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!!!
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.