Whitefish Woman Rides to Support Affordable Housing

Katy Branston prepares to ride 900 miles to raise money for nonprofit Bike and Build

By Beacon Staff

Whitefish’s Katy Branston has been living the self-proclaimed “Bike-and-Build” life for years in an effort to raise money for affordable housing.

In August, she’s preparing to pedal 900 miles from Portland, Oregon to Bellingham, Washington as the leader of Bike and Build’s Drift West trip, and before setting out on the journey she’s hoping to raise $2,250.

Branston works for Habitat for Humanity Flathead Valley, but her experience with Bike and Build, a nonprofit organization that has contributed more than $4.5 million to affordable housing groups, combines her two foremost passions – biking while building awareness for the affordable housing cause.

Her trip will include five build days along the way, while other Bike and Build journeys track through Montana with building days in the Flathead Valley.

To donate to Branston directly, visit her rider profile at www.bikeandbuild.org/rider/7759

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