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Local URI grad to participate in Bike & Build this summer

January 2, 2014

Marah Holland will participate in the Bike & Build program this summer. She needs to raise $4,800 for her trip. Donations can be made through checks made out to Bike & Build” with “Marah Holland” in the memo, sent to Bike & Build, Inc., 6153 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19128.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With the beginning of winter just a few weeks behind, few people have plans for the summer. Fewer still have made plans to cross the country on a bicycle without pause, excepting a few stops to build houses for the less fortunate.

Recent URI Graduate Marah Holland, a South Kingstown native, has already made her summer plans. She hopes to pass up the beaches this year for a cross-country bicycle ride, starting in Providence and ending in San Francisco. Along the way, she will stop at several build sites where she will work with groups like Habitat for Humanity to build homes for those who can’t afford them.

Bike & Build has been sponsoring riders like Holland for ten years and has contributed more than $4 million to housing groups across the United States.

“After college, I wanted to do some type of a service program,” said Holland. “I ended up getting a position in Oregon with Americorps VISTA. While I was there, one of my teammates mentioned Bike & Build. It sounded really interesting.”

At Americorps VISTA, Holland works with non-profits and school districts to develop workplace-wellness programs for their employees.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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