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Kentucky_Joe

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I am on a fact finding mission. Throwing out an idea for a Christian based charity that we are involved in. We are wondering if there are people out there who would be willing to volunteer at our charity, sorting clothes for about two hours in the morning, if you were able to stay overnight in the parking lot the night before for free. Electric would be the only amenity supplied. The location is ten minutes off the expressway exit and is about 20 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. In otherwards, are there any people out there who think if they were passing through and knew about this opportunity that they would do it. If you think you would be willing to do it, would your main motivation be to help the charity or would the motivation be to get a free overnight stay? The location is in a suburban industrial area.

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Parking lot camping IE WalMart are usually free anyway. But donating my time a few hours a week is nothing for me. Yes I would do it even if there was no overnighting if I was in the area.


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NO

When I can overnight for free at Walmart, Cracker Barrel, rest areas, etc. and use the built-in generator don't need the volunteering...




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We often volunteer and expect nothing in return. When we (my wife and I or our group of friends) volunteer in our communty we usually also contribute to the cause. Just our thing.
Offering accessable parking for RVs is a great idea. Not asking for payment for the parking is a great idea. Creating a location where contributions can be made to offest the parking expense might be a suggestion.
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I'm sure many people would but it would get more participants if it was offered longer term.

People looking for an overnight stop are usually traveling from point A to point B and don't want to waste time.

If you are in an area that people may want to visit, I'm sure some would be willing to make a commitment for a week, month, or longer. It is called workamping and many charities use workampers.


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beemerphile1 wrote:

I'm sure many people would but it would get more participants if it was offered longer term.

People looking for an overnight stop are usually traveling from point A to point B and don't want to waste time.

If you are in an area that people may want to visit, I'm sure some would be willing to make a commitment for a week, month, or longer. It is called workamping and many charities use workampers.


That's what I think too. People looking to overnight will likely just choose to stay at Walmart or some other "freebie" spot. There are plenty of free overnight spots for those really looking.

But those interested in longer stays (week, month etc.) would more than likely be prepared to work/volunteer for it.


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"The location is ten minutes off the expressway exit and is about 20 minutes from downtown Cincinnati"

That is not the safest area is it? And do you have 20 or 30 or 50 amp electric to run my AC off your electric? If it is 99% safe, you hae electric I can use and it is for a could of night, possible.

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Count me in...for two hours of helping ..certainly. I have done more, for less.


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Posted: 06/25/12 12:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kentucky Joe,

We volunteer while on the road and know several other RVers that do also. I do tend to agree that a longer term opportunity might get more response. Have you looked at how the RV Care-A-Vanners, MDS RV Program and NOMADS run their programs.

One word of caution, do your home work on applicable laws before you get too far along. Providing electric or other ammenities may be considered providing accomodations or running a campground/RV park and require compliance with applicable regulations (health, zoning, etc). Contrary to what is popularly stated on many RVing forums, inhabiting an RV overnight is NOT PARKING. We have seen organizations run a foul of the law by not taking this into consideration in advance.

Another way to go about this might be to partner with a local campground. You would recruit the volunteers to work X hours for X days, the campground gives a discount or free site which it can write off as a charitable contribution.

Good Luck with your project!!

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I'd be interested. When traveling we only travel about 4-6 hours then have time to kill when we stop for the night. Be a good use of our time in volunteering, rather than walking around WM. Certainly be less scary........

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