Lasallian Volunteers photo
Lasallian Volunteer cyclists get ready to ride after touring the Blanchet House in Portland.
Lasallian Volunteers photo
Lasallian Volunteer cyclists get ready to ride after touring the Blanchet House in Portland.
In an effort to raise awareness of poverty in America, volunteers linked to the De La Salle Christian Brothers set out from Warrenton on the Oregon coast last month on a 3,400 mile bicycle journey through 13 states to New Jersey.

They dipped rear tires in the Pacific and received a blessing from Brother Ed Phelan, the one graybeard on the trek.

Lasallian Volunteers serve low-income people in cities throughout the nation. Proceeds from those who sponsor the riders will help fund work of the volunteers, who serve in schools like De La Salle North Catholic High and work at social service agencies.

De La Salle North was a staging area for ride preparation. The start coincided with a retreat of students from Lasallian schools in California, Oregon and Washington. Riders paid a visit to Blanchet House, a venerable Catholic food ministry in downtown Portland. 

While the cross-country ride raises awareness and funds for Lasallian Volunteers, it also aims to highlight poverty in America and to encourage people nationwide to connect with their communities through service.

The riders are verse in the facts of U.S. poverty: One in five of poor people in the U.S. is a child. Families need an average income of $44,000 to cover basic expenses. Based on that, 42 percent of children live in low-income families.

“Supporting Lasallian Volunteers financially is just one way to get involved in ending the cycle of poverty,” said Mari Anzicek, development director of Lasallian Volunteers and one of the riders who will make the entire trek. “Although raising money to continue our work with underserved students is vital, we also hope to inspire people we meet along our route to use their talents and interests to help those in need. Hours of volunteering add up and create change.”

To date, the ride has raised about $66,000 of its $100,000 goal. To donate, go to www.lvsride.com.