We Can Be Heroes

June 16, 2023

If you know how to run a fleet, a truck, or how to get goods from A to B, your expertise can be invaluable to afflicted communities in need of aid.  Your top-down supply chain management skills give you the proper insight to help supply troubled areas with vital necessities. Be the reason why victims of a disaster have water to drink and food to eat — our country needs your help.  

To see where your expertise can start being utilized today, look up your state here.

The following are an example of some of the community aid or disaster relief organizations to which you can donate your time or money.

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Organizations that need truckers and trucking expertise: 

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreach, and disaster response. 

In partnership with local churches, businesses, civic organizations, and government agencies, Convoy strategically offers help and hope to communities around the world. 

Operation Roger is a trucker-run organization helps unite—and even reunite—pets with their owners. 

If a person finds their lost pet on a shelter list states away, a volunteer trucker can help bring Fido or Max back home. In other cases, people may find a new pet from a rescue or shelter far away. Either way, Operation Roger can bust Buddy out of the pound and bring him to his “furever home.” 

Truckload of Respect helps truckers pay their respect to veterans by delivering wreaths to 1,200 national veterans’ cemeteries each December as part of the Wreaths Across America program. 

Volunteer truckers can sign up to deliver a truckload of wreaths here.

Truckers Against Trafficking works to educate truck drivers about human trafficking and how to recognize and report it. They also partner with law enforcement agencies to rescue victims of trafficking. 

Wreaths Across America honors veterans by placing wreaths on their graves during the holiday season. Truck drivers play a critical role in this effort, as they transport the wreaths across the country to their final destinations. 

Feeding America works to combat hunger by distributing food to those in need. Truck drivers are essential in this effort, as they transport food from warehouses to distribution centers and ultimately to food banks and pantries. 

Operation Lifesaver works to promote railroad safety and prevent accidents. They partner with trucking companies to educate drivers about the dangers of driving near railroad crossings. 

Trucker Buddy International connects truck drivers with schoolchildren to promote literacy and cultural exchange. Truck drivers can exchange letters and photos with their “pen pals” and even visit the schools in person 


Organizations that help the trucking industry community: 

The St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF) is a 501(c)(3), truck driver charity that helps over-the-road/regional semi-truck drivers and their families when an illness or injury, occurring within the last year, has caused them to be out of work. The SCF is also working to provide programs that will benefit professional drivers and the trucking industry.  

Founded by a truck driver who had to answer these questions for themselves, TruckersFinalMile.org specializes in reuniting truckers and their families in times of crisis. They provide services to North American truck drivers, are staffed 24/7/365 to process requests, and will provide transportation and lodging for truckers and their families in the event of a loss of life, debilitating injury, or serious illness. 

Meals for 18 Wheels helps professional drivers across the country get connected with a hot meal. Through a network of volunteers, they will put hungry drivers in touch with locals who can deliver a hot, home-cooked meal to them in their trucks. They will also help drivers and their families who are struggling financially to put food in their cupboards.  

If a trucker is stranded due to disaster or inclement weather, Trucker Charity will help secure food and lodging for them. They also provide mentoring and other forms of education to truckers, and other people employed in the trucking industry. Additionally, they operate a food pantry in Illinois that can provide a trucker in need with enough food for three days. Donations and applications for assistance are taken at their website here. 


General aid or disaster relief organizations:  

Red Cross' purpose is to meet the immediate disaster-caused needs of individuals, families, and communities. Explore how they respond to disasters big and small, across the country. 

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. Founded in the U.S. through grassroots action in 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world.  

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. Over 20,000 agency employees form a team of dedicated emergency management leaders. These leaders work collaboratively to share experiences and resources, building the FEMA the nation needs and deserves. 

Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, droughts, floods, and other major disasters pose a great threat to our country. The Salvation Army provides support, hope, and healing to more than 500,000 disaster survivors.  

Doctors Without Borders provides independent, impartial medical humanitarian assistance to the people who need it most. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) cares for people affected by conflict, disease outbreaks, natural and human-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. 

Operation USA is a Los Angeles-based international disaster relief and development agency helping communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease, violence and endemic poverty. 

UNICEF, a global leader in humanitarian relief, responds to hundreds of emergencies every year — delivering lifesaving relief, safeguarding children's rights and protecting them from harm. 

When people are in crisis, Americares makes sure that health comes first. Their Emergency Programs help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. They support Medicine Security for millions of people around the world. Our Health Services deliver quality health care for people who have none. We create and support sustainable programs that strengthen local health centers. 

International Relief Teams is a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering caused by poverty, disaster and, neglect – from the forgotten corners of the world to right here in the United States. During disasters, International Relief Teams provides emergency supplies, including food, water, health kits, medicines, and other resources as needed. Our work continues through the recovery phase, supplying aid as long as it is needed in a variety of forms, including repairing and rebuilding houses. 

ShelterBox exists to ensure no one is without shelter after disaster. We often work in places that others don’t, making sure that we reach families who need support to take the next step in resuming their livelihoods. From Cameroon to Syria, all the way to the Philippines and the Caribbean, ShelterBox has provided shelter to over 2.5 million people so far. 

Team Rubicon is a veteran-led humanitarian organization that serves global communities before, during, and after disasters and crises. Team Rubicon’s mission is providing relief to those affected by disaster or crises, no matter when or where they strike. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible. 

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with the community to build bunk beds for kids from raw materials complete with mattresses, pillows and bedding. In 2019, SHP’s bunk bed program gave a permanent home to over 30,000 of our beds for children sleeping on the floor. The Disaster Relief Program provides another way to help those in need who’ve been impacted by a recent disaster.  

Greater Good Charities works to help people, pets, and the planet by mobilizing in response to need and amplifying the good. To date, Greater Good Charities has invested more than $575 million in impact, including cash grants, in-kind supplies, and programmatic support to charity partners, encompassing thousands of projects that support our mission.  

Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help. 


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