Partnering

The ideal venues for National Service Ride events are high schools, vocational schools, or colleges and universities with large numbers of youth near or at the start of their careers. Especially through the "service learning fair," event organizers can invite a host of organizations to provide speakers as well as sources of service learning opportunities for youth and other community members. Many motorcycle clubs are a great source of uniformed veterans – military, police, firefighters, first responders, medical and health care services, and others – as exemplars of service to initiate and carry the conversation.

National Service Ride events allow veterans, community service, and volunteer organizations to work more closely with each other on cross-cutting issues and intiatives, sharing platforms and recruiting newer, younger members. In addition, the Ride project lends its event format and messages of unity and empowerment to facilitate a much-needed conversation across generational and societal lines. The events also help these organizations gain greater access to schools and recruit younger members awareness, with impacts on branding, membership, volunteerism, and fundraising. And they share platforms to help spread their message and expand audiences.

As the project re-emerges from the COVID pandemic, the American Legion in Orange County, NY has gotten behind it, coordinating appearances at nearby high schools as they fully re-open this fall. The project’s platform fits perfectly with the Legion’s vision of “veterans strengthening America” and the pillars of Americanism, Youth, and Community. More and more local Legion members think the project should become a Legion Riders program nationwide.

Here are some additional organizations the National Service Ride has worked with informally to develop its platform:
 

Motorcycle Associations and Clubs

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American Legion and VFW Riders

Many veterans’ service organizations like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars have their own motorcycle riding associations, with chapters at local Legion or VFW posts. The American Legion Riders in New York State's Lower Hudson Valley have been particularly supportive of the National Service Ride intiative as of late. Contact your local Legion Riders chapter or VFW post to find out more.

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Harley Owners Group

Harley Owners Group members include veterans of all types who are well-connected with many community and private organizations. HOG chapters have proven very supportive of the National Service Ride, as are associated Harley-Davidson dealerships,which are are great places to start rides to the events. To find a HOG chapter, first locate a Harley-Davidson dealership.

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Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club

The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club is named for the historic African-American United States Army regiments known as Buffalo Soldiers. Many members are military, police, fire, first responders, and medical and health service veterans. With 140+ chapters and over 5000 members, local clubs in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York State recently partnered with the National Service on the inaugural Juneteenth Underground Railroad Freedom Ride in 2021 and at local National Service Ride school events.

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Hudson Valley Honor Flight

Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) honors America's oldest veterans by transporting them to the Nation's Capital to visit their memorials there – all expenses paid. A local hub of the National Honor Flight Network of over 100 independent non-profit “hubs," the HVHF arranges for thousands of bikers to escort the buses transporting them to the airport. These have become highly visible events in many locales around the country. The HVHF has recently become a major institutional supporter of the National Service Ride's work to promote community to give veterans a country worth their sacrifice and help pass the baton of service leadership from generation to generation.


 

Veterans and Community Service Organizations and Supporters


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The American Legion

With over 12,000 posts in and outside of the United States, the American Legion is the ideal partner for the National Service Ride!  First, the project’s platform fits perfectly with the Legion’s vision of “veterans strengthening America” and its pillars of Americanism, Youth, and Community. Second, the National Service Ride expands, accelerates, and synchronizes the Legion's own programs, including includes the Legion Riders, Sons of the Legion, Legion Auxiliary, and annual Boys and Girls State and Nation – among the most respected educational programs high school students on government, civics, and citizenship. It also improves public and community relations in a highly visible way and helps local posts and their partners gain greater access to schools and youths. Interest in formalizing and nationalizing this partnership is growing rapidly. 

 

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Rotary International

Rotary International is among the largest, most established, and well-known service learning organizations anywhere. Since forming in 1905, it takes on some of the world's toughest challenges and helps a wide range of international and service organizations—from the UN to Easter Seals. Its 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders come together to create positive, lasting change in communities around the world.

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Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International is an international secular, non-political service organization founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. It has over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world working to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale.

   

 

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National Peace Corps Association

The National Peace Corps Association shares the Peace Corps experience and connects members and affiliate groups making a difference in communities in the U.S. and around the world.

     

 

The Motorcycle Channel

The Motorcycle Channel® is a new TV network for all things motorcycles. In additing to streaming your favorite motorcycle TV shows and movie classics, it will feature documentaries on motorcycling and related topics – including the National Service Ride! Watch for videos on the YouTube Channel and on social media!

 

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Armor Down

Armor Down's "Mindful Memorial Day" provides a database of  fallen servicemembers from specific communities since 9/11, to be read at each event opening as a “mindful moment of gratitude” to remind people that the best way to honor veterans and others is to give them a country worth their sacrifices, starting in their own communities. 

   

 

   

 

 

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