Seattle University student Melissa Ettman cycled to nowhere alongside a Capitol Hill sidewalk last Friday, where she parked her stationary bike to raise money and awareness for affordable housing. Passersby dropped about $150 into cups strapped to her bike handles during the two hours she rode outside a neighborhood pub. The cash will go towards her fundraising goal of $4,000, some of which will be donated to Capitol Hill Housing.
This summer, Ettman will spend 10 weeks cycling across the country (from Maine to California) in hopes of raising more money for affordable housing charities, through the organization Bike and Build. Her pit-stops will be spent building homes with Habitat for Humanity.
“A home doesn’t need to be extravagant, but the comfort of a home cannot be replicated by anything else,” Ettman said. “Such a necessary part of life should not be out of reach for anyone.”
Ettman, a political science major, said SU has made service work “accessible and cool,” by providing a campus culture that encourages students to give back and help others. The university has been nationally recognized for service to the community. Three out of four Seattle University students serve the community through volunteer activities, internships and professional development.
For more information about SU’s community service work, click here to view The Partners for Progress Report.
For more information about Melissa’s bike and fundraising adventures, visit her blog.