Good Sam Club members volunteer thousands of hours annually to help the community, participate in road cleanups, organize park beautification projects and provide assistance to fellow members. Explore the Club’s many volunteer opportunities.
Paying It Forward: Casa Del Sols Sams give back in their community
Fifty-six RVing friends make up the Casa Del Sol Sams chapter of Texas' Rio Grande Valley. Members not only share a love of RVing, they give back through volunteer service and helping others in need, from providing a medical-equipment bank with loaner crutches to sponsoring an annual fundraiser for a Texas State Veterans Home.
Last year the chapter gave a helping hand to a local family that lost everything in a house fire. Members met the family's immediate needs, providing food, supplies and clothing and contributing money to purchase beds and other home furnishings. "We help others not to receive recognition," says Chapter President Jack Cook, "but because it is the nature of those who personify the principles of Good Sam.
If you aren't a member of a Good Sam chapter, you're missing out on a chance to make friends and make a difference. Find out more about Good Sam Chapters.
Good Sam Club members have always had a soft spot for dogs, and it’s not uncommon to find our four-legged companions riding up front in the family RV. Thirty-four years ago, Good Sam members’ collective canine affection prompted us to partner with Dogs for the Deaf, a startup nonprofit with a mission of rescuing dogs and helping people. Since then, Good Sam chapters have gone all out to support what’s now North America’s oldest and largest Hearing Dog institution.
Over the years, chapters have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for this favored charity. These contributions help Dogs for the Deaf to spare the lives of shelter dogs, train them and place them free of charge with people with physical and emotional challenges.
Each year Dogs for the Deaf recognizes Good Sam’s positive impact by recognizing fundraising chapters. These are the 2014 top donating states: Oregon ($45,684), Washington ($11,168), Southern California ($7,309), Idaho ($6,960), Northern California ($5,603), Texas ($4,858), Nebraska ($4,056), Florida ($3,247),
Virginia ($2,031), and Georgia ($1,879).
Plus, eighteen individual chapters donating $1,000 or more in 2014 are recognized:
|Sam's Radio Hams, Southern California: $4,528|
Caldwell Ramblers, Idaho: $1,901
Good Sam Tundra Rollers, Alaska: $1,825
Three Rivers Sams, Washington: $1,750
Logan Valley Sams, Nebraska: $1,507
Prairie State Sams, Illinois: $1,500
Trail Dusters, Oregon: $1,330
Clackamas Campers, Oregon: $1,320
Happy Hobos, Northern California: $1,315
Polk About Sams, Oregon: $1,179|
Norwega Sams, Georgia: $1,100
Blue Mountain Sams, Oregon: $1,067
Foxchase Sams, Virginia: $1,050
Kaveman Travelers, Idaho: $1,035
Blue Mountain Sams #31, Pennsylvania: $1,000
Canyon Sams, Washington: $1,000
Good Sam Seahorses #55, Florida: $1,000
Skagit Sams, Washington: $1,000
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With summer just around the corner, it’s time for spring cleaning and the 20th annual Good Sam Club Cleanup Days. On May 16 & 17, 2015 Good Sam Club members across North America will get together to do their bit for the environment, just as they have since 1996.
Nowhere is the club’s original Good Samaritan mission more evident than at Cleanup Days. Members head out in force, not only to pick up trash, but also to prune branches, paint fences, restore hiking trails & whatever else needs to be done.
To thank members for their participation, the Good Sam Club sponsors a drawing for chapters that fill 10 or more trash bags during Cleanup Days. Each Good Sam Club family membership in the winning chapter receives a $25 Camping World merchandise certificate. To enter, email a photo of your chapter with its bulging trash bags to CleanupDays@GoodSamClub.com, along with a note letting us know where you volunteered. Entry deadline is May 31, 2015. There will be a random drawing from all entries received. Only one entry per chapter.
Good Sam Cleanup Days is sponsored by Camping World, America's largest retailer of recreational vehicles and RV supplies and services. Camping World’s over 100 locations welcome Good Sam Club members to dispose of their trash bags in their dumpsters on Cleanup Days and enjoy the weekend’s annual GrillFest celebration.
For more information, please contact your Chapter president, State or Provincial Director or email CleanupDays@GoodSamClub.com.
Have a friend nearby with Standby Sams
How handy would it be to have a good friend nearby wherever you traveled? Someone who could tell you the most scenic route to follow, things to do in the area, the most reliable place for RV repairs, or even the best sushi restaurant in town? That’s what Standby Sams do for their fellow Good Sam Club members. This North American network of almost 2,000 volunteers is ready and able to lend a helping hand and give valuable advice.
The Good Sam Club was founded on the commitment that members would help fellow members in need. And Standby Sams deliver on that promise!
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Members volunteer to take on tasks such as planting new gardens, maintaining existing landscape, building overhead shelters, cleaning up debris, manning information booths, and completing light maintenance tasks. Each park defines its own volunteer assignments.
The Club is proud of all of these dedicated Chapter and state/provincial organization volunteers. Contact your state/provincial director to get involved.
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Nearly 10,000 volunteer Good Sam Chapter members have helped clean up more than 500 miles of
highways in the United States and Canada through the Adopt-A-Highway
program. If you are interested in volunteering for this worthy cause,
contact your state or provincial director.
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