Civil Rides is a series of multi-day bicycle rides that raises awareness and money for persistent rural poverty in America and the issues that stem from it. We see poverty as a modern Civil Rights issue in America. Persistent rural poverty has the most basic needs for human existence at its center: food, water, and shelter (housing). We believe that people who live in the United States should not suffer under conditions where they are simply trying to survive. All proceeds from our rides go to Together for Hope, a rural development coalition, and Out Hunger, a hunger initiative. These two organizations exemplify what it means to be agents of transformation in the area of poverty relief and development.