Forest Park Grad Combines Love Of Cycling & ‘Spirit Of Leadership’

PelzelHouston, TX (NNDC) – 2014 Forest Park High School graduate Madeleine Pelzel is currently fundraising and training towards a service-oriented bicycle tour that build houses for deserving families.  It’s called ‘Bike and Build.’

‘Bike and Build’ is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that coordinates service-oriented cycling trips that benefit affordable housing organizations and empower young adults through civic leadership.

Pelzel says, “I’ll be going on the Coastal Drift trip this summer. With build days in island towns like Nantucket and major metropolises Portland and New York City, riders on this trip will traverse both urban and rural landscapes and experience the affordable housing issue that parallels the varied terrain.”

As part of the trip, Pelzel is raising $2,400 for the nonprofit group that organized the 841-mile ride.

None of the money raised will be used for expenses for the riders like Pelzel.

Pelzel says organizations like the YMCA and churches are offering lodging along the route.

Pelzel became an enthusiast of long-distance cycling after high school.  At Rice, she is combining her love of cycling with a spirit of leadership and service that was ingrained in her in Ferdinand at Forest Park High School.

Pelzel founded Rice’s first philanthropic cycling team–a group that goes on long rides in order to fund raise for causes like the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

In January of 2016, Pelzel became the General Manager of Rice Bikes (a student run business), with the hope of making a significant contribution to the community.

Pelzel says, “I feel compelled to spend a portion of my time doing service, and I wanted to be able to physically help families in a way that used the skills I was learning in school. In preparation, I’m volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Houston, and have been learning about the different facets of affordable housing in the United States. My mission is to spread this information and change the lives of undeserved families and children.

CLICK HERE for more information about Pelzel and this summer’s ride.

Pelzel is currently studying Architecture at Rice.  She is the daughter of Morris and Pamela Pelzel, formerly of Ferdinand.


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