By: Noelle Lambert
The Charity of the Month for May is:
Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.)
Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that exists to provide aid, comfort, safety and support for children that have been sexually, physically and emotionally abused. They are dedicated to the principle that ‘one of the basic rights of childhood is to be safe and protected’. When a child’s family or environment has failed them, B.A.C.A. stands ready to help.
One of the greatest and most unique assets of B.A.C.A. for children is their “biker family attitude”. Bikers are a tightly knit group. The brotherhood and family values are not just a way to live, but a way of life. One for all and all for one is not just a quote but it is their reality. After children have been introduced into the B.A.C.A. family they are not helpless or powerless anymore.
The Long Island B.A.C.A. Chapter had their 100 Mile Ride Event on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Thousands of B.A.C.A. members from around the world participated in this event in various countries and states on the same day! They raised awareness of child abuse and of the services they provide for abused children all over the world.
If you want to meet a B.A.C.A. representative and find out additional information on their organization you can attend one of the following upcoming events, where B.A.C.A. will have a tent set up with brochures and more:
Alive After Five: Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Patchogue.
The Great South Bay Music Festival: Saturday, July 20, 2019 and Sunday, July 21, 2019 in Patchogue.
If you are interested in becoming a B.A.C.A. member you must meet certain requirements. Some requirements are that you have a desire to help abused children, you have regular access to a motorcycle, you are 18 years or older, you can pass an NCIC fingerprint check and you can attend monthly meetings and Chapter events (their meetings are held the second Sunday of every month at the American Legion Hall in Bohemia at 9:00AM unless it’s a holiday).
You can also donate to this organization at anytime on their website. If you want to make a donation to the Long Island Chapter directly, please contact the Long Island B.A.C.A. Vice President and Public Relations Officer, Big D at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, if you feel you can benefit from B.A.C.A. services, please call their helpline at 631.408.8218.
Pictured Below: Various Long Island B.A.C.A. members that participated in the 100 Mile Ride.
Another Organization That You Can Get Involved With:
Janet’s Loving Gifts
Janet’s Loving Gifts is a non-profit organization that was formed to help others in need by providing them with care packages, meals, academic scholarships and more. They are hosting their annual Trivia Night on Sunday, June 9th from 5:00PM – 8:00 PM at Rudi’s Bar & Grill located at 554 NY Route 112 in Patchogue. Come test your knowledge for a chance to win a variety of prizes! You can participate individually or as a team of up to four people. There will be an open bar and appetizers and the fee is only $40/person. Purchase your ticket on their website today by clicking the donate button and writing TRIVIA NIGHT in the special instructions. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $45. For more information, please contact the organization at 631.427.9389 or by email at JanetsLovingGifts@gmail.com.
If you would like your organization to be featured in this column, please email Noelle@SouthBaysNeighbor.com!