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« on: November 22, 2013, 01:00:06 PM »

I've noticed that some of the other clubs I do motorsport activities with are actively involved with some kind of charity work.  The club usually selects one or two particular charities for a given year, and then provides a few fun opportunities throughout the season for members to donate.

First Settlers' region of the Porsche club, for example, currently partners with the Boys Home of Covington and the Southeastern VA Food Bank.    http://fsrpca.org/charities/our-charities.html    They offer things like charity laps at VIR (where the cash you pay for a few laps goes directly to the charity).  They also do charity-specific events, such as the Turkeys in the Trunk going on this weekend where people stuff food in their Porsches for the food bank.  And at our annual meeting last month someone brought up the idea of getting a group together to work on a Habitat for Humanity house.  So basically, stuff that club members enjoy that also benefits the charity in some way.

I know this club has sometimes made donations, usually for a particular need at a particular time.
I was wondering if there is any interest in being more organized about it, by selecting a specific charity for the season and then designating a couple of events (could be a regular autocross or even a separate non-autocross event) that would result in a donation to that organization.  We could actively partner with the organization, or we could simply decide amongst ourselves where the donation will go and then just deliver a check after the event.  Lots of options.

Anyway - just wanted to open up a discussion, find out what charities folks might be interested in supporting, or clever ideas for events to generate donations.

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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 03:57:13 PM »

I've noticed that some of the other clubs I do motorsport activities with are actively involved with some kind of charity work.  The club usually selects one or two particular charities for a given year, and then provides a few fun opportunities throughout the season for members to donate.

First Settlers' region of the Porsche club, for example, currently partners with the Boys Home of Covington and the Southeastern VA Food Bank.    http://fsrpca.org/charities/our-charities.html    They offer things like charity laps at VIR (where the cash you pay for a few laps goes directly to the charity).  They also do charity-specific events, such as the Turkeys in the Trunk going on this weekend where people stuff food in their Porsches for the food bank.  And at our annual meeting last month someone brought up the idea of getting a group together to work on a Habitat for Humanity house.  So basically, stuff that club members enjoy that also benefits the charity in some way.

I know this club has sometimes made donations, usually for a particular need at a particular time.
I was wondering if there is any interest in being more organized about it, by selecting a specific charity for the season and then designating a couple of events (could be a regular autocross or even a separate non-autocross event) that would result in a donation to that organization.  We could actively partner with the organization, or we could simply decide amongst ourselves where the donation will go and then just deliver a check after the event.  Lots of options.

Anyway - just wanted to open up a discussion, find out what charities folks might be interested in supporting, or clever ideas for events to generate donations.

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At BRR, our last autocross of the year is a non-points charity event. We give everything we make (after expenses) to a local charity, usually the food bank.  Because the trophy races have been settled it is a low key fun event. We always leave time for fun runs at the end to make a little extra money. It really is an almost no extra effort way to do some good in the community.

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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2013, 04:16:16 PM »

In years past we have held charity events, or made contributions to The Ronald McDonald House, The Heart Fund, Hurricane Katrina victims, among others. There are articles/photos about them in the club scrapbooks.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2013, 06:51:25 PM »

I've noticed that some of the other clubs I do motorsport activities with are actively involved with some kind of charity work.  The club usually selects one or two particular charities for a given year, and then provides a few fun opportunities throughout the season for members to donate.

First Settlers' region of the Porsche club, for example, currently partners with the Boys Home of Covington and the Southeastern VA Food Bank.    http://fsrpca.org/charities/our-charities.html    They offer things like charity laps at VIR (where the cash you pay for a few laps goes directly to the charity).  They also do charity-specific events, such as the Turkeys in the Trunk going on this weekend where people stuff food in their Porsches for the food bank.  And at our annual meeting last month someone brought up the idea of getting a group together to work on a Habitat for Humanity house.  So basically, stuff that club members enjoy that also benefits the charity in some way.

I know this club has sometimes made donations, usually for a particular need at a particular time.
I was wondering if there is any interest in being more organized about it, by selecting a specific charity for the season and then designating a couple of events (could be a regular autocross or even a separate non-autocross event) that would result in a donation to that organization.  We could actively partner with the organization, or we could simply decide amongst ourselves where the donation will go and then just deliver a check after the event.  Lots of options.

Anyway - just wanted to open up a discussion, find out what charities folks might be interested in supporting, or clever ideas for events to generate donations.

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Sounds like to me you just volunteered to make this charity event happen!

I'll be glad to help out

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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2013, 07:08:22 PM »

Sounds like to me you just volunteered to make this charity event happen!

I'll be glad to help out
Gunny


Not looking for volunteers.... yet!   Smiley

For now, just trying to get some ideas on what WE as a club might like to do.

(Otherwise it's one person doing something and just sticking a VMSC logo on it.)



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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2013, 10:30:30 PM »

Why don't we start by collecting unwrapped new toys for Toys for Tots at the annual meeting on 12/19. Since the date is so late, we would have t take the toys to 6000 Strathmore Road. I can help with that.

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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2013, 11:13:55 AM »

I used to be part of a volunteer oganization who would set up rest stops for events like MS Society Walk/Bike challenges, or MDA events. The events usually host a wide range of either walkers/cyclists who would go various number of distances, all in an effort to raise money and awareness for the cause.

Along the way, various volunteer groups would setup rest stops to support the participants. These groups in particular would have a theme to their stop, and incorporate anything from games, funny skits, music, and other various entertainment, along with giving out snacks, fruit, water, etc. (usually provided by the event). The most important thing was to cheer everyone on, and congratulate them on a job well done!

These events are SO much fun for everyone! It might be something for us to look into, I could see this group doing well at these events.
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