In the last post, I told you guys about the Boozefighters Club in Southern California and how the club had burned down. Even worse, that they did a ton of charity work and when the clubhouse went, a load of their charity donations went up in smoke, too.
That got me to thinking (never a good thing) and largely out of curiosity, I started looking up motorcycle charities on the computer. And damn near nothing showed up.
I got a few hits on the national level – the Templar Knights Club actually has a page up about charity rides and there is a ton of stuff out there for small clubs who are riding for this charity or that charity, but there isn’t a whole lot out there.
And that sucks – if you don’t know the name of the charity or the run you want to make, the only way to hear about it is word of mouth?
Most of us know about the National Motorcycle Safety Fund but it is a charitable organization to keep us safe, not help others. Another organization – Motorcycle Charity Associates, Inc. showed up, but the page was down. So why isn’t somebody collating data like this? For years, we’ve been trying to spread the good news about what bikers are doing and railing against stupidity on bikes – why do we make it harder for others to see the good work we’re doing?
Here’s the deal – I’m going to list the handful of charities that I found in my searches – and bear in mind, these are national searches. If you look up by region, maybe you’ll have better luck than I did. Nevertheless, I’m going to list a few that I could find and then we’re going to open it up to you guys.
Ultimately, The Bikers’ Den is going to have a dedicated events section on their Facebook Page just for charities, my hope is that we’ll all get better PR on the work that we do.
As for right now, here’s the list. Some of these may not “seem” like biker charities and I get it, but they either have a great reputation in the community or they are dedicated to our lifestyle.
- Rolling Thunder Charities
- Tour of Honor
- Ride For Kids
- Bikers Against Child Abuse
- Motorcycle Riders Foundation
What really gets under my skin is that – again – we do so much great work and one hand doesn’t know what the other is doing. At the same time, I can’t tell you the number of pages that I’ve visited to check out a charity and the page is dead. If you have a site about your charity, then keep the page up and running!
So with that in mind, send us your charities and let’s get some more press for the good work that we do. At the same time, let’s get some more people to your events and rides and get the word out for more participation. Click Here or message us on Facebook to send us your events and we will post them to The Bikers’ Den Facebook Page in our Events Section.