STOP, SWAP AND SAVE is proud to support the following organizations and the great work they do. Check below for information on our current Non-Profit Partners. For information on the FREE and easy way to become a SWAP Non-Profit Partner click here.

The 10th annual Character Counts Mid Shore, Six Pillars Century Blackwater Tour fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 in Cambridge, Md.  Cycle the Eastern Shore through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County.  Ride three flat courses; the 37 mile, the 56 mile Ironman-70.3 mile Eagleman and the 100 mile Century.  Come enjoy the scenery, fun and joy of biking with 1200 of your closest cycling friends. 

All proceeds benefit over 8,200 school kids who receive character lessons based on the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship, at no cost to the public schools or taxpayers.  Our program is for all students; not just those identified as "at-risk", because we believe all youth are at-risk of making poor choices.

Visit http://www.6pillarscentury.com/ for more information and to register.

Maryland Interscholastic Cycling League (MDMTB) is a non-profit organization committed to bringing experiential learning and character development programs to Maryland that use mountain bikes as a primary tool. We work within the boundaries of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association to produce safe, quality mountain bike events that focus on equality and inclusivity and further the goal of developing strong body, strong mind, and strong character for our participating student-athletes.

We are a 100% volunteer organization that relies on the support and participation from the community to operate our programs. Please check us out on social media at @marylandMTB or online at marylandmtb.org and see how you can be a part of the Maryland League.

Bikes For The World collects unwanted bicycles and spare parts & accessories, donating these items to community development programs serving the world’s poor. These bicycles provide affordable transport to low-income people for use in getting to work, school, or health care. Donated bicycles help receiving partner organizations create and operate self-sustaining programs and bike repair workshops. Beginning as a project of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association in January 2005, Bikes for the World became an independent 501 © (3) charity early in 2011. To date, it has collected and donated more than 100,000 bicycles--and is now the nation’s largest bicycle reuse program. We strongly support Bikes For The World's efforts and hope that you will too, by donating a functional used bicycle, spare bicycle parts or by making a monetary pledge at this year's SWAP.

Visit www.bikesfortheworld.org for more info.

The Fifth Annual Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour will take place on Saturday, July 21, 2018.  This year the Tour  will feature four separate rides:  a 9-mile family ride; a 32-mile ride past the Spocott Windmill and then on to Ragged Point with an amazing view of the Chesapeake Bay; a half century (52 miles)  and a metric century (66 miles) through beautiful and historic Dorchester County and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge,  with stops along the Harriet Tubman Byway, and a stop at the historic waterfront park in Vienna, MD for the metric ride.

The ride benefits the YMCA Bob Brannock Endowment Fund and the Dorchester County Family YMCA’s scholarship and endowment programs. Look for us at https://www.facebook.com/HeartOfTheChesapeakeRide.

The Armed Forces Cycling Classic will take place on Saturday, Sunday, June 9/10, 2018. The Armed Forces Cycling Classic is the region’s premier cycling event, with opportunities to participate for cyclists of all abilities.

Competitive cyclists are invited to race in Arlington, as we will again offer a variety of categories for licensed racers, including the nation’s top Pro/Am men and women in Saturday’s 21st Annual Clarendon Cup. Additionally, cycling enthusiasts of all abilities will also be able to participate on Sunday morning’s Armed Forces Cycling Classic Challenge Ride, followed by more Men’s and Women’s Pro/Am races. Groups, companies and various organizations are also invited to enter as part of the Corporate Challenge, and will be able to fundraise for their one of our beneficiaries. Registration fees include timing support, a bib number, finishing medal.

http://www.cyclingclassic.org/ Save $5 on registration using COUPON CODE: STOPSWAPSAVE

The Hope Lodge in Hershey PA will be the starting point for bicycling enthusiasts on June 23, as they begin their journey through eastern Pennsylvania for the American Cancer Society's Sixth Annual Pennsylvania Hope Ride. Cyclists will pedal more than 150 miles across the rural roads of Pennsylvania over two days.

In 2017, the PA Hope Ride changed the route. The two-day ride now starts and finishes at the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Hershey.  Day 1 will feature a ride from Hershey to Kutztown, with dinner and an overnight stay in Kutztown University’s dorms. Day 2 will complete the ride from Kutztown back to the Hope Lodge in Hershey. A family friendly celebration with music, food and activities will be held at the ride’s finish line.

The PA Hope Ride provides all meals, rest stops and full support from mechanics and safety personnel during the event. Register for the PA Hope Ride at www.pahoperide.org.  Riders can participate in one or both days of the PA Hope Ride. Experienced riders can select a challenge option on a portion of the Day 1 route. Participating cyclists pay a registration fee and are provided guidelines to reach individual fund-raising goals.

Baltimore Youth Cycling, Inc. is a regional movement to develop junior cyclists into cycling advocates and confident young athletes. We work with beginner through advanced cyclists ages 8-18, in structured road and cyclocross practice settings. We teach them to ride safely and skillfully as athletes dedicated to their sport, their teammates, and their community.

BYC shapes new cyclists just discovering the joys of two wheels into accomplished racers ready for national-level competition.  We strongly believe cycling can change lives and have created programs to lower barriers of entry for young cyclists and their parents.  Our Rookie Bikes are available for loan to first year athletes.  Our Shop Partners support this program with maintenance clinics.  Our dedicated coaches and volunteers provide the experience and encouragement to support BYC racers in local and national-level competition.  As a whole, the cycling community participates in and benefits from the success of our program and the accomplishments of our kids!

BYC's young athletes are also involved in their larger cycling community.  Opportunities such as trail maintenance days, experience advocating for bike issues, discovery rides to introduce the region's cycling infrastructure, and more, build awareness in our young athletes of the issues and opportunities impacting all those who ride on two wheels.

Visit http://baltimoreyouthcycling.org for more info.

 

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