Support Route 66 non-profits with your holiday shopping

Support Route 66 with your Amazon purchases, all year round

AmazonSmile is a program by Amazon.com that enables its customers to support non-profit organizations at no cost to themselves. When you use AmazonSmile, Amazon donates a small portion of your spending to your chosen charity. Amazon prices, and your cost, remain the same!

All you need to do to participate is visit smile.amazon.com and select a charity from over one million available 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. AmazonSmile uses your normal Amazon account, with AmazonSmile branding at the top of Amazon's web pages to show that you are participating. If you have an Amazon link in your web browser or phone, you can change it from www.amazon.com to smile.amazon.com, or load Smile just before checkout if you have forgotten to do it earlier. If I put items in my shopping cart while on Amazon's regular site, and remember I should be using Amazon Smile, I just go to smile.amazon.com using a new browser window - my Amazon shopping cart shows up just the same, and then I close the old non-Smile browser window.

This is not just a Christmas promotion; AmazonSmile operates all the time. Purchases you make all year long can keep supporting your chosen charity, and you can change that charity whenever you like. I thought now would be a good time to highlight some of the many non-profit Route 66 organizations that you can support via AmazonSmile. Visit AmazonSmile directly to search for and select any of the groups below, which include most of the state-level Route 66 organizations.

The Painted Desert Trading Post is one of many Route 66 causes that you can support via AmazonSmile.

California:
California Historic Route 66 Association - headquartered in Apple Valley.
Route 66 IECA - this charity restored and runs the historic Cucamonga Service Station in Rancho Cucamonga.
California Route 66 Museum - the great Route 66 museum in Victorville.
Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association - operators of the historic restored schoolhouse and museum in Goffs.
Mt. Vernon Rte 66 Historical Society - supporting the Mt. Vernon Route 66 corridor in San Bernardino.
Daggett Historical Society - supporting the museum in Daggett.
Anul Cuwhal Santa Isabel Needles Regional Museum - local history museum on Route 66 in Needles.

Arizona:
Arizona Route 66 Association - headquartered in Kingman.
Route 66 Association of Kingman, Arizona - supporting local Route 66 efforts.
Route 66 Co-op - formed to preserve and protect the world-famous Painted Desert Trading Post, east of Holbrook (the charity is headquartered in St. Peters, MO).
Friends of Petrified Forest National Park - supporting the only National Park containing a portion of Route 66.
Mohave County Historical Society - supporting the Mohave Museum of History on Route 66 in Kingman.

New Mexico:
New Mexico Route 66 Association - Headquartered in Albuquerque.
New Mexico Route 66 Museum - in Tucumcari!
Retro-Relive the Route 66 - supporting local efforts in Edgewood.

Texas:
Old Route 66 Association of Texas - Headquartered in Amarillo.
Historical Museum of Barbed Wire & Fencing Tools - aka Devil's Rope Museum & Route 66 Museum, McLean.
Milburn - Price Culture Museum - local history on Route 66 in Vega.

Oklahoma:
Oklahoma Route 66 Association - headquartered in Chandler.
Route 66 Alliance - encouraging Route 66 in every state and working on the Route 66 Experience attraction in Tulsa.
Route 66 Village - the historical attraction at the west edge of Tulsa. 
Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum - a great car museum (with EV charging!) in Sapulpa.
Friends of the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum - supporting the great museum in Clinton.

Kansas:
Baxter Springs Historical Society - supporting their local Heritage Center & Museum.

Missouri:
Route 66 Association of Missouri - headquartered in St. Louis. 
Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society - supporting local preservation.
Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation - developing a Route 66 neon park in St. Robert.
Webster County Route 66 Initiative - supporting Webster County and Marshfield.
Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians - formed to save the endangered historic bridge near Lebanon.

Illinois:
Illinois Route 66 Heritage Project - aka Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway,  headquartered in Springfield.
Route 66 Road Ahead Initiative - a national Route 66 advocacy org based in Atlanta.
Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center - highlighting both Litchfield and Route 66.
Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County -  supporting The Mill Museum in Lincoln.
Towanda, IL Route 66 Parkway - supporting Towanda's segment of Route 66.


There are many more Route 66 organizations that can be found by simply by searching for 'Route 66' in Amazon's list. Some results are local orgs with Route 66 in the name but may not be directly related. If you know of a good one that I have not listed here, let me know and I will add it!

 
The Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association in Goffs, CA took the leap to add EV charging, and I have been trying to give a little back by supporting them with my AmazonSmile purchases.


If you are a non-profit organization that has not yet taken advantage of AmazonSmile, visit their program area at org.amazon.com to get signed up.

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