Easterseals Honor Ride 2021 supports Greater Cincinnati veterans on the journey to employment.
Easterseals Honor Ride 2021

About Easterseals Honor Ride

​We owe so much to the veterans who served our country. Every family has a special hero who wore our nation’s uniform with pride. And many of us know someone actively serving to keep our nation free.

Easterseals celebrates the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Join us in showing YOUR support for America’s veterans, active military, reservists, and the families holding down the home front.

The Easterseals Honor Ride is your opportunity to say THANK YOU to America’s military forces and your personal veteran heroes. And when you register, you are also supporting local veterans who turn to Easterseals Military & Veteran Services for a hand-up in their civilian lives.

This ride is designed with you in mind! Whether you want to ride six miles or 22, ride in a group or on a stationary bike, or simply want to pay tribute with an honor ribbon carried by a veteran during our ride, we have a way for you to be included.

Join the Easterseals Honor Ride and give back to the veterans and their families who have given us so much. Let’s build a community of support so every veteran finds their place of belonging in Greater Cincinnati.

Date

Starts at:  August 28, 2021 5:00 AM
Ends at:  August 28, 2021 4:00 PM

Location

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Contact

Jackie Sulfridge
513-646-4835
jsulfridge@eastersealsgc.org

How to Join the Easterseals Honor Ride

1. REGISTER

To create a team to rally your friends and family for a good cause, click ‘Join or Start a Team.' Follow the prompts to build your team to honor veterans and help other veterans at the same time. Your impact matters! Add a profile photo, fundraising goals and make sure to say WHY you’re riding for veterans.

To sign up individually, click ‘Register as an Individual’. Follow the prompts to create your profile and honor a veteran. Your impact matters! Add a profile photo, fundraising goals and make sure to say WHY you’re riding for veterans.  


2. EARN POINTS INDIVIDUALLY or as a TEAM

Make it fun and make more of an impact on veterans who need us. You earn points by completing activities such as fundraising, posting photos, inviting your friends and family to join..

Build your team. Top fundraising teams, top fundraising individuals not associated with a team and top teams with the most accrued points will get prizes and bragging rights.  

 

3. CHOOSE YOUR RIDE OPTION

In-person group rides are optional. If you indicate that you want to participate in a group ride, you will receive a separate email from Jackie Sulfridge asking which ride location. Spaces are limited. 

These group rides will be self-timed, led by Honorary Ride Directors. Please obey all road rules. The 22-mile rides are not recommended for novice riders. 

Group Ride Options

On Saturday, August 28, join 2021 Honorary Ride Directors for a group rides TBD. (Inclement Weather Date, August 29)

Personal DIY Ride

On Saturday August 28 (or anytime the last week in August) ride 6 or 22 miles on a route of your choosing.


How Easterseals Serves Greater Cincinnati's Veterans

Our diverse team works with veterans, active military, and their families to build a personal action plan and provide ongoing support as they achieve new goals.

Easterseals Military & Veteran Services has solutions that work for vets, from training for new careers to getting off the streets and into safe, stable, independent housing.

We have a network of more than 200 community partners and businesses ready to invest in the success of each veteran we serve.

All services are FREE to veterans regardless of their time in service or discharge status. Easterseals is the United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s agency partner for serving veterans who call the 211 help line.

Easterseals provides:

  • Career assessment, education and training for the region’s most in-demand jobs
  • Help with child care, housing, and transportation
  • Job coaching including resume, interview, and placement services
  • Help accessing and understanding your VA benefits
  • Paid transitional employment
  • Financial assistance for job-related expenses including work clothes and licenses
  • Computer and internet access
  • Help with emergency expenses

A Ride Inspired by the Veterans We Serve

Easterseals Military & Veteran Services is a team of veterans serving veterans. They understand the challenges of ending a military career and reestablishing themselves as civilians. Each left military service for different reasons:  retirement, a disabling injury, or reduction in force.

Despite the differing circumstances and coming from different branches of service, each shared that same sense of loss when their military careers came to a close. The feeling of lost mission, lost purpose, and the lost bonds of friendship forged in service to America.

Easterseals Military & Veteran Services was formed in 2012 to serve veterans who lost their footing and have struggled to find their place as civilians. Many of these veterans who turn to Easterseals face challenges with disabling injuries seen and unseen, homelessness, substance abuse, and unemployment.

In 2020, inspired by the veterans they serve who fought to overcome these challenges, Easterseals Military & Veteran Services Director Scott Robinson, an Air Force veteran, and job developer Chris Macklin, an Army veteran, biked 22 miles of the Loveland Bike Trail on Memorial Day.

They carried with them yellow ribbons bearing the names of veterans who served as far back as World War II as a tribute to their service. We continue this tradition for its second year, and extend an invitation for YOU to join our ride or send a name of a loved one we may carry during the Easterseals Honor Ride.

Our Honorary Ride Directors: Wyoming Ohio Cycling Foundation

For the members of the Wyoming Ohio Cycling Foundation, bicycling through the hills of their neighborhood wasn’t quite enough. They found a unique way to combine their love of riding with charitable giving to support local veterans who rely on Easterseals for help.

The founding members realized that with their growing numbers, they could combine their love of riding with charitable giving to support local veterans who rely on Easterseals. They met Chris Macklin, a Job Development Coach with Easterseals Military & Veteran Services, who took them up on their offer to join an early morning ride.

During that ride, Chris candidly shared his story of serving in the U.S. Army and the obstacles he faced after discharge due to a life-changing, service-related injury. Chris recounted the physical and emotional turmoil upon his return to civilian life and the disconnect that ensued. He shared that it was Easterseals that brought him stability. Just as he is able to help those veterans now who need assistance for their own unique reasons.

“What this group did really went to help with transportation for several veterans, including car repairs and bus passes,” Macklin says of the cycling club’s gift. “When one of the veterans I assist faces a transportation crisis, it can lead to larger issues. It’s easy to get discouraged and lose hope. It’s great to have philanthropic dollars so that you can tell a guy, ‘Hey, we can help you with that,’ and empower them to get a job and help them keep it.”

For the cyclists, the exhilaration of biking through the streets of their hometown has evolved into something much more. Their willingness to go beyond cycling and support veterans and their families sets them apart as Easterseals heroes.

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!