UPDATE: WE DID IT!! We made it across the country! Stay tuned with the vlog, as our final updates are posted at: CycleForChange2019.blogspot.com
I'm excited to announce that on May 2nd, I set off from Bar Harbor, Maine and start pedaling the over 4500 miles to Anacortes, Washington! Completely self-supported, I'll be cycling and camping my way along the great northern US-Canadian border for four months. It's with great enthusiasm that I am dedicating this effort to the incredible organization, YouthCare.
Combatting homelessness means a great deal to me. Everyone deserves the dignity of a warm meal, a safe place to sleep, and support to lean on in a time of need. YouthCare provides exactly that, and much more, for homeless and at-risk individuals aged 12-24. YouthCare is an absolutely invaluable resource in the Seattle community, which was made clearer in my meeting and communicating with the brilliantly selfless folks that work there. Here's an excerpt of their focus:
YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. Founded in 1974, YouthCare was one of the first shelters to serve runaway and homeless youth on the West Coast. Since then, we have expanded to 13 sites serving over 1,200 youth every year. Through a range of services including prevention, shelter, housing, education, and employment training, we ensure that young people experiencing homelessness have the hope, skills, and self-confidence needed to thrive.
The true depth and range of the care provided here to the most vulnerable of our community is nothing short of incredible. A 90%-volunteer-based staff provided 38,000 meals last year, along with GED classes and testing, trade and career training, direct access to healthcare in-center and beyond, certified counselling, and, of course, shelter. There is much to say about this organization, but simply put, private donations are an essential part of ensuring this level of care continues and grows.
For more details, you can find YouthCare's website at: https://youthcare.org
How Can You Help?
Every contribution is meaningful! All funds go directly to YouthCare, and help to maintain the support given there.
If you'd like to make a physical donation, consider purchasing items on YouthCare's behalf from their Amazon wishlist (items are shipped directly to the center): https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/14DGGDB0FFQ4S
Of course, if you live in the Seattle area, you may consider volunteering. You'll find more information on how you can get involved here: https://youthcare.org/ways-to-volunteer/
I will be maintaining a simple, periodically posted blog, so that you can follow along with the progress and tales of my journey. Tune in at: https://cycleforchange2019.blogspot.com/