About

Thanks for stopping by. My name is Mehrdad Erfani. I live in Washington DC area and this site is my simple way to raise awareness P1030480about the causes I support.

The name is a play on two  words which constitute the central ideas of this site: Volunteerism and Philanthropy forming Volunthropy   — vol.un.thro.py  /välənTHrəpē/

When I started volunteering years ago, and later on, participating in charity bike rides using my weekends and vacation time, my intent was to help enhance the lives of others in whatever small way I could. It never occurred to me just how many ways and on how many levels these activities would, in turn, enrich my life. I can only hope that through this site, I can share a little bit of that with you.

What I am trying to share, and hope to be able to get others involved with, is a sense of awareness. Each cause touches lives that you may personally know.  For me they each have a significance of their own, an aunt sorely missed, a cousin fighting a good fight, a co worker, a friend, a passerby suffering from a visible and not so visible condition.

As for the rides, while each, past and present,  are for different causes, they have a lot in common.  They try to improve someone’s life, they try to put an end to a horrible condition or ailment , and at the end… they help us, celebrate our humanity.

In addition to charity bike rides, I support the following causes and organizations in various capacities. It would be fantastic if you can join me.

Group/Organization Synopsis
Dast2Dast Monthly Homeless Shelter Dinner
Britepath (Our Daily Bread) Guiding Our Neighbors Toward Self-Sufficiency
Doctors Without Borders Provide Medical aid where it is needed most
Volunteer Solutions Improve the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities
Children of Persia Promoting the well-being of children in Iran
OMID Foundations Empowering disadvantaged young women in Iran
Miriam’s Kitchen Ending chronic homelessness in Washington DC
Water.org Provide safe water and satiation solutions to transform lives
United Way Improving lives by mobilizing communities advance common good
Volunteers of America About 55000 volunteers delivering life-changing services
Be The Match Marrow registry to save lives through transplant
American Red Cross Provide compassionate care to those in need
Consumers Union Passing consumer protection laws in the United states
W&OD Volunteer Bike Patrol Promote safety, Informational, Firs Aid and Mechanical assistance
C&O Canal Volunteer Bike Patrol Promote safety, Informational, Firs Aid and Mechanical assistance
Adventure Cyclist Association Provides services, publishes maps and campaigns for better cycling tourism
Rails-to-Trails Transforming unused rail corridors into vibrant  public places
European Cyclist Federation Promote cycling as a  healthy means of transportation and recreation
WABA Washington Area Bicyclist Association
FABB Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling