Hello, I am Taylor Burdge, an 18-year old Tampa, FL native who will be heading off to college in the fall, and I am ready for an adventure that will challenge me physically, mentally, and emotionally in a way I have never experienced before. I love the outdoors and anything that keeps me active. I am also a rower and my greatest athletic accomplishment was winning the woman’s single scull at the 2011 Youth National Championships. I train hard for rowing (an average of 20 hours a week) and supplement my regimen with biking since it provides excellent cardio vascular exercise, strengthens my legs, and allows me to be outside. In addition to athletics, community service has always been a part of my life – I volunteer during the summer at the Mystic Seaport and Maritime Museum in Mystic, CT, and I tutor at a grade D elementary school. This fall, I will be a freshman at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA where I will be on their woman’s rowing team. Bike & Build will combine my love for adventures, my passion for exercise, and my commitment to volunteerism to create an ideal summer experience.
I have been fortunate to grow up in a loving family and with a roof over my head; however, living in Florida, a state heavily dependent on the service and agriculture industries, a large portion of the population lives at or below the poverty level. These hard-working people struggle to provide their families with a secure home, and affordable housing would provide the assistance they need. Although I do not have prior experience with housing groups, I plan to use Bike & Build as a spring-board for my growing knowledge and awareness of this national issue. As I raise my $4,500, not only will I undergo the challenge of rallying the support of my community, but along the way, I will also be spreading information about the necessity of affordable housing.
On the ‘Build Days’ during the trip, I will be able to utilize the construction skills I have learned growing up. As the child of “serial renovators” I have been subjected to many remodeling projects and have become quite comfortable in a hard hat zone. My past two summers were spent running my own “handy woman” business where I spent many hours tearing down sheetrock, painting walls, scrubbing barnacles off of boats, and cleaning gutters. Sweat equity is something I actually take pride in, and I love the feeling of grinding out hours in the hot sun working towards a goal.
What I appreciate most about Bike & Build is that it allows me to directly impact my own country. Everyone should be able to grow up with a safe and secure place to call home, and through Bike & Build I will be part of a movement that is working towards accomplishing this goal.
Thank you so much to all of my friends for your support!
|Taylor has currently raised $12,145.|
That's 270% of her $4,500 fundraising goal.