Dexter Horne ’16 and Nicolas Montejos ’16 to bike across America for service
February 28, 2013 By Elizabeth Trollinger
participating in Bike and Build this summer, bicycling over
4,000 miles to raise money and awareness for affordable
Although it is still several months away, some Centre students are already looking forward to summer break—though not for the reasons that may immediately come to mind. Dexter Horne ’16 and Nicolas Montejos ’16 have big plans that include biking 4,178 miles across America for an important cause.
Horne and Montejos will be participating in the Bike and Build Program, which organizes several cross-country bicycle trips annually in the name of affordable housing.
“This summer, Dexter and I will be cycling from Providence, R.I., to San Francisco in order to raise money for affordable housing,” Montejos says.
“We have taken on the task of raising $4,500 each for affordable housing organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and NeighborWorks,” says Horne. “During this journey we will travel through 13 states averaging 75 miles a day as we continue to raise money and awareness for the affordable housing cause. On top of this, we will spend several ‘rest’ days volunteering at actual build sites literally building homes and aiding lives.”
Both Bonner Scholars, Horne and Montejos learned about the Bike and Build program through others who had participated in years past.
“As a Bonner Scholar, I am required to complete two summers of service during my involvement in the program. It was during a meeting in which we heard the stories of others who have already completed a summer of service that I became aware of this opportunity,” says Horne. “Our AmeriCorps representative, Kelsey McComas, gave a presentation explaining her experience and opinions from her Bike and Build adventure and I was immediately sold. She is my inspiration to pedal for affordable housing.”
Horne and Montejos are looking forward to the discoveries they’ll make through the Bike and Build program—and to bringing those discoveries back to campus.
“I am most excited about seeing the Western United States and hopefully filming some of it,” Montejos says.
“The aspect of this trip I think I’m most excited about is the wisdom and experience that I will return to Centre with next fall,” says Horne. “After committing every second of my life to service and physical training for two months, after travelling across the entire nation on a bike while I’m 19 years old, and after seeing for myself the faces of poverty and working to change the conditions of hundreds of people, I believe I will have a decent piece of insight to share with future Bonners and members of this Centre community alike. That is what I’m looking forward to the most.”
The steps to help Horne and Montejos reach their goals of raising $4,500 each for their Bike and Build trip are simple.
“Anyone can help by going to bikeandbuild.org,” says Montejos.
For Horne’s Bike and Build page, click here. For Montejos’, click here. On their pages, click the ‘Donate’ button next to their biographies to give to their projects. Checks are also accepted, payable to Bike and Build with Horne’s or Montejos’ names on the memo line.
“Any aid people are willing to give will go a long way for us,” says Horne.
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