Bike & Build - Sarah Grimes

Sarah Grimes

Prov. to Seattle 2013
Miles: 3914 / 3914       Days: 70 / 70       Build Days: 8       Rest Days: 4       Location:  Route is over    


"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world." -Grant Peterson

Hi everyone! My name is Sarah Grimes and I’m a 24-year-old NYC transplant and (ridiculously) enthusiastic new cyclist!

I graduated from Gordon College on the North Shore of Boston in 2010, where I studied Sociology and spent the rest of my time on the softball field and working for La Vida, the school’s Wilderness Education program. I had the incredible opportunity to lead backpacking trips for college students through New York’s Adirondack region during the summer of 2008. This helped to grow my love for the outdoors and opened my eyes to the amazing dynamic that can develop when a group of willing people works together to complete a challenge!

I moved to New York in 2011 to attend the New School for Social Research for my MA in Psychology. A few months into the program, I got an internship doing mental health and substance abuse counseling at the LGBT Community Center, where I quickly learned about Cycle for the Cause, the Northeast AIDS charity ride from Boston to New York! Though I had never biked more than a few miles at a time (on a tiny, purple Huffy, no less) and the idea of cycling 300 miles in 3 days was terrifying, I was compelled by the idea of combining my love of the outdoors, physical activity, and working towards positive social change. I completed Cycle for the Cause in September and can truly say it was one of the most fulfilling, hilarious, and wonderful experiences of my life. Since then, I've taken to cycling almost everywhere and find it an amazing liberation from the congestion of the city.

Friends in New York who are Bike & Build alums recently encouraged me to sign up for a cross-country trip, and I realized how perfectly up my alley it would be. Not only will I be able to see sights I’ve never seen before in this country, but more importantly, I’ll be using my body to tangibly foster the cause of affordable housing. As someone who sees homeless and impoverished clients on a daily basis, I am constantly thinking of ways in which I can help them improve their lives. But there's only so much a person can do from behind a desk, which sometimes feels limiting. With Bike & Build, I am beyond excited to take a more hands-on approach to the goal of making sure every American has a decent roof over their heads. A home is, after all, the basis from which we operate, and the quality of one's home determines one's ability to flourish in the world.




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Sarah has currently raised $4,850.
That's 108% of her $4,500 fundraising goal.
Prov. to Seattle's Affordable Housing impact:
Jun 12 - Providence, RI
Jun 20 - Groton, NY
Jun 27 - Youngstown, OH
Jul 2 - Dayton, OH
Jul 15 - Carroll, IA
Jul 26 - Casper, WY
Aug 7 - Missoula, MT
Aug 11 - Coeur d Alene, ID