Anyone familiar with the trucking industry is no stranger to the variety of charitable events made possible by trucking professionals. From convoys and tractor pulls whose proceeds go to worthy causes like the Special Olympics to programs set up to support fellow truckers in need, the trucking industry devotes its time to doing its part.
If you’re a fleet member, an owner-operator, or even just a trucking enthusiast, you may be wondering how you can get involved in all of the good causes supported by the family that is professional trucking. So, we’ve done some leg-work for you and outlined a few notable causes specific to the industry that may be worth looking into.
Trucker Buddy International is an organization that helps educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades K-8. Drivers are matched with classes and share news about their travels each week. In turn, students write letters to their drivers and at the same time, enhance their skills in reading, writing, geography, mathematics, social studies, and history. www.truckerbuddy.org
Are you an animal lover? Operation Roger might be the trucker charity you were born to join. With nearly 700 pets rescued and sent to new, loving homes since its inception, Operation Roger doesn’t require cash donations, it just requires a ride for needy animals.
With an army of compassionate truckers around the country allowing needy pets to “hitchhike” to their new homes or to medical attention across the country, all that’s required to participate in Operation Roger is a love of animals and the willingness to provide a temporary home with “lots of TLC” in the passenger seat of your rig as you help them get to where they’re going.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or just go ahead and fill out your application on their website.
For those of you with a soft spot for needy children, the Big Iron Classic might just be the event for you. While you enjoy the toys that make your world go round, the proceeds from this massive event, hosting some odd 14,000 attendees last year, go entirely to toy donations for needy boys and girls, making them effectively one of the largest truck shows and children’s charity drives in the Midwestern United States.
This event is in the fall, always on the first weekend following Labor Day. Come for the shiny trucks and tractor-pulls, stay for the good cause.
As the old adage says, charity begins at home. The St. Christopher Fund is there to provide aid to needy truckers and trucker families around the country when medical problems have led to financial hardship. There are 3.2 million truck drivers in the United States, and sadly, statistics show around 70% of them suffering from chronic health problems.
While this is a simple donation-based charity, the reality of those they help will hit you at every trucking event you attend. For more information on how you can help, contact email@example.com