1) Where do my dues go? What do you do with the money?
This is a great question – annual dues to organizations can add up quite quickly. Selecting and joining an organization is a process in which you must examine how the organization is using your money and leveraging their membership for the greater cause.
Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery is a 501c3 non profit organization. This means that no member of the organization benefits financially from the business of such and that our work is done in the community as a charitable cause. Dues money allows us to provide a FREE service to our clients and to cover operational expenses, including:
Web development and domain names
Decal production for our members
Handheld radios for members
Training curriculum development
Training classes (student fees are covered for advanced members)
2) Why don’t you do recoveries on county/state roads?
Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery was founded as a non profit organization in June of 2016. Part of this process included creating a mission statement to define the scope of the organization. The decision was made to focus on forest service roads and 4×4 trails in the state as most county roads can easily be addressed with traditional towing services. Our niche has always been to fall into that space between towing companies and search and rescue. It’s where we can put our resources, knowledge, and abilities to best use. Our mission statement can be found in its section off our homepage for reference.
3) Can I upgrade my membership during the year or do I have to wait until I renew?
Absolutely! We’d love to get you on board in whichever level is the best fit for you. Joining as a basic member allows you to get the feel for the organization and learn more about what we do. You can always upgrade your membership to advanced – simply apply for that membership and pay the difference in dues upon acceptance.
4) Can I still help with recoveries that are run through other groups?
We love to see our members involved in all aspects of our community. While we do not restrict our members from helping with other recoveries, we do remind them that the training they have received has been specifically tailored to our recovery needs and standards. Other groups may have different approaches and requirements that need to be followed on their activities.
Specific skills may cross over, but please keep in mind, Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery has no responsibility for recoveries that we did not manage, regardless of whether or not members of our organization were participants.
5) Can I represent Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery on recoveries run by other groups and organizations? How about to someone broken down of the side of a public highway?
Again we love to see our members assisting the community and getting involved with multiple organizations, clubs, and groups. It should, however be noted that under no circumstance should a member use his or her position or status as a member of Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery to convince someone to let them assist in a recovery which Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery is not managing. Nor should a member position themselves as representing Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery on any activity being managed by another group of individual.
6) Do we get discounts from suppliers for parts and equipment?
Yes! We have partnered with many companies this year, please visit the sponsor page for more details.
7) My club would like do join, is there a club membership to Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery?
Yes, we do offer club level memberships. Details can be found under the membership section on this website.
8) Do my dues help support State and National Organizations?
While no amount of money from your dues is given to any other organization directly, Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery works closely with many organizations throughout the state to provide assistance through our services and membership. Maintaining solid, effective relationships with these organizations benefits all 4wd organizations and allows us to give back to our community.
9) Are my dues tax deductible?
While you may be able to deduct portions of your dues from your income tax, Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery is not in a position to provide tax advice for its members. We suggest talking with a tax professional before making any changes to your regular tax filing.
10) Do I get reimbursed for gas money if I participate in a recovery?
This question falls very closely with the last. While Colorado 4×4 Rescue and Recovery does not reimburse members for gas expenses, you may be able to deduct expenses and mileage from your income taxes. Please consult with your tax professional prior to making any changes to your regular tax filing.
11) Why do we have to pay to volunteer?
We wish to emphasize that no one has to pay to volunteer. Joining and becoming a member is encouraged and is about investing in the works of this organization, access to classes, and impacting how the organization is run and managed.
12) Arn’t you a 501(c)(3) nonnprofit? How can you charge for dues and classes while maintaining this status?
We are in fact a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. What this means is that we have formed for non profit purposes under state law, and we are organized and operated exclusively for one or more exempt purposes.
Our mission to provide free recovery services, support local agencies when high clearance vehicles are needed, and to advocate for proper trail use is what allows us to remain 501(c)(3) So long as our proceeds are used in a manner that supports this charitable and public purposes, we retain our 501c3 status.
First place our money goes is back into the organization to help further our mission of serving the community by providing a free recovery service to the public on service roads and 4×4 trails in Colorado. Operational costs, training development and student fees for each advanced member (this one is big), as well as other fees really bring those 160$ dues down quite low by the time everything is paid for.
The 160$ dues for an advanced member are about much more than being picked first, in fact the only time this will come into play is choosing a recovery lead for a given incident. These members will receive training as part of their dues, will be the most qualified and safest for us to lean into when leading recoveries.
Additionally the advanced membership is about getting involved at a top level of the organization. Advanced members are able to serve on both the advisory council, and the Board of Directors (through an application process). This gives advanced members a direct way to impact the way the organization runs and goes about its business. They will also be eligible for positions coordinating with local agencies on special projects, again boiling down to guaranteed training and a vested interest in the success of the organization.