Hey everyone! My name is Sarah and I recently graduated from UNC Chapel Hill this past Spring of 2015 with a degree in studio art and psychology, and I love Bike & Build!! This past summer I did the inaugural Drift West '15 trip and the experience was better than I could have imagined and hugely formative. I quickly resolved to take on a cross-country Bike & Build trip!
Since entering the "real world" after college, I've been working as a medical assistant and at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS). I love people and I love the natural world, so I'm excited to have the opportunity to do both! Given these loves, I absolutely adore situations where these intersect, as with Bike & Build! In addition, my love for the natural world often manifests in my art in the form of photography, printmaking, painting, and taxidermy (with which I make myself useful at NCMNS). My creative endeavors have also led me to explore guitar, ukulele, and more recently, the banjo! I also enjoy hiking, rock climbing, bird watching, and biking (surprise)! I love that these activities are more than just a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get active; they are also an amazing way to bring people together and form deep connections with others. This element of personal connection is something that I find so exciting about Bike & Build (both with fellow riders and with community members).
I love that Bike & Build is so much more than just biking; it is about challenging ourselves to empower others for the greater good, inspiring our generation for a life of service.* I'm especially excited that this trip benefits the affordable housing cause. In fact, I'm honored to have recently been able to help raise funds for our local Habitat for Humanity by donating some of my artwork to the annual Mixed Concrete Art Show in Chapel Hill! As a resident of Chapel Hill, the crisis of affordable housing is very real. In Chapel Hill, housing is becoming too expensive for nearly everyone but students and the wealthy. According to federal guidelines, households should not spend more than 30% of their annual income on housing costs. However, 26.1% of Chapel Hill homeowners and 56.1% of Chapel Hill renters are spending more than 30% of their annual income on housing (American Community Survey, 2013). Unfortunately, this problem is not unique to Chapel Hill.
I'm so excited for this opportunity to come together for affordable housing and to bike across this beautiful country with some amazing people!! LET'S DO THIS THING!
*(The Official Drift West '15 Haiku) - To challenge yourself / Is to empower others/ For the greater good
|Sarah has currently raised $6,039.|
That's 134% of her $4,500 fundraising goal.