Test drive fundraiser expected to raise $5K to help local veterans

Rogue Valley Veterans and Community Outreach set up a booth at Airport Chevrolet over the weekend. (KTVL/Genevieve Grippo)

A local organization and car dealership joined forces over the weekend with the mission to help veterans, one test drive at a time.

Rogue Valley Veterans and Community Outreach and Airport Chevrolet partnered to help fund RVVCO's transitional housing program for homeless veterans.

For every person that test drove a car at the dealership on Saturday or Sunday, $50 was donated to the program, up to 50 test drivers.

The fundraiser, combined with a raffle, was expected to raise about $5,000.

"Just goes to show that no matter what community you go to, there are veterans in need," said Kevin Manley, one of the test drivers and an Army veteran. "And there could be programs like this in every major city, and every small city that can help their hometown heroes."

This is the first time the dealership partnered with RVVCO. The dealership had racked up about 30 test drives as of Sunday morning.

The raffle portion of the fundraiser featured a barbecue grill, grill accessories and a $250 gift card to Cherry Street Meats. The goods were donated by Sears and Cherry Street Meets.

You can learn more about the Rogue Valley Veterans and Community Outreach by visiting their website here.

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