Rider Activities

Ways to Engage in 2021

Monthly Themes

  • June: 30 Days of Habitat: Habitat for Humanity and Homeownership

Join the June Habitat 500 challenge to get better connected with why you Ride: Habitat for Humanity! During the month of June, connect with Habitat in at least 5 ways to be entered in a prize drawing! Email habitat500@hfhmn.org with your list of connections by July 2, 2021 to be entered in the drawing.

    • What kind of connections? Sign up to make lunch for or volunteer on a build site for your local Habitat. Volunteer at your local ReStore. Share a Habitat 500 post or your local Habitat’s post on social media. Create your own post about why you’re riding for affordable homeownership. Use our new Facebook frame. Donate items to your local ReStore. Share why home is important to you on social media or in our Facebook or Strava groups. Take action with your local senator or representative by asking them to support homeownership. Share our Teams recruitment blog. Other ideas? Great! Make this challenge your own!

Join our June 15 event for an extra entry into our June drawing!

Past

  • April: 30 Days of Biking!

The Habitat 500 is partnering with 30 Days of Biking to encourage cycling and fundraising in April. Join cyclists from across the world in pledging to ride thirty days in April! Get on your bike, and keep in touch with cyclists all over the world through social media.

Take the pledge here! Whether you’re signed up or not, take this as your April challenge to get your bike out or hop on a stationary bike!
Biking Challenge

During the month of April, how many days can you bike 5 or more miles? 5 days? 15 days? All 30 days?

Join the April Habitat 500 Bike @ Home challenge and bike at least 5 miles for as many days as you can in April! Track your miles via StravaMapMyRideor another tool. If you bike at least 5 miles on at least 10 days in Aprilemail habitat500@hfhmn.org to be entered in a drawing for Habitat 500 merch!

  • May: 31 Days of Fundraising

May’s theme is fundraising. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a brand-new fundraiser, we’re here to support you as you raise funds this month (and all season!). Now is the time to share your fundraising page on social media, send letters or emails, or talk to past donors about your 2021 fundraising!

Fundraising Challenge
During the month of May, how many donations of $5 or more can you collect? 5? 10? More?

Join the May Habitat 500 Bike @ Home challenge and collect at least $5 in donations in May! Track donations automatically on OneCause, entering checks or cash as you receive them. If you collect at least $5 in donations from at least 10 individuals or business in May, email habitat500@hfhmn.org to be entered in a drawing for Habitat 500 merch!

July 10-17 Week’s Program Topics

    • Saturday, July 10: Kickoff/Welcome, structure for the week, safety information
    • Sunday: Anniversaries—celebrating 10 years with the Habitat 500
    • Monday: Anniversaries—celebrating 15 or 20 years with the Habitat 500
    • Tuesday: Bike.home homeowner story and group photo (wear your 2021 T-Shirt, arriving soon in your rider packet)
    • Wednesday: Follies—the Habitat 500 variety show
    • Thursday: Anniversaries—celebrating 25 years with the Habitat 500
    • Friday: 2021 Slideshow—be sure to submit your rider photo to brianna@hfhmn.org by July 13
    • Saturday, July 17: “Finish line” celebration at 12PM—note the time change

Events

June Event: Tuesday, June 15, 7:00—7:30PM CST: I hope you’ll join us for our third virtual event of 2021 (next week)! We’ll kick off with a Habitat homeowner story and then spend some time getting to know Habitat for Humanity and the Ride a bit better with TRIVIA! No prior Habitat knowledge needed…and the winner gets cookies from Cookie Cart! See invite information below or click here to join on the 15th.

Find the June Trivia Questions here.

Topic: Habitat 500 Virtual Event III

Time: Jun 15, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

July 10 – 17: A full week of virtual events and activities. Details to come.

May 26 Event: Thanks to all who joined the second event of the year!

Recap & Resources:

April 25: Thanks to all who joined us for the Habitat 500’s first virtual event of the year!

Recap & Resources:

Our event kicked off with a brief overview of the 2021 Ride and a Habitat homeowner story. Then, our route-planning committee shared tips and tools for planning your own routes this year. We finished with breakout rooms on different topics.

Route-Planning Tips & Tools Slide Deck

Route-Planning Tips & Tools Recording (below)

Bingo Cards

Download the bingo card here:

We’ll ask throughout the end of the week at our programs who’s been able to get a bingo or, better yet, a blackout (all squares covered)! A blackout bingo will get you entered into a drawing for bike merch!

Roadside Attractions

A virtual bike ride has all of our riders exploring new routes! Need some fresh ideas on where to go? Try finding one of these roadside attractions in your state or a neighboring one!

Find your state below

Hammy the Hammer

Sometimes we all need a riding buddy: meet Hammy!

In a typical year, our hammer friend is busy traveling around to different Minnesota build sites, but this year he’s tagging along for the Ride! He’s being sent out to all of the Habitat 500 Riders in their ride packets to explore the world. Lose your copy of Hammy? Get another one here!

Organizing a group ride? Let us know and we can share your contact information with others in your area.

Please note—there are no “official” Habitat 500 rides or in-person events this year. All rides, in groups or solo, are at the discretion of each individual. We ask you to follow all state and local health guidelines for cycling and group activities.