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Spring Garden Twp. man biking coast to coast to raise money for Bell Socialization

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Bill Swartz, 51

A Spring Garden Township man is embarking on a journey to ride his bike coast to coast — but it isn't just for admiring pretty sights along the way. 

Bill Swartz is raising money for a York County homeless shelter during his 14-week trip from Stone Harbor, New Jersey, to his final destination: Venice Beach, California. He began the 2,937 mile journey Aug. 16, according to his Facebook page for the adventure.

Money generated during his campaign will go to York City-based Bell Socialization Services. 

Swartz, 51, said he hopes to raise $10,000 before he reaches California. As of Thursday afternoon, he had raised over $5,900.

“Some call me zealous. I own that," Swartz said in a news release. "I’m very passionate, but I know where my heart and values are. And those who know me well know where my values and heart are.”

Bill Swartz is raising money for a York County homeless shelter during his 14-week trip from Stone Harbor, New Jersey, to his final destination: Venice Beach, California.

Bell Socialization, located at 160 S. George St., is a nonprofit organization that serves York County community members through dozens of programs offering housing and basic living support, according to bellsocialization.com

Swartz, who worked at Bell Socialization as a caseworker after graduating from college, said he has a passion for justice and activism.

During his journey, Swartz said he will be sleeping in his tent at campgrounds and state parks and eating freeze-dried food. 

This isn't the first time Swartz has raised money for Bell Socialization. In May, Swartz raised $1,000 for the organization on another bicycle benefit ride, according to a news release.

Donations to his latest campaign can be made at GoFundMe.com.  The campaign page is Coast to Coast: Biking Across America for Homeless.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.