Volunteer—Members Giving Back

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.

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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Dogs for the Deaf.

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.