During the fundraiser, I was truly energized by how much I felt that the community was being engaged. I think it was a perfect example of how local businesses can partner with non-profit agencies to affect change in society. Conversations between customers and myself created a discourse about the needs of our community. Many people were excited to know that Bike & Build was directly impacting the Pikes Peak Region when I told them my route will stop and help to build a house here. I also had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly Sherwood of Third Sector Group of Colorado Springs (TSG). TSG offers strategic consultations to non-profit organizations. Kimberly is an avid cyclist who commutes by bike to all of her meetings. She kindly shared Bike & Build's cause with her Facebook audience in the spirit of collaborative non-profit work.
The past few weeks have influenced me to reflect on why I choose to be so involved in non-profit work. Its a beautiful experience to see my efforts having a positive impact on society as a whole. I'm not motivated by profits or competition. Instead, I have the luxury of being motivated by positive change. I am feeling inspired and I'm excited to channel this energy in making a significant impact on the affordable housing issue this summer.