This summer I will be spending two weeks cycling over 500 miles from Richmond, Va. to Philadelphia, Pa. to support the affordable housing cause. En-route I will be dedicating four days to working on construction sites with Habitat for Humanity affiliates and Rebuilding Together Philadelphia to build affordable homes. My humanitarian adventure is called the Capital Ride, and it is organized through Bike and Build.

Bike and Build is a nonprofit organization that coordinates service-oriented cycling trips to benefit affordable housing and to empower young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement.

What is the affordable housing cause?

Affordable housing is a serious issue both globally and locally. In the United States alone,

95 million people have housing problems that include affordability, overcrowding, poor housing quality, and homelessness.

Why support the affordable housing efforts?

When you help to build a house, you also help to build a home. A house can give a family stability and a sense of dignity and pride. Additionally, health, safety, and security can improve and educational and job prospects can increase. I have a close friend who has benefited from affordable housing in Portland. As a teenager he was homeless. When he moved into affordable housing, he was provided the stability he needed to rebuild his life. Now he works as a caregiver, and he maintains a bright outlook on life.

It is for rebuilding lives and providing others with the chance to have a house and a home that I dedicate myself to raising funds and awareness for the affordable housing cause. My goal is to fundraise at least $1,700 for Bike and Build. Please refer to the enclosed brochure for more information on how the funds will be distributed. You can also visit its website at

Please support my efforts to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing by making a tax-deductible contribution online (preferred) at and selecting my name from the list: Liu, Mitzi (CR). To contribute using a check, please make the check out to Bike and Build, remember to include my name in the memo line, and enclose the tear-off contribution form attached to the enclosed brochure.

Thank you in advance for your support! You can follow me and my fellow riders on the Capital Ride by going to Check out the 'Riders' page and you can also view each of our profiles. Enjoy the blog entries and photos while knowing you are supporting us in making a difference!

Mitzi Liu graduated in 2006 from Lake Oswego High School and in 2010 from University of Oregon. She will be moving to Boston to start dental school later this spring.

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