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!!!
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!
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'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 :)
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.