Seattle U Student Pedals for Bucks

2011-04-06

WHAT: Seattle University student Melissa Ettman will be cycling to nowhere this Friday, as she parks her stationary bike on a Capitol Hill sidewalk and rides to raise money and awareness for affordable housing.   

She’ll pedal and panhandle in an attempt to reach her $4,000 fundraising goal. Part of the proceeds 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.  

WHEN: Friday, April 8, 2011 
           9-10:30 p.m.  

WHERE: East Pike and 10th Avenue (Outside Quinn’s Pub, 1001 Pike St., Seattle)  

For more information about SU’s community service work, visit: 
http://www.seattleu.edu/uploadedfiles/gca/su_benefitstocommunityreport.pdf 

For more information about Melissa’s bike and fundraising adventures, visit: 
http://melissarettman.blogspot.com/