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Manchester volunteer’s 4,000-mile bike trek helps build homes, awareness

Jordan ReddingManchester University Assistant Athletic Trainer Jordan Redding rode her bike across the nation this summer – more than 4,000 miles – to raise money and awareness for affordable housing with a nonprofit organization, Bike & Build.

Along the way, they stopped to help build homes with affordable housing organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together and Youth Build.

Jordan, a 2013 Manchester graduate, rode from Connecticut to California. Along the way, her group stopped in multiple towns and cities to help build homes.

She will speak about her experiences and affordable housing issues in America at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in Cordier Auditorium at the University’s North Manchester campus. Redding, a Fort Wayne resident, will also encourage students to join her in finding a need that speaks to their hearts and then doing something about it.

The program is free and open to the public. It is part of the Values, Ideas and the Arts series at Manchester.

The University is well-known for its record of service, with more than 60,000 volunteer hours logged last year alone by the school with 1,600 students. For the 10th straight year, it has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for “extraordinary and exemplary community service contributions of its students, faculty, and staff in meeting critical community and national needs.”

Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy.  Learn more about what’s available at the private, northern Indiana school at http://admissions.manchester.edu/areas-of-study/.

September 2016