle, Washington.
Participants will camp along the way and stay in churches and YMCAs. Ally will be a part of a thirty-person group that is working to raise money for organizations that promote and accomplish affordable housing. Each participant must raise $4,500; Ally has sent fundraising appeals to friends and family, tabled outside of local grocery stores and utilized social media to raise awareness around her cause.
Ally expects to be “very sore and tired” by the end of this journey but hopes to connect and interact with people who are affected by the housing issue. She is excited to experience the West Coast and traveling over 3,000 miles on her “own two legs.”
Interested in helping Ally accomplish her goal? Visit her fundraising website!
Allison Mercurio, a graduating senior, is also participating in Bike & Build this summer. You can visit her fundraising page and learn more.
Story and photography by Lily Paz y Miño ’16