Ride to Provide Will Benefit Projects and Programs at UMass Amherst’s Hillel House

AMHERST, Mass. – The second annual Ride to Provide, a family friendly bike ride to support community service programs and Earth-friendly projects of Hillel House at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is being held Sunday, Oct. 19.

Beginning at 8 a.m., riders will embark on bike trips through the foliage-lined streets of Amherst, Hadley and Sunderland. Riders doing the 36-mile route sign in at 8 a.m. and leave at 8:30. Riders sign in for the 18-mile route at 9 a.m. and leave at 9:30. Sign-in for the 9-mile loop is 9:30, leaving at 10.

Rest stops and snacks at neighboring Sukkot (traditional harvest dwellings) are part of the itinerary.

Chancellor Robert C. Holub, state Sen. Stan Rosenberg, and state Rep. Ellen Story are scheduled to greet riders as they return around 11:30, according to Rabbi Saul Perlmutter, executive director of Hillel House.

The Ride to Provide will end with a post-ride festival with lunch for the bikers and their families at the UMass Hillel House, 388 North Pleasant St., Amherst.

According to Perlmutter, Ride to Provide brings the community together to celebrate the season and the spirit of both volunteerism and family in a healthy and positive way, while also supporting service projects performed by the students of UMass Hillel. “These students are the future of a more just and healthy world,” he said. “However, they need your help to fund their efforts of Tikkun Olam or “repairing the world.”

Everyone is invited to participate by riding, volunteering or making a tax-deductible contribution to UMass Hillel.