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!!!
This is sick!!!!! What the heck is going on at this place?! Many people are starting to come forward about their issues with Rawhide and this is just awful!!!! Where is the staff? Where is the confidentiality agreements?? This is not a helpful place at all!
Rawhide does such amazing work with our youth. They have one of the most beautiful campuses and also now they are working with both males and females. Keep up the great work.
Just simply amazing how over the years Rawhide continues to improve and how they are able to help thousands of youth and their families. Keep up the amazing work.
Thank you so much for your support! We appreciate you very much.
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!
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.
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.
We are extremely happy that you are satisfied with your purchase and our service! Thank you very much for your support. Happy pontooning!
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.
Thank you for taking time to write a review. We truly appreciate your support!
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.
Thank you so much for supporting Rawhide! Every purchase makes a difference in helping our youth.
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.
Thank you for your kind comments! We do love helping others. And your donation has helped others too, so thank you!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Thank you so much for your kind review. We truly appreciate your support and your confidence in us! Have a wonderful day!
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!!!
Thank you for the great review. We love what we do!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Santa Fe, NM
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!
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
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.
The Rawhide Boys Ranch staff were helpful and their service was professional and efficient. Great people.
Thank you so much for your kind words. We appreciate your review!
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.
Thank you for supporting Rawhide and for taking time to write a review! We are glad to be part of your great experience.
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 !!!
Thank you so much for sharing your great experience! We truly appreciate your support.
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.
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 .
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.
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!
I've purchased 3 vehicles over the years from Rawhide. Their assessment of the cars condition is always accurate, I've been pleasantly surprised on all 3 purchases. Plus, the money is going to a terrific cause. Keep up the great work, Rawhide!
Thank you for your support of Rawhide! We are glad you've had great experiences!
Great organization serving the teen boys and girls(?) in the State of Wisconsin. Glad to know there are people who want to help teens who are in a rough spot in their lives. Thanks Rawhide for what you do!!
Oh, and your fish fry is great too! :)
Thank you for taking time to write a great review! We are probably best known for serving boys, but (yes) we do serve girls in our outpatient counseling centers as well as our foster care program.
I have purchased items from them and find them an outstanding seller. Very personable and an extremely good cause. I would recommend this organisation without hesitation to anyone. Donate to, purchase from, and support Rawhide......you can be 100% confident that your support is not misplaced.
Thank you so much for your kind words and continued support! We take pride in our mission of helping at-risk youth and families. We couldn't do it without caring people like you!
In a period of 3-years, I've had the opportunity to purchase a snowmobile & a small runabout - speed boat from Rawhide, nonprofit. The transaction, and communication - in my experience - were top notch, when I visited the Ranch to pick up my purchase I was more impressed with their operation. The internet fund raising site is a very small, yet integral part of the greater service they provide. The history museum in the office area tells a great story of why they exist. Weather you are looking to buy or donate from/to Rawhide I feel your transaction is very worthwhile, The children they support are truly the benefactors, as a matter of fact, I feel they are doing something so noble, a cash contribution would also be very worthwhile.
Rawhide Boys Ranch, a 5-star nonprofit.
Thank you, Curt, for your wonderful review! We are glad you've had the opportunity to purchase from us and also see our facilities. We appreciate your support very much!
had a perfect, fast experience... and was able to support a great cause....
Every purchase or donation helps support our great cause of helping at-risk youth and families. Thank you for being part of that support, David!
I'm an alumni of Rawhide. I was a boy there nearly 10 years ago. And even after a decade I still remember the lessons they taught me every single day. Without Rawhide I'd probably be in prison right now, instead I'm a hard-working husband and father living my dream. Thanks Rawhide
You're welcome Johnathon! Thank you for such kind words. We're so happy to hear about your continued success. Keep up the amazing work!
I've been aware of Rawhide for all the years of their existence and have been regularly donating to them for over 35 years. The work they do to push young men to recognize their own potential and set their lives on a path to success is truly remarkable.
Rawhide is proud to use Christian principles in their program even though there have been several attempts over the years to damage them financially for adhering to this mission.
The records show that the young men who participate in Rawhide's programs are more likely to remain out of the justice system. Rawhide's successful model should be studied and repeated!
Thank you so much for leaving such a kind review! We're so grateful for your continuing support and for your praise! God bless you.
Rawhide is the best non profit I've ever seen! Helped so many troubled youth become great men and community members. I should know because I am one of those men because of Rawhide. I was there from 97-99 and am a huge supporter. Life is amazing and God is great! 5☆☆☆☆☆ for Rawhide! The proceeds go for a great cause :)
Thank you so much for your kind words, Kenneth! We're glad we were able to help guide you on a great path years ago and are always happy to hear from you. Thank you again :)
These guys are doing good work and deserve respect. They always follow through on contests. Great stuff keep up the work that you do or whatever. Wooooooooooooo
Thank you for the kind words, William. We appreciate you taking time to leave us a review!
We where Iola car show a nd put in for somee of your prize was called and said we won tire proudcs. Never received productss and never heard from you people again. That is not a very good way to run a contest and hen not send products .
Hello, We're very sorry to hear you haven't received your prize. Unfortunately, we did not give away any tire products at the Iola Car Show. We did just call the car show to ask about the situation and they do still have the tire products you won. They will be trying to contact you very shortly through phone and email to help resolve this issue for you. If there's anything else we can do for you please let us know. We're more than happy to help you resolve this issue.
My husband and I were houseparents for almost 14 years at Rawhide...I am now now a widow and live alone. I had a call this morning from one of our former boys checking on how I am doing...what a blessing for me.ho
Thank you so much for the kind review, Janet! We are so grateful you took the time today to help us.
Rawhide was an answer to our prayers. Our son attended Rawhide from the age of 15-16.5. Every person we came in contact with demonstrated a strong faith and a caring desire to help our son. Our son is now 21 and on a positive path. Rawhide was very instrumental in this. My parents donated a vehicle after seeing what the organization did for their grandson. They had a positive experience with the donation.
Approximately ten years ago I had the opportunity to tour the Rawhide campus and was completely awestruck with the facility, staff and most importantly the young men they serve. We were able to hear and see first hand how they had changed the life of a young man whom was graduating from the program. A young man that without the help of Rawhide was destined to life on the streets or prison. Honestly this was one of the most powerful experiences of my life. I have supported Rawhide since both as a volunteer and financially. If presented the opportunity take the tour, chances are it will change your life as well.
Thank you so much for this amazing review! We're so glad you came out to tour and were able to meet a young man and see the impact we were able to make in his life. Thank you so much for your support through the years. Words do not state how grateful we are.
I have known about Rawhide since it's inception almost 50 years ago when it was established by John and Jan Gillespie. Even before that time, they worked unselfishly with youth to give them purpose and meaning as well as providing spiritual needs. I have know some of those that lead and direct the programs at Rawhide as well as those that carry on day to day functions. I am 100% certain the efforts made by all these people are sincere and fully supportive in meeting the mission statement adopted by Rawhide . I donate by regular bank drafts monthly and only wish that I could donate a lot more. Living nearby I see the difference in the boys and that makes me so grateful that Rawhide exists.
We are so grateful you took the time to leave such an amazing review! From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for helping raise awareness for Rawhide.
I have lived within a short drive of Rawhide all my life. I had a cousin that was a troubled teen and was a member at Rawhide some years ago. It was very impressive to see the change in his life after spending time at Rawhide. It completely changed his life. I have been a donor for many years because I truly believe that what they are doing for troubled youths is invaluable. These kids have a second chance at life because of the Love and Care they receive at Rawhide. Keep up the Exceptional work.
Wow! Thank you so much for the fantastic review. We genuinely appreciate your kind words and for you taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. Bless you.
A faith-based Christian setting where at-risk youth are given something they've probably never experienced before - love and grace. A second chance to turn their lives around, to be shown their lives "count," and know the joy of a life surrendered to Jesus Christ.
It's truly a wonderful atmosphere where they can learn many tools & develop skills to navigate the real world. Rawhide is a campus made up of people and employees who truly care about what they do, all centered around a common goal which is to emulate the love of Christ to the boys!
Thank you so much for leaving such a wonderful comment. We really appreciate you taking time to help us raise awareness for our organization!
Rawhide is local and has such a great reputation with longstanding results. Forever nurturing lives to become well rounded citizens and future leaders of their chosen communities.
Thank you so much for the wonderful comment! We genuinely appreciate you taking the time to leave such kind words :)
Rawhide has a long, established history of helping young men get on a safe and healthy life path. They do difficult work and help guys who really need it. It's a difficult, but much needed service Rawhide provides for many boys.
We have had 2 cars that were not needed by our family. The cars had some issues and were not of great value to us. We donated to Rawhide in a simple and quick manner. It was easy, the cars were picked up and we could use the value for our taxes. We are gratified that Rawhide will obtain value and put the money to good use. We will always use Rawhide for donations.
Thank you so much for the kind words Cyndi! We are incredibly grateful you took the time to share your story and helped spread the word of Rawhide. Thank you.
Donating my vehicle to Rawhide was easy and, amazingly, convenient. I spent a few minutes on their web site researching what was involved. The site clearly outlined the process and described what I needed to do. I then made one phone call and the Rawhide representative gathered all of the information. That was it. A tow truck came to my home a few days later (a date that was convenient for me, not the towing firm) and took the car away. I chose to donate my vehicle to Rawhide because I feel strongly about the work they are doing with young men who are motivated to make positive changes in their lives.
We have donated 3 items to Rawhide over the past few years. In one case when we donated a popup camper we delivered it to Rawhide. When we arrived, a Saturday, one of the teachers offered to give us a tour of the entire Rawhide campus. Needless to say it was great. Rawhide does a great job and it really is a wonderful place. If you ever get a chance, go and see the campus you will not forget Rawhide again. Also, keep donating items they need them
I found out about Rawhide Boys Ranch when I was just a teen, even before they opened the doors. Little did I know I would need this program for my son 30 year later. In trying to get my son into this program, I even tried to start this program in the Milwaukee County, just before they finally did sign the contract for Rawhide, called OKKids Corral. Eventually, when I did find out they did sign the contract, we changed the gender to be helped for girls. Eventually we did, through prayers, got my son into the Rawhide program. They where Awesome with him & cared so much for him that he then turned around and through the chances of speaking about Rawhide, was able to help others. Was one of the Keynote speakers for the Governor's Conference on Volunteerism in 1997 & the Only one that had a Standing Ovation.
My son did have his ups & downs in LIFE after graduating from Rawhide, but he always Loved the care he received from them. My son still had one "demon" he just couldn't kick & he took his Life just this last April, 2014. Even then, those that knew Nick while he was there showed me & his wife concern by coming to his funeral!! Pag & Rog Hermsen came to pay their respects to Nick! It was Awesome to see them!! God Bless them & Rawhide Boys Ranch for caring so much for my son!!
Have donated repeatedly to Rawhide and they have always operated in the most professional manner possible. I also have personally known various members of the staff who have worked there from time to time and have always felt they have chosen very good people to work for the operation. That shows in their performance and success!
I attended rawhide as a troubled youth. My life has never been the same.help me build a solid foundation in my life.helped me with school to further my education.even filled my fridge with food. Words can not dedcibe the good they can do in peoples lives.please support this loving organisation.with out them kids may fall through the cracks and never find there way out.thank you rawhide
In the last 7 or 8 years that I have been involved, first as a consultant, and then a board member, I am very much impressed with the dedication of staff and board members to help change the lives of these young men. The expertise of the staff and the loving surrounding they are nurtured in, helps the young men realize that good does exist out in society and that they are indeed a very special child of God and they are loved. The young men we get today are more damaged than ever, and need Rawhides help and also their families.
I have donated twice to Rawhide and both times very happy with the results. I donated a van and also a older motorhome. Would tell everyone that it's a very good way to recycle a vehicle that they are not using anymore and help a great cause.
My business has worked with Rawhide since the beginning of the vehicle donation program as a drop off location. I have also made yearly financial gifts. I have found Rawhide to be one of the best organizations we are involved in - I have found the staff to be giving, caring and dedicated to the youth they serve. Rawhide changes the lives of the troubled youth and the families they serve. Rawhide serves the youth and surrounding communities in such a positive way that we are honored to help support their mission.
My husband and I live in Lacrosse, WI. We had a "well-used" car that we were interested in donating to Rawhide if they were interested in coming this far for it. We were prepared to wait a while, but even during a holiday week, they were here within 3 days ! It was a very easy process : I called and spoke with a woman who took down all the details, explained the process to me, and said I would hear from the driver soon. I heard from the driver scheduler that same day, and the car was taken within 3 days ! It was a very easy process....we got a receipt for taxes, and they/Rawhide were most grateful. It really felt good to help - and it helped us too (not having the hassle of advertising, selling, etc.). We highly recommend this to anyone.
My wife and I have been Rawhide volunteers for 33 years. During that time, we have donated two vehicles, made frequent financial gifts, and devoted numerous hours in support of Rawhide's mission. For us, the mission of changing young lives, from troubled youth into responsible citizens, is vitally important to the future of our country. Rawhide is a blessing to the boys and families they serve. We can think of no better place to offer our time, effort and financial support than Rawhide Boys Ranch.
I offered my 1993 Ford Explorer to Rawhide - they picked it up and returned it two days later with no explanation other than, "We don't need it at this time." Yes, I had the paperwork in order. So I called the American Diabetes Association. They picked it up, no questions or problems.
Over the past 20 years, I have donated several vehicles to Rawhide. The process is easy and a lot less hassle than attempting to sell. The tax write off helps, but the true value comes with the satisfaction of helping support a most worthy organization and their ongoing work.