Bike and Build visits Valley

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) — More than two dozen young adults are riding their bikes from Providence, R.I. to Seattle, Wash. as part of the non-profit organization Bike and Build.

The 28 members stopped in the Valley on Monday as part of their 70-day nationwide trek. Bike and Build is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young adults while also championing affordable housing.

On Monday, the group was helping out Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County at its Struthers location, where they are working on framing and insulating walls, and building a fenced-in area to store construction material. They will return to the Struthers site on Tuesday to complete their work.

On their way out of town Wednesday, the group will stop at the Habitat Veteran’s Build on New Road in Austintown.

It is a lot of work, but Youngstown is only the beginning of their journey.

“We are actually going to be doing this the whole summer. We started in Providence and our final destination is Seattle. The whole trip will take about 70 days with 10 or so build days mixed in throughout,” said Jim Appleton of Bike and Build.

This is the fourth year the group has stopped in Youngstown.

Last year, Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County received a $7,500 grant from Bike and Build to help improve job site safety and increase opportunities for teens and young adults on housing projects.

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