HABITAT 500 BIKE RIDE FOR AFFILIATES
Looking for new ways to raise funds for your affiliate?
Consider the Habitat 500!
Whether you ride or you recruit people from your community
to ride for you, the Habitat 500 can
be a new resource for raising funds.
In 2010, 23 of the 33 Minnesota Habitat
affiliates received funds from the
Habitat 500 ranging from $800 to $53,069!
What is the Habitat 500? Now in its
19th year, the Habitat 500 is a bicycle
ride (not a race) that covers 500
miles over the course of seven
days (an average
of 71 miles per day). Each rider
raises funds from family, friends,
and church groups and designates
the Habitat for Humanity affiliates
wish to support (both locally and
around the world). We limit participation
to 135 riders. Each rider is required
to raise a minimum of $900, but the
average amount raised is nearly $2,600
Each year is a new route; we tour
around the Midwest (mostly Minnesota)
Habitat affiliates, Habitat worksites,
and Habitat homeowners along the
way (in addition to roadside attractions).
Habitat affiliates serve as our local
hosts for overnight stays.
A key component of the ride is to
raise awareness about the need
safe, affordable housing. In this
regard, we are in contact with
all forms of
media to generate coverage and
we find the
ride is a very attractive story
for newspapers, radio, tv, cable,
we bring a lot
of excitement wherever we go.
HFH-MN took over the coordination of
the ride in 2002. Funds raised in
the years since then have consistently
grown from $225,000 to over $335,000.
Since 2002, over $2.5 million has
been raised through the bike ride
with over half of that being distributed
to 32 of the 33 Minnesota Habitat
On average, just 4% of the funds
raised are used to cover the
costs of the
ride, thus $0.96 of each $1.00
raised by the
Habitat 500 goes to support
the mission of Habitat for Humanity.
due to the strong volunteer
of food and other supplies.
Ride costs are all inclusive from
to supplies to rental fees.
and rider registration fees
offset total ride costs and the
covered from funds raised by
To get a taste of this excitement,
see all the details at the
Habitat 500 web
Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota
Office: 2401 Lowry Ave NE #210
Minneapolis, MN 55418