GENERAL

We’re a community development organization giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn a house by serving their community.

Currently, we work in Mexico, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

This is possible because of the 1FUND. Funded separately by a committed group of individuals, churches, foundations, companies, and through trip fees, the 1FUND covers U.S. operating costs. This support paves the way for us to expand our work while remaining committed to our 100% model.

Our founder’s name is Jason. You can read his story here.

Because poverty affects all aspects of people’s lives. Any isolated attempt to fight poverty – even something as crucial as providing safe, secure housing – would be like putting a band-aid on a broken arm. Our model catalyzes long-term development by inviting community members to be active participants, not passive recipients.

We use locally available materials, so houses look different in each community. Some communities are prone to earthquakes and landslides, while others experience severe heat and wind. We rely on the local communities to construct houses that make sense in their specific areas.

A typical house costs between $6,000 and $9,000. This range accounts for the fact that each community is different, with each requiring its own design and building process.

Yes! We run trips to Mexico, El Salvador, and Nicaragua throughout the year and encourage people to come with us. Check out where we’re headed next.

Absolutely. Head to the 1MISSION store to see all the merch we have in stock.

A great place to start is right here at 1MISSION.org. If you are still looking for more, we encourage you to check out our social media channels or contact us at any time.

Our address is 1 N. 1st St #612 Phoenix, AZ 85004. Feel free to send us a friendly card or stop in and say hi!


FUNDRAISING

Launch a fundraising campaign here, choose what type of campaign you want, and we’ll guide you through the process from there.

Absolutely! Each campaigner is assigned a Campaign Specialist who will be a constant resource during your fundraising campaign. They will also send reminders during your campaign, so be sure to check your email!

We keep fundraising campaigns open even after your birthday just in case late or last-minute donations come through!

We want to send the money you’ve raised to the field as soon as possible. Once your fundraising campaign is closed, your money can be put to good use throughout Mexico, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Remember: you can always start a new fundraising campaign!

Of course! All you need to do is email us at info@1mission.org. If you’re under 18, we’ll need to set up a meeting with your parent or guardian to discuss that possibility.

At this time, unfortunately not. We choose which country your funds are tied to based on current need and readiness of housing applicants.

Check out our fundraising campaign resources page. Personal messages to friends and family typically work the best. Don’t be afraid to ask people more than once, since it usually takes at least three times for someone to respond.

Once your fundraising campaign closes, we’ll report back to you within 6-12 months so you can see how every dollar was spent. We will also send this report to any donor that provided an email address with their online donation.

For sure. 1MISSION is a registered 501(c)3.

No problem. Have that person make out the check to 1MISSION, write your fundraising campaign name in the memo, and send it to us at 1 N. 1st St. #612 Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Simply total up the amount and either send it in with your name and fundraising campaign on a note to 1MISSION (mail it to 1 N 1st St #612 Phoenix, AZ 85004) or have your parent/guardian donate online in the amount raised.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to issue tax receipts to third-party donors. Only donations made directly to 1MISSION are tax-deductible.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to issue tax receipts to third-party donors. Only donations made directly to 1MISSION are tax-deductible.


BIKES FIGHT POVERTY RIDE

1MISSION’s Annual Bikes Fight Poverty Event is held every February. The 2018 ride will take place on February 10th & 11th. Check our social channels or subscribe to our eNews for event updates.

Yes, there is a fundraising minimum of $500.

The goal of Bikes Fight Poverty is to raise as much money as possible to help end poverty. Sure, more people would probably get involved if there was a lower fundraising minimum but Bikes Fight Poverty is organized so that a manageable number of riders can participate while simultaneously raising a good amount of money for 1MISSION.

All of the money raised from 1MISSION’s Bikes Fight Poverty event goes to 1MISSION. 1MISSION is a community development organization giving people in poverty the opportunity to earn a home by serving their community. 100% of Bikes Fight Poverty funds go directly to funding homes for families around the world.

Through the registration process, you’ll launch a Bikes Fight Poverty Campaign through my.1MISSION.org. This tool helps us help you. You can check out our fundraising tips here.

No problem. Have that person make out the check to 1MISSION, write your campaign name in the memo, and send it to us at 1 N. 1st St. #612 Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Simply total up the amount and either send it in with your name and campaign on a note to 1MISSION (mail it to 1 N 1st St #612 Phoenix, AZ 85004) or have your parent/guardian donate online in the amount raised.

No, the registration fee is not tax-deductible.

Yes. You must be at least 15 to ride 1MISSION’s Bikes Fight Poverty. Those that are under the age of 18 at the time of the ride must be accompanied by a parent or designated guardian during the entire ride. This means the parent must be a registered rider.

You can ride any bike as long as it has brakes. We recommend a road bike, but if you want to take on Make sure your bike is in good condition and can withstand the strain of this ride. Please get your bike checked out and tuned up BEFORE the morning of the ride.

A big N-O to that one. This is a charity ride and a team effort. There is no reward for finishing first.

Our slowest pace is 15 mph.

Day 1 is a 110-mile ride to Ajo, AZ. Day 2 is a 93 mile ride from Ajo, AZ to the 1MISSION Basecamp in Puerto Penasco, Mexico.

You do not have to ride the entire distance. If at any point you become too fatigued or feel like you need a break, flag down one of the SAG vehicles and rest until you feel it is safe for you to rejoin the group.

We pride ourselves on having one of the best SAG teams in the nation, all of which are volunteers! We have rest stops every 15-20 miles, and sag vehicles stationed every 5 miles. The SAG’s carry tubes, tires, pumps, first aid kits, sunscreen. water, and extra nutrition. There are also Aid Stations every 20-30 miles along the entire route. The Aid Stations have everything that the SAG vehicles have plus more food and restrooms.

Yes. We have a medical team staffed with first responders, and local law enforcement are notified of the event.

Yes it is! We have a police escort from the border down to our basecamp, and there is a huge shoulder the whole way down.

All meals are provided. This includes: Day 1 lunch and dinner, Day 2 breakfast, lunch and dinner, and breakfast before returning home. If you have any special dietary needs please reach out to us for a list of items we will have available.

Night 1 will be spent in the Ajo High School gym. Pads will be available, but feel free to bring cots, mattress pads, or air mattresses. Night 2 will be spent at 1MISSIONs’s Basecamp in the bunkhouse (Watch a video tour of Basecamp here). Sleeping in a gym not quite your cup of tea? Feel free to take advantage of the discounted rates we have at local hotels.

Transportation is provided. We will have vehicles and a trailer to haul all of your gear and bags.

YES! If you are riding with the Bikes Fight Poverty Team and plan on crossing the border then a valid passport or passport ID will be required. For participants under the age of 18 You will need to provide other US Citizenship documents such as a certified copy of a US Birth certificate, a Naturalization Certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Citizenship are acceptable.

Fortunately, we have never had to deal with bad weather, but if the situation does arise we will assess the situation and communicate with the group leaders. We will be praying for perfect weather with a tail wind the whole way!

If you have never ridden in a group before, we ask that you attend at least two of our many Bikes Fight Poverty training rides. Make sure you Like our Facebook page for the latest updates on upcoming group rides and clinics. Group riding is essential to the Bikes Fight Poverty ride and the more practice you have the better experience you will have.

There will be several training rides to participate in. Make sure you check out our training plan and join our Facebook group for rides happening in your area.


BIKES FIGHT POVERTY VOLUNTEER

YES! If you will be traveling to Mexico as part of your volunteer opportunity you MUST have a valid passport or passport ID. If you do not have one, please do not wait until the last minute to get one as they are sometimes delayed and can be pricy to expedite!

Although it would be ideal, it is NOT required. You will however need to provide other US Citizenship documents such as a certified copy of a US Birth certificate, a Naturalization Certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Citizenship are acceptable.

YES! Please include them on your registration form. If you have already completed your registration form, please complete one for your child.

The stop for Day 1 is in Ajo. The volunteers will stay with our riders at the Ajo High School. We stay in the gym, so please bring a sleeping bag, pillow, air mattress etc… There are showers available as well so bring your toiletries! Day 2 lodging will be in Mexico at the 1MISSION basecamp. We give the riders dibs on the bunkhouse so we ask that our volunteers bring tents for camping. There are showers and restrooms available here for everyone! Not into sleeping on the ground? There are hotels in Ajo and Mexico that you can book for an additional fee.

YES! All of you daily meals will be provided for you. We do suggest that you bring your own snacks and water for the car, there is A LOT of driving involved! Also, please make your own arrangements if you have any special dietary needs/food allergies.

Comfortable clothes! You think riding a bike 200+ miles is hard? Try volunteering for Bikes Fight Poverty! Just kidding, but seriously, it can be exhausting so be comfortable! You will be provided with a Bikes Fight Poverty shirt to wear on day 1.

Sunscreen, snacks, water, cell phone, car charger and a positive attitude! If you are volunteering for multiple days, make sure that you remember your essentials, sleeping and hygiene supplies.

SAG Volunteers: We encourage you to go all out! Make encouraging signs, have costumes, noise makers etc… Many of our amazing SAG volunteers make a playlist of music prior to the ride to play as the riders pass by.

1MISSION will provide each SAG vehicle with the essential items you need to support your group of riders such as: extra tubes, jugs of water, snacks, sunscreen, Tylenol, Advil and Chapstick. Our SAG volunteers have been know to go all out when it comes to the entertainment of the riders. Feel free to bring costumes, noisemakers and your dancing shoes to help encourage the riders along the way. Oh and extra sunscreen, you can never have too much sunscreen!!!!

All vehicles entering Mexico must have Mexican automobile insurance. We ask our volunteers to provide insurance on their own vehicles. Below is our recommended insurance provider, please feel free to contact him and mention that you are volunteering for 1MISSION’s Bikes Fight Poverty.

TJ Green - Sands Insurance Agency: 623-455-7707 or tjgreen@allstate.com

Kirk Borg - The Borg Agency: 623-561-0445

Approximately a week before we launch we will coordinate a time to get all the drivers together to visit the Van rental company to sign the lease agreements and proof of drivers license will be required at that time. We can make separate arrangements to have the Vans picked up the day prior to the launch if the volunteer is not available to do so.

No, this will be handled through the Van Rental company and 1MISSION will handle that expense.

No, 1MISSION will provide the insurance for the gear trailers traveling across the border however you will be required to obtain your own vehicles Mexican vehicle insurance.