Depending on the year, I’m active in two or more charity rides.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. The homes are simple, decent, and affordable to low-income families around the world. Whenever possible, we build sustainable, energy-efficient and healthy housing.
Homeowners and volunteers build under trained supervision. Individuals, corporations, faith groups and others provide vital financial support. In the U.S., Habitat for Humanity lends no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans to its beneficiary families.
The Habitat 500 is the MAC DADDY of charity rides. It’s well supported, capped at 135 riders so its not a rolling circus, and covers 500 miles of rural Minnesota. Its also a gathering of generous, visionary folk and very family friendly. Currently I serve on the Itasca County Habitat Board of Directors, and help out with supporting families who’ve been selected to receive homes.
BREPHOS PREGNANCY CENTER
Brephos is a local alternative pregnancy center that respects life as a gift of God and helps women to make informed decisions about their pregnancy. Their mission is to help couples make life affirming decisions, to comfort and support in the aftermath of an abortion or miscarriage, to help clients grow spiritually, and to offer educational mentoring for new moms and dads. They are currently working toward providing professional prenatal health services. In 2013 I did a 200K charity ride in support of purchasing ultrasound equipment. In 2014 I hope to grow the ride fundraiser to an event that involves 20 cyclist.
NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY
The MS 150 is one of several rides across the US funding research for treatment and support of persons struggling with multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. I have a family member with MS, and will be dedicating the 2014 ride to him and has wife.