NH Staffer to Pedal 2,000 miles to raise funds for Portsmouth homeless shelter
Check in for Charity | July 2, 2014 |Posted by Fred Greenhalgh
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Chris Pamboukes is emblematic of ReVision’s staff – he’s deeply passionate about the outdoors, solar, and helping the local community. All three will combine this July as he and friend Josh Andrews embark on a 2,000 mile bike tour – Vancouver, BC to San Diego, CA – to raise funds to solarize the Cross Roads House, a homeless shelter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The project is called Pedal for Power, and Pamboukes and Andrews’ mission is to raise $50,000 for a 16kw solar electric project (installed at cost by ReVision Energy) which would save the shelter approximately $3,000 every year of its 35+ year lifetime, while simultaneously greatly reducing the shelter’s carbon footprint.
“Pedal for power was born out of an idea to share the idea of our epic coastal cycle trip with our community,” says Pamboukes, “Josh and I both love solar, and wanted to give something back, so we came up with the idea of helping Cross Roads House. Cross Roads serves the underserved in the Seacoast area. Last year alone they served 386 people including 26 families and 51 children.”
Located on Route 1 in Portsmouth, the Cross Roads House is a emergency transitional shelter granting people without a place to call home a moment of respite as they try to get back on their feet. In the last 31 years of service, Cross Roads has provided an estimated 500,000 sheltered nights to over 5,000 different individuals and over 500 families. Other services include breakfast and dinner 365 days a year, computer and phone access, shower and laundry facilities, job search and vocational training, mental health services, substance abuse counseling, and much more.
ReVision Commits to the Mission
To help further push off Pamboukes’ pedaling, ReVision Energy has committed a matching grant of $2,000 for donations driven in through our newsletter, website, Facebook, or blog. VisitPedalForPower.com and follow the ‘donate per mile’ link to make a secure donation to Cross Roads House/Pedal for Power.
Livening Up the Seacoast
While traveling, Pamboukes and Andrews plan on offering a daily travelogue of their adventures and raising more funds. In the meantime, they have some great events planned in the Seacoast Area! On June 14th they’ll have a booth at Market Square Day in Portsmouth where you’ll be able to find them training on their stationary bikes. On June 25th they’ll be the beneficiaries of a fundraising concert at The Thirsty Moose Tap House in downtown Portsmouth, and the recipients of proceeds from a night of Cosmic Bowling at Bowl-O-Rama in Portsmouth on June 29th.
More details on their events at:http://www.pedalforpower.com/?page_id=478.
Also be sure to follow the Pedal for Power adventures on Facebook, found at:https://www.facebook.com/pedalforpower.