Our Involvement in Community & Charitable Events
The Fairfax VA Chapter of the Harley Owners Group (Fairfax VA H.O.G.) provides numerous opportunities for its members and guests to ride together, promotes safe riding skills and gives back to the community along the way. Each member takes pride in the community in which we live and ride. We have learned that we can build positive relationships within the community that contribute to the well being of both. Fairfax VA H.O.G. members and Harley riders in general have big hearts and take it upon themselves to help when we can and get involved.
Our activities in this area can be split into two segments; Community and Charity. In many ways they are the same thing, but there are differences. Both involve the dedication of resources such as time, effort and/or money. Community Activities generally involve participation in community sponsored events that educate, entertain or promote. Charity Activities generally involve financial support or gifts-in-kind to a recognized charity as defined by the IRS in Section 501-C3.
More detailed discussions of these segments follow.
Our participation in community events promotes a better understanding of bikers and provides the opportunity for the community to learn about motorcycle riding and for us to show off our bikes. The bikes always generate interest and the opportunity to breakdown misconceptions and concerns. Some of the community activities that we participate in include:
The Fairfax VA H.O.G. Chapter is not a charity institution, but its members take pride in being a positive influence in the community and helping those who are in need. The Chapter has a Charity Committee that represents the membership in the selection of its causes. Recommendations are made to the Board when changes are appropriate. Both the Committee and the Board are mindful of the need to keep these activities in perspective. Charity Policy and Guidelines have been developed to manage this activity in a consistent and open manner. Our goal is to balance our love for riding with our desire to be a positive influence within our communities.
Please see the Supported Organizations page for a partial list of some of the charities that we support.
Members of the Charity Committee or the Board welcome suggestions of charitable causes from the membership anytime. The membership is encouraged to participate in our community related activities that serve to promote our passion for riding Harleys in a positive and proactive manner. To volunteer, inquire and/or obtain additional information on Fairfax VA H.O.G.'s involvement in Community and Charitable activities, please e-mail [email protected].
Thank you for your help and support.