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.
|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|