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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Crime & Law, Family Counseling, Foster Care, Mental Health, Mental Health Disorders, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: Being dependent on God, Rawhide's mission is to develop beneficial environments so at-risk and delinquent youth and their families can build healthy, life-changing relationships, and become responsible individuals.

Results: A study done by Dr. Frank Cummings, a Clinical Psychologist, documented a 73% success rate for Rawhide producing sustained positive outcomes in the lives of court-referred youth six months after discharge. Vehicle and cash donations help fund our programs.

Target demographics: At-risk youth and their families

Geographic areas served: Wisconsin

Programs: Residential care for troubled youth, family and individual counseling, equine therapy, education, summer camps, community service, and work experience training for troubled youth.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2014, the East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, located in Kingston, Tennessee, was in desperate need of a fire engine to replace a broke down unit we had. We are a rural volunteer department with extremely limited funding, that covers 92 square miles. There were also unique requirements and challenges that needed to be met, like the ability to fit in a small station, navigate narrow country roads, carry a significant amount of water and easy to operate by any member. One evening, while looking on eBay, we found this 1979 Ford fire truck up for auction through Rawhide Boys Ranch. We won the bid at $1,320. One of our members flew up to Wisconsin to pick up the truck and drive it back to Tennessee. Our assistant chief went to the Rawhide Boys Ranch and was pretty impressed with the facility, the people and the programs they had up there. What really sealed the deal was Rawhide's "opt out" clause. If the buyer wasn't happy with the purchase, they could simply walk away from the deal and Rawhide would resell the vehicle. It was impressive to find out that 100% of the sale proceeds went to Rawhide Boys Ranch. The staff at Vehicle Sales were over the top! The truck wouldn't start, and when they found out it was being taken back to Tennessee to be put back into service, they went all out to help us get the truck running. By the end of the day, we pulled out of Rawhide Boys Ranch with our new fire truck. Two days later, we were back home in Tennessee, backing the truck into its new home at our Station #2 in the Cave Creek community. This truck is a tremendous piece of equipment we sorely needed. It has done a great job of serving the community and protecting lives. It's great to know that Rawhide was able to help us find a good fire truck. In turn, our purchase helped them! We want to thank the Rawhide Boys Ranch for helping us to continue to protect our community and citizens. THANKS!!!

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RawhideInc You are very welcome. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story! We are very grateful the fire truck is serving you so well and proud to be a small part of the Cave Creek community in Tennessee! Thank you for all you do in serving your people there!

Dan_51

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Rating: 5

I purchased a vehicle from Rawhide Inc. The description was spot on and the Staff were very helpful. Great to know that the money from the sale goes directly to fund this awesome nonprofit!
Regards,
Dan Thurber
Fort Frances,
Ontario
Canada

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RawhideInc 10/30/2017

Thank you so much for supporting Rawhide from Canada! You are making a difference in the lives of our youth and we truly appreciate it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I purchased a pontoon boat from Rawhide,When I went to pick it up I notice the axle on the trailer was bent quite badly.I tried to straighten the axle but was very difficult.One of the workers in the garage suggested we use their front end loader to get under the trailer and bend the axle straight with the forks.It worked perfect and was able to pick the boat home with no problem. This company does wonderful work with the youth and deserve a high rating for what they do.I wish we had a outfit like that in Canada for troubled youth. Good outfit and really great employees.
Thank you
Darby

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RawhideInc 10/30/2017

We are extremely happy that you are satisfied with your purchase and our service! Thank you very much for your support. Happy pontooning!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Smooth transaction, set up pickup with manager. Test drove vehicle on property prior to payment.
It did need repairs not found in the inspector report.
I would buy from them again.

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RawhideInc 10/25/2017

Thank you for taking time to write a review. We truly appreciate your support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have purchased two boats over the past 4 years. Excellent service both were above and beyond description. Bought both sight unseen and would do it again. Excellent deals and a great cause.

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RawhideInc 10/25/2017

Thank you so much for supporting Rawhide! Every purchase makes a difference in helping our youth.

Donor

Rating: 5

WE DONATED A PICKUP. THE TOW DRIVER WAS EXTREMLY COURTEOUS, FRIENDLY AND PLEASANT TO GET ALONG WITH. Everyone at Rawide seemed to have one objective, helping others. Couldn,t ask to have delt with finer associates. Thankyou Rawhide.

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RawhideInc 10/25/2017

Thank you for your kind comments! We do love helping others. And your donation has helped others too, so thank you!

Jeff F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I purchased a car off of their E-bay store, and was completely happy with the outcome.
very helpful staff, they handled everything!
Even the ride up to Rawhide was very scenic.

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RawhideInc 10/25/2017

Thank you so much for your purchase and for supporting Rawhide! We are fortunate to reside in a very beautiful area and are glad you were able to enjoy it!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated my husband Bill's 18 yo Pontiac van after he died on May 30, 2017. It was so easy -- a flatbed truck came to pick it up, going to a terrific cause. My brother suggested Rawhide and he was absolutely on target ! I recommend this to anyone.

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RawhideInc 10/25/2017

Thank you so much for donating your husband's vehicle to Rawhide. We are very appreciative that you considered us during a difficult time. We strive to make the process easy and we thank you for your support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I purchased a 17ft fishing boat based upon their description and survey. The transaction was seamless and handled professionally. Upon putting the boat into service, I found it far exceeded their conservative appraisal resulting in the best purchase I have made in decades. They even helped post sale with securing title for the trailer. Anyone contemplating a purchase from Rawhide Inc can do so with upmost confidence.

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RawhideInc 10/25/2017

Thank you so much for your kind review. We truly appreciate your support and your confidence in us! Have a wonderful day!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated 2 vehicles in the past few years, and both times they where super.
Came when they said they would, and worked around my schedule.
Very professional and friendly. I would not hesitate to work with them again, and all for a good cause!!!

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RawhideInc 10/24/2017

Thank you for the great review. We love what we do!

Connie M. W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last spring I purchased a Honda, Gold Wing from Rawhide. I was a bit impatient and arrived at the facility to conclude the purchase earlier than expected. The bike was in great condition and was exactly as advertised.
There was an issue finding the keys which delayed our departure long enough for us to enjoy lunch in the dining area. There was a large buffet with many tasty options. We were able to chat with members of the staff and witness the interaction between the young men and those who were mentoring and leading them. There seemed to be many people of faith who loved what they are doing to change lives. I recommend everyone who purchases a vehicle at Rawhide to loose their keys for a while and spend a bit of time actually seeing what Rawhide Boys Ranch is all about.

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RawhideInc 10/24/2017

Thank you for your awesome review. It is nice to hear that a little inconvenience turned out to be a benefit to you! Thank you so much for your support and for being a part of our day here at the Ranch!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I purchased a boat from Rawhide and they were fantastic. From the purchase to arranging for transportation, to having issues with my state registering the trailer and providing me with certified bill of sales, the Rawhide Staff was very understanding and extremely helpful. They had 4 transport services of which I use one that was very quick and helpful. The Rawhide staff help with all paperwork, and licensing issues and responded to any and all communications very quickly. I highly recommend Rawhide as a ethical seller who provides much needed services to our youth!

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RawhideInc 10/24/2017

Thank you for your support and for taking time to write a review. We truly appreciate your kind words! We couldn't do what we do without help from people like you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I couldn't have been happier with my transaction. I bought an MG to restore. The car is in rough shape; but it was exactly as described! It took about 15 minutes to pay and receive the title. The staff could not have been nicer and were genuinely pleased that I was helping "the boys". When I got out into the yard, I started trying to figure out how I was going to get the car on the trailer by myself. I heard a piece of heavy equipment start up and saw a front end loader with 20 foot forks coming toward the car. In barely a minute, the car was sitting perfectly centered on my trailer. All I had to do was tie it down!
For a guy who grew up in the 60s, the Bart Starr exhibition was almost worth a trip by itself.
I'm thrilled that my money will help out.
Brian Murphy

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RawhideInc 10/24/2017

Thank you so much, Brian, for helping us in our mission to assist at-risk youth and their families! Each and every transaction makes such a difference and we value our relationship with people like you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I bought a nice used boat from Rawhide. They were very helpful in describing the boat and its features. They helped get it hitched to the truck and made sure it would survive the 2,000 mile trip from Wisconsin to New Mexico. I was very pleased with their attention to detail and would certainly buy from them again!

John Gillis
Santa Fe, NM

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RawhideInc 10/24/2017

Thank you so much, John, for supporting us from the great state of New Mexico! We are thrilled to touch lives all across the country!

Donor

Rating: 5

Donated our boat and trailer and had a great experience. Was shocked that Bart Starr helped found rawhide with his Cherrie. Will include rawhide in our estate plans

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RawhideInc 10/24/2017

Thank you so much for supporting Rawhide! Yes, the Starrs have been huge supporters from the beginning! If you haven't already, be sure to check out our Bart and Cherry Starr Museum right here at Rawhide.

jstokdyk

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Rawhide Boys Ranch staff were helpful and their service was professional and efficient. Great people.

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RawhideInc 10/23/2017

Thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate your review!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I purchased an 18' sailboat and the entire experience was first-rate. No hassle, all the paperwork was in order, and the boat was in much better condition than what I expected. I would purchase another vehicle from them anytime.

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RawhideInc 10/23/2017

Thank you for supporting Rawhide and for taking time to write a review! We are glad to be part of your great experience.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Great experience dealing Rawhide Inc. , from start to finish contact staff and they worked with me in getting my item delivered. Boat was purchased cant wait to get another one !!!! I check this site daily for great deals and away to donate to a great cause !!!

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RawhideInc 10/23/2017

Thank you so much for sharing your great experience! We truly appreciate your support.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and my experience started a number of years ago. We first donated a dirt bike. Then donated our ten year old 22' Bayliner rather than sell it. We delivered it to camp. The staff took us on a tour of this fine facility and explained operations. When I ,as a Legionnaire,was working at Camp American Legion Rawhide had a crew at Legion Camp doing volunteer work. I was so impressed with the crews work ethic and discipline. In the past 15 years we have also donated a Suburban and GMC pickup. I was one of those troubled kids many years ago. There wasn't an organization like this then. We want to be sure of their continued success into the future.

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RawhideInc 10/23/2017

Thank you so much for your donations and continued support. We couldn't accomplish our mission without people like you, and we are truly grateful for your caring ways .

1 Boyd I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I live in Northern Ireland and getting on in years my mid-live crisis was that I wanted the first motorcycle I ever owned a 1975 Suzuki 125 TS (Like Hens Teeth this side of the pond) So whilst browsing the web one night I cam across one of Ebay USA being sold by Rawhide. This was the exact Model I was looking for right down to the colour of the one I originally owned.
No Stopping me now I contact Rawhide and asked if they would take an international bid and they agreed that would - I won and was more than impressed with the help and assistance of the Staff at Rawhide bearing in mind I had to arrangement-up and transport back to Ireland. I cannot praise the staff at Rawhide enough fro their patience and help in this matter and I would thoroughly recommend them to any one.

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RawhideInc 10/23/2017

We are thrilled you were able to find the motorcycle you were looking for! Thank you, Boyd, for sharing your story and for supporting Rawhide from Northern Ireland!