Ride for CHANGE Ride for HOPE Foundation
"The issues we face are not black or white but American.
Together we can make a difference.
There is nothing we can't do"
-Terry Hardy, Founder and CEO
The purpose of the Foundation is to bring together the resources to help the World of Soul™ Motorcycle Community reach its full potential in helping young people reach theirs.
From an experience that began from our founder purchasing his first motorcycle (a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road Glide) he embarked upon a life-changing journey - one that discovered motorcycling is about fun, adventure, excitement and freedom. The recreation and comradery of motorcycling has nothing to do with charity. However, the majority of motorcyclists are good people who like to give back to the communities in which they live and serve. He also discovered that there was another side of motorcycling that was darker than what was apparent at the onset. With others he set out to provide some alternatives for civic-minded riders and a means to provide a benefit to the community, hence a unified approach - the World of Soul™ Motorcycle Community.
From creating an online motorcycle social network of 9,600 motorcyclists and clubs to its focus on social and cultural reconciliation, the Foundation is the brainchild of one person - it's founder, Terry Hardy.
That brainchild is now the responsibility of a braintrust.
In 2008, the network made it's way offline and into the streets in support of constructing the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, D. C. The legacy of the civil rights movement was motivation to grow relationships among its leaders.
Civic engagement came by way of voter registration and facilitating the means by which individuals were trained to become deputy registrars during a historic presidential campaign.
At the encouragement and through Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., our founder Terry Hardy initiated support for youth pursuing a post-secondary education. Ride for CHANGE Ride for HOPE™ Foundation (a 501c3 public charity) was created to help grow the capacity of the World of Soul™ Motorcycle Community’s ability to support students in a manner unprecedented in collaboration with the community-at-large.
Based in Chicago, Illinois, Ride for CHANGE Ride for HOPE™ Foundation was launched in 2011 with an announcement from the steps of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky as a means to fuel the initiatives and philanthropic interest of the World of Soul™ Motorcycle Community.
Today, the Foundation is seeking support through board development and partners to bring together the resources to help World of Soul™ Motorcycle Community reach its full potential.
The Foundation is working to grow a national motorcyclist association, provide support for youth pursuing a post-secondary education and build the World of Soul™ Motorcycle Community for Youth Development.
TO THIS END OUR MISSION IS TO BE A VEHICLE FOR CHANGE
To encourage, empower and engage the motorcycle community to develop, expand and support programs that encourage social and cultural reconciliation through awareness, education, economic development and civic engagement.
We aim to raise awareness, funds and the development of infrastructure to execute programs and services that give priority to initiatives that help at-risk-youth reach their full potential.
It seeks to help reconcile issues plaguing the community by reconciling the images placed upon society.
Ride for CHANGE Ride for HOPE Foundation is a model of service coordination and the motorcycle community’s principle advocate for disadvantaged youth.
Ride for CHANGE-Ride for HOPE Foundation gives priority to community-based initiatives serving and governed by people of color in recognition of the disproportionate impact that the educational disparity is having on African-American, Latino and other minority communities.
Education is the fundamental thrust behind all human movement as people move in accordance to their knowledge. We work to provide education support and mentoring to help students finish high school to get to and through college and/or career of their choice, perform motorcycle safety awareness and training, encourage civic engagement, financial literacy, exploring the humanities, arts and culture.
Put the fun back into motorcycling in urban communities with new places to go and things to do. Have some fun, do some good.
SOCIAL & CULTURAL RECONCILIATION
Ride for CHANGE Ride for HOPE™ tells a story about America's history. Along America's roadways are many places of historical significance highlighting historic people, places and events. Once we revisit those places and retell those stories we find that they are just as inspiring today as they were upon inception. Those stories say despite our challenges we've always found ways to move the nation forward.
Access to opportunity means the reduction of violence, support for education and the application of things learned creates an environment where development can take place. The power of diversity and collective resolve to improve conditions is made manifest on a large scale and in a manner unprecedented with an incentive to produce. Introducing tools that help build infrastructure to support riding communities and forging relationships with industry and the greater community that honor innovative pathways to safe and rewarding motorcycle experiences while improving the image of motorcycling.