WCHS Eyewitness News Home Charleston Eyewitness Newsroom Charleston Storm Team Weather Sports News TV Program Schedule Community Mobile: Smartphone,Tablet and SMS text Get Connected SMS Text Facebook Twitter See-It,Shoot-It RSS News Feed Email List Tumblr


Group Biking Across Country To Build Homes

Reported by: Send eMail Kera Mashek
Videographer: Shelby Spradling
Reported: Jun. 7, 2014 10:35 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 7, 2014 10:42 PM EDT
EYEWITNESS NEWS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO

Bike And Build
Eyewitness News Photo

Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A non-profit group is bicycling from coast to coast this summer on a mission to improve communities. As they pedal, the cyclists make stops in different cities to work with local organizations aim to create more affordable housing, and this year, a Charleston native is along for the ride.

The Kanawha-Putnam chapter of Habitat for Humanity is currently building a home for a family in north Charleston. Volunteers are what make these home builds possible, with more than 400 workers pitching in every year.

"We're helping people who have a need for housing and putting them into a decent home, and it's a great team-building experience," said Bill Andreas with Kanawha-Putnam Habitat for Humanity.

That's exactly why volunteers with the group "Bike and Build" are spending time helping organizations like habitat across the country this summer.

"33 people in spandex riding cross-country, I think says something. And the fact that everyone here is willing to dedicate their summers and esentially physically push themselves across mountains, through rain, and coast to coast," said Jay Epelman, a volunteer from New York.

They started biking from Virginia Beach last month and pedaled their way into Charleston Saturday. Among the volunteers is a WVU student and capital city native.

"I graduate in December, so this is pretty much my last summer to get involved in it, and I just knew that I had to do it," said Emily Sokoloski, volunteer from Charleston.

These volunteers hope as they ride and build, they raise critical awareness about the need for quality, affordable housing everywhere...

"The affordable housing cause is such a widespread problem. It affects every single country, which means it affects every single person in the country," said Epelman.

"It's a great cause and something that really ...everyone needs a home," said Sokoloski.

Habitat is glad for the volunteers' help to give one family the house they need and will earn, through volunteering time at this and other Habitat build sites. When construction is complete, that family will get a no-interest loan, helping them secure a better future with a safe, affordable place to call home.

Every volunteer with the "Bike and Build" group raises at least $4500 for the trip. After leaving West Virginia, they will continue their journey toward the west coast, ending up in Oregon on August 8th.



MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
Autopsy Backlog Affecting Police Work
News
Jul. 24, 2014 11:37 PM EDT
A backlog of autopsy reports at the State Medical Examiner's ...
Full News Story and Video

Huntington Council Votes To Hire New Police Officers
News
Jul. 24, 2014 11:28 PM EDT
Major changes could be coming to the Huntington Police ...
Full News Story and Video

Library Levy Headed Back To Ballot
News
Jul. 24, 2014 11:22 PM EDT
The Kanawha County Public Library levy will get another ...
Full News Story and Video


News Kanawha Commission Files Petition To Remove Plants From Office
Jul. 24, 2014 11:18 PM EDT
News St. Albans Team Heading To Regionals
Jul. 24, 2014 10:54 PM EDT
News Vigil Held For Gaza Peace; Group Opposes Israeli Policy
Jul. 24, 2014 11:17 PM EDT
News Picnic With The Saints Set For This Weekend At The Greenbrier
Jul. 24, 2014 11:34 PM EDT
News Man Who Shot At Police Sentenced To 35 Years
Jul. 24, 2014 6:30 PM EDT
News Man Arrested For Indecent Exposure Has Ties To Local Youth Sports
Jul. 24, 2014 8:35 PM EDT
News Unhappy "Dirty Girls" File Reports With Wisconsin Better Business Bureau
Jul. 24, 2014 8:46 PM EDT
News Three Face Charges After Woman Claims She Was Robbed With Sawed-Off Shotgun
Jul. 24, 2014 6:32 PM EDT
News Woman Charged With Robbery Headed To Grand Jury
Jul. 24, 2014 8:52 PM EDT
News Kenova Police Implement Drug Task Force
Jul. 24, 2014 8:57 PM EDT
News UAW Backs Grimes In Ky. U.S. Senate Race
Jul. 24, 2014 4:56 PM EDT
News Blenko To Host Festival Of Glass Aug. 1-2
Jul. 24, 2014 4:44 PM EDT
News Salvation Army Hosts Luncheon For Volunteers
Jul. 24, 2014 4:28 PM EDT
News One Worker Killed, Two Injured In Suburban Philadelphia Hospital Shooting
Jul. 24, 2014 5:14 PM EDT
News Walkers Welcome At Charleston Distance Run
Jul. 24, 2014 4:02 PM EDT
News WV Hot Dog Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Jul. 24, 2014 4:09 PM EDT
News Casey, Mooney Talk Business Policy At Forum
Jul. 24, 2014 7:04 PM EDT
News Suspect In West Side Murder Waives Preliminary Hearing
Jul. 24, 2014 6:50 PM EDT
News U.S. Issues 186 Mining Citations In June
Jul. 24, 2014 3:13 PM EDT
News Deputies Say Juvenile B&E Suspects Arrested Clad In Their Underwear
Jul. 24, 2014 3:30 PM EDT
News Wisconsin Better Business Bureau Issues Warning About Dirty Girl Run
Jul. 24, 2014 3:07 PM EDT
News Free Basketball Camp Concludes At Community Center
Jul. 24, 2014 1:53 PM EDT
News WV Capitol Police Officer Kills Copperhead On Capitol Grounds
Jul. 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT
News MU To Paint The Capital City Green
Jul. 24, 2014 12:32 PM EDT
News New Work Requirement Coming For Healthy People Who Receive Food Stamps
Jul. 24, 2014 1:02 PM EDT
News WV Organizations To Push For Anti-Cancer Vaccines
Jul. 24, 2014 10:49 AM EDT
News Huntington Unveils New Engaging Website For Citizens
Jul. 24, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
News Ukrainian Prime Minister Resigns
Jul. 24, 2014 11:54 AM EDT
News France's Foreign Minister Says Missing Air Algerie Flight "Probably Crashed"
Jul. 24, 2014 11:02 AM EDT
News More Than 8,000 WV Consumers Receiving Refunds
Jul. 24, 2014 10:46 AM EDT


Advertise on WCHS-TV Online

West Virginia News
US issues 186 mining citations in June

The Mine Safety and Health Administration says inspectors issued 186 citations at 13 U.S. mining operations in June.
Full Story

Kentucky News
Guilty pleas entered in cockfighting operation

An eastern Kentucky father and son have pleaded guilty to participating in an enterprise that authorities believe was one of the largest cockfighting pits in the country.
Full Story

Ohio News
More tests planned after Ohio concertgoer's death

A coroner's office say further tests and investigation are needed to determine what caused the death of an Ohio concertgoer found at a Lorain County landfill.
Full Story







Fugitive Files Tuesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

West Virginia Wildlife Wednesdays at 6 PM on Eyewitness News

ABC News web site







Send Mail Send email to news@wchstv.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2014, WCHS-TV8. Portions are Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.

WCHS ABC 8 provides local news, weather forecasts, traffic updates, notices of events and items of interest in the community, sports and entertainment programming for Charleston and nearby towns and communities in the Tri-State area, including Huntington, Dunbar, Marmet, Montgomery, Nitro, South Charleston, St. Albans, Cedar Grove, Chesapeake, Clendenin, East Bank, Glasgow, Pratt, Cross Lanes, Elkview, Pinch, Sissonville, Big Chimney, Cabin Creek, Chelyan, Davis Creek, Institute, Jefferson, Loudendale, Mink Shoals, Pocatalico, Quick, Quincy, Rand, Buffalo, Eleanor, Hurricane, Nitro, Poca, Winfield, Culloden, Fraziers Bottom, Hometown, Red House, Scott Depot, Teays Valley, Danville, Madison, Hamlin, Logan, Chapmanville, Man, Delbarton, Kermit, Gilbert, Matewan, Williamson, Summersville, Richwood, Flatwoods, Gassaway, Sutton, Spencer, Ravenswood, Ripley, Mason, Point Pleasant, Ashland, Pikeville, Ironton, Portsmouth, Gallipolis, and Athens.