Working in the trucking industry can be a rewarding career filled with many unique experiences and opportunities. However, not everyone is cut out for it. Whether working through challenges of road conditions, load issues, equipment, weather, or personal issues, having a great support network back home can make all the difference. Sometimes, unexpected issues with children, elderly parents, accidents, sickness, or even divorce, can present barriers and come with personal costs to truck drivers and their families.
Thankfully, the trucking industry is filled with many caring people who wish to help drivers or their families who are in need. One great way to give back is through supporting the charities that are there for truckers and their families when disaster strikes. Listed below are three truck driver charities that provide important resources to truck drivers. You can review each organization's mission and decide if you may wish to support.
St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund (SCF)
SCF exists to help truckers who suffer hardship because of a current medical issue. For over ten years, SCF has been helping drivers get access to health resources and pay critical household expenses. To date, they’ve provided over $3.6 million in aid to more than 3,200 truckers.
To donate, sign up for their newsletter, or request assistance, visit their website at https://truckersfund.org/.
Meals for 18 Wheels
This charity 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. They will also help drivers who are struggling financially put food in their cupboards.
To learn more or help, find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MealsFor18Wheels.
Truckers Final Mile
This charity helps provide transportation and housing for truck drivers and families who are experiencing a major crisis. This charity can help trucker families in the unfortunate event of major health issues, severe injury, major illness, or the death of a truck driver. The charity also has special funds set aside to help drivers whose homes need to be renovated to allow for accessibility after life-changing injury or illness.
To learn more or help, find them online at http://truckersfinalmile.org/.