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 share a love of RVing, but that's just the beginning. 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—including school uniforms—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 and those of other supporters allow 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. The organization also trains dogs for working professionals to assist them with disabled students, patients and clients.
Each year Dogs for the Deaf recognizes Good Sam’s positive impact by recognizing fundraising chapters. Dogs for the Deaf’s State of Honor awards recognized cumulative chapter donations in the top five states: Washington ($12,538), Oregon ($12,261), Southern California ($8,736), Northern California ($8,213) and Texas ($4,584).
Plus, nineteen individual chapters donating $1,000 or more in 2013 are recognized:
|Sam's Radio Hams, Southern California: $6,752|
Happy Hobos, Northern California: $3,004
Three Rivers Sams, Washington: $2,800
Polk About Sams, Oregon: $2,506
Foxchase Sams, Virginia: $1,804
Payette Rovers, Idaho: $1,500
Caldwell Ramblers, Idaho: $1,345
Skagit Sams, Washington: $1,338
Tsunami Sams, Northern California: $1,501
Logan Valley Sams, Nebraska: $1,215
Trail Dusters, Oregon: $1,148|
The 79ers, Oregon: $1,143
Norwega Sams, Georgia: $1,100
Good Sam Seahorses, Florida: $1,000
Prairie State Sams, Illinois: $1,000
Blue Mountain Sams, Pennsylvania: $1,000
Get Along Sams, Washington: $1,000
Tired and Retired Sams, Washington: $1,000
Cranberry Country Cruisers, Wisconsin: $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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