My name is Madeline Enos, and I am a passionate advocate for affordable housing and sustainable development. I have a personal commitment to working towards social justice, and I am looking forward to volunteering and raising awareness for affordable housing this summer by leading a trip with Bike & Build. I have a goal of raising $4,500 by May 12th, and I need your help! Thank you for considering a donation.
A little bit about me-
My love for public service/community building took hold in my teenage years, while attending the Wilderness Charter School. The curriculum was centered on service learning and sustainability- we went backpacking, helped construct buildings out of cobb and stawbale, and developed permaculture gardens onsite. I had the time of my life, and was inspired to study Community Development at Portland State University. While in PDX, I also fell in love with bike culture, from critical mass rides to the camaraderie of soggy bike commuters in the rain.
After graduating, I got a job with Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA), a non-profit with the goal of helping feed, house, warm and educate the communities of the south coast. My work with ORCCA affirmed that access to safe and affordable housing is not just a nicety, but also a basic human right. I saw firsthand that home-ownership is a cost-prohibitive dream for many families today due to the housing market crash, increased cost of living, and wages that have yet to catch up.
In 2012 I joined the AmeriCorps program and worked at a charter school in Austin called American YouthWorks/Texas Conservation Corps, leading groups of high-school students to do community projects and environmental stewardship. Although the work was physically exhausting (Texas summer heat is not to be trifled with) I learned that with the power of teamwork and some well-timed snack breaks, a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens really can change the world.
In my current position in the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT Austin, I have developed a better understanding of the methods used to examine issues around affordable housing. I am especially inspired by the efforts of students and faculty who address problems of poverty, homelessness, human-environment conflict, pollution, and climate change with creative problem-solving and contagious optimism.
Bike & Build encompasses everything that I love- volunteering, sustainability, teamwork, building, physical challenge, education, and positive social change. I am honored to have the chance to lead a team of peers on this journey, and continue my lifelong commitment to service. Thank you for supporting this important cause, I look forward to sending updates and postcards from the road!
|Madeline has currently raised $4,542.|
That's 101% of her $4,500 fundraising goal.