Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina (Charleston) hosted its 3rd Annual Undy 500 Motorcycle Charity Ride last month to raise awareness and funding for events and programs for local homeless veterans. Two hundred twenty-five riders donated more than 2,100 new undergarments to be distributed to veterans at the Annual Stand Down against Homelessness. More than $6,800 was raised in support of local veterans.
Each year, Goodwill® and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center partner to host the Annual Stand against Homeless event, during which hundreds of veterans and individuals who are homeless receive medical and dental screenings, clothing, food, haircuts, and job and legal counseling. This year’s event will be held on October 27 and 28 at the Armory Park in North Charleston.
To kick off the Undy 500, US Congressman Tim Scott welcomed the riders and gave a blessing of the bikes. Riders made stops at local Goodwill stores before ending the ride at an after party. Event sponsors for the 100 mile ride included Low Country Harley-Davidson, California Dreaming, Sonic Restaurants, 98 Rock and The Bridge.
The Goodwill also provides training and employability skills and supportive services to homeless veterans through Operation Independence. This program provides opportunities for homeless veterans to acquire skills that will help them regain self-sufficiency and economic independence.
Watch footage shot by an Undy 500 rider below and read more about the event.