As a vendor, we have to be extremely careful on where and how often we have time and money to be a vendor at events like the fundraisers that this group has been able to put together for charities. We have been a vendor at numerous events that these folks have invited us to be a part of. They are very easy to work along side, they have great follow up with the vendors on what time to arrive and set up our products, what time the event will end, only allowing a few vendors that carry the same type of products. They have provided vendors with great advertisements and on many different types of media, Facebook, newsprint and radio. Well organized folks.
My wife and I were lucky enough to come across and ad on social media that listed an event that Hands of Rescue was holding on Sept 17th. Not only was it an event with lots of vendors, music and food but was well attended by motorcycle people (there must have been a couple hundred motorcycle folks that had come out to the event) but also just the general public. It had vendors for both adults as well as kids. The food vendor was very busy and had great food. I and my wife would not have normally gone to a motorcycle shop except that it sounded like a lot of fun and we intrigued by raffle items of a guitar. We will certainly keep a look out for future events by these folks.
As a business we receive countless requests for items to be donated to a cause. Upon review or Hands of Rescue's Facebook page, I was able to see that not only does this group organize and complete various fundraisers each year, but they are also well thought of by their followers. They are very quick to post pictures after each of their events. They seem to have a great following of various types of vendors that attend the fundraisers. Although the venue is unique to some it is a growing audience that is being reached with new and different vendors. Not only do they have a motorcycle following through-out the United States but also the general public. I was quite impressed with their outreach to a varied public.
Recently I was invited to be a part of this organizations fundraising event to benefit another local charity. Not only was I impressed with the number of other vendors that were at the event, but I was also impressed with the entertainment that they had lined up for the day. There was a chair saw artist doing demonstrations, there was live music, and food vendors. There was also a lot of advertisements hi-lighting the event, the vendors and the entertainment. The venue was a great location both for visibility but also the owner was very happy to make his rounds to all of the vendors. I would highly recommend being associated with this organization and I would be very happy to be invited again to be part of their events.
Hands of Rescue, Inc. has held fundraisers for various charities in the local area. All of their events are filled with opportunities for everyone that attends the events. They like to have product vendors at their events, this gives the local small businesses an opportunity to be in front of a wide variety of possible new clients. Each event is very unique for the attendees, the general public to comes to the events, the venue owner and the motorcycle clubs that support the fundraisers for the charities in which they are raising funds to be donated to them. They bring unique choices of entertainment to each event to make each and every fundraiser unique and memorable.
I have been to multiple events that Hands of Rescue have sponsored. I am very happy to see that a motorcycle club is helping local communities and charities out. The members are very friendly and always answer any questions.
On behalf of Missing In America Project - Virginia and Region 8, I would like to personally thank Hands of Rescue for all that they have done and continue to do to help ensure that our unclaimed veterans are laid to rest with the Honor and Dignity they deserve. I would also like to say that the training and certification they provided to some of my volunteers/riders has been invaluable and helps us with our Dignified Transfers. Without funds raised by organizations such as Hands of Rescue, we (MIAP) would have a much harder time doing our mission. We look forward to seeing you in May and for all the hard work put in to help the Missing In America Project. www.miap.us
This is a riding club that started out by giving back to the motorcycle community. They then got hook on the money they made by selling beer at bike nights and concerts, pretty ironic a medical club selling beer to make money. They have made over $25,000.00 and what have they given back to the motorcycle community. They no longer have members who can teach CPR/first aid to anyone in the community. If you ask me they have lost there focus on being a non profit organization and want to be a business. I feel they don't deserve any recognition espically from the motorcycle community.
These websites have an opportunity to be informative and helpful when an individual or organization wants to get involved with an organization. This allows a person or an organization to gain insight and information on organizations that give back to their communities. And although the purpose of this website is to provide information to the public, this website also allows anyone to write whatever they want to abt an organization without the information being verified by this website. So, individuals can either do goodwill with a review or it can do great harm and mislead the public. Anonymous reviews should be discarded, such as the case with this one. By allowing someone or an organization to identify themselves as anonymous, it cripples the organization from being able to defend itself. Or speak to the issues that have been raised in their review. For example the financials that were quoted are far from accurate and very misleading. Another statement that was made says that we have lost our ability to train, again not true. We do have the ability to train and we hold a class once a year that we sponsor to train others in 1st Aide, CPR and AED. However, our mission is not specific for us to train everyone, it is to PROMOTE and encourage the idea of everyone being trained whether you ride a motorcycle or not. Our mission is to promote 1st Aide, CPR and AED training. We maintain the ability to do both. Another statement that was made was that we do not give back to the motorcycle biking community. Through our efforts we have donated money and time to the Richmond HOG chapter of motorcycles. The Christian Riders, the Heaven Saints, United for Christ Motorcycle Ministry, Thunder for God, Sacred Friends, Soldiers United, 2nd Thief Riders, Bikers for Christ. Donations have been made to the Patriot Guard Riders, Brotherhood of Honor, and the Steel Horse HOG chapter as well as donations made to Rolling Thunder and the American Legion Riders in Hopewell to name a few. These are some of the biking organizations that we have made donations to, however, we do make donations to organizations outside of the biking community. We sponsor and hold events for: Heart Havens, Missing in American, Wounded Warrior Project, and the Marine Toys for Tots, the Teddy Bear Run, and The Fallen Fire Fighters, as well as the Maddie Mann Foundation, we have made donations to local schools so that they could purchase supplies for the classrooms, as well as a local ambulance service. With what we have raised this year - our organization has been able to donate over $12,000 to other organizations that work and serve in our community, so far this year. And will be making further donations upon the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season as it approaches. The Christmas holiday season will provide more opportunities to make donations to local food banks to help feed the needy. We have made donations to local organizations for toys to be given out at Christmas. We are a medical motorcycle riding club. We promote motorcycle safety, CPR/First Aid and AED training. We work with the American Red Cross with blood drives. Again these are some of the things that we do to give back to our communities. The one thing that the anonymous person did write said that we ran this 501c3 like a business and for that we graciously say thank you. Because there is accountability in business with everything that you do, if it is done well the business will continue to grow and be able to continue doing the things that we enjoy doing if run successfully. If not run successfully the organization will cease and be unable to help out others. As a business the members/stock holders have final say. Which means that those in positions of responsibility can and will be removed from office. So, it is with great pride that we thank our anonymous writer for pointing that out. Obviously the anonymous writer has never managed or run a business and therefore does not understand the needs and responsibilities that the Hands of Rescue, Inc., have assumed. And what it takes to truly give back to your community. I ask you to follow us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HandsOfRescue, so that you may see and judge for yourselves what Hands of Rescue actually does. Respectfully the Board of Officers