A New Van for RETREET!

$26,370 of $26.2k goal

Raised by 70 people in 1 month
Grady McGahan  DALLAS, TX
WE NEED YOU! Will you help us cover the ground to a new van? 

Alongside an impressive list of partners, RETREET redefines disaster relief by engaging communities to replant lost trees. Our programs transform moonscapes back into landscapes, re-establish a sense of environmental identity, and make devastated terrain feel like home again. There is no other agency focused on this unique work.
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Over the past 5 years, RETREETers representing 21 states and 7 countries joined thousands of local volunteers to plant 4,691 trees in 15 different communities across North America, a donation of more than 8,000 volunteer hours.

Our Planting Group During ROWLETT RETREET.

Currently, our community travels across the country in a 1988 Dodge sports van. "Big Blue" is indispensible to our operation. It delivers tools and supplies from our homebase and transports RETREETers who've flown in from across the globe. While Big Blue posesses a certain flair, we have yet to go on RETREET without a major mechanical issue debilitating our operation.

Big Blue in Lyons, Colorado.

Most recently, the Friday night of ROWLETT RETREET, all of Big Blue's electrical systems shut down. It was then too dangerous to use the rest of the weekend.

We took Big Blue to Christian Brothers Automotive the following week, anxious to give a new, highly recommended team of mechanics a shot at fixing both new and persistent issues. Upon hearing the powerful story of RETREET and the challenging mechanical history of Big Blue, the owner of Christian Brothers Automotive presented us with an AMAZING OFFER: a donation of $10,000 towards the purchase of a new van and a promise to service it, for free, in the future.

We immediately began the search for a new RETREETmobile. Luckily, it didn't take much to find one that perfectly suits our operation. With a vinyl interior, low miles, a high roof, and 15 seats, this 2015 Ford T350 has all the right stuff. The best part is, it's right here in North Texas!

We negotiated the price down to $26,000, everything included, making it a great deal. The team at Christian Brothers Automotive ran a full diagnostic test and verified that everything is in working order.

Our Potential New RETREETmobile.

So far, we've put together $16,000, including the generous donation from Christian Brothers Automotive, for the purchase of this van. That leaves a gap of $10,000 for us to fill by the end of February.

We need this van for our upcoming event, WIMBERLEY RETREET II, where residents lost thousands of ancient cypress trees along the Blanco River, and for every RETREET. Your donation will empower us to bring more trees to more people in impacted communities across North America.

TOGETHER, WE CAN DO IT!

No donation is too small — every bit helps. Please contribute if you can. Spread the word! 

*RETREET is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax deductible.

Big Blue Transports Tools and RETREETers.


Inside the New RETREETmobile - removable seats!
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Update 4
Posted by Grady McGahan
20 days ago
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THE VAN IS OURS! Thank you again to the 98 members of our incredible community who contributed to the campaign, especially Christian Brothers Automotive for making the initial $10,000 donation. What an inspiring show of support! Now, we're ready to roll to Wimberley and beyond.
Picking up the new van!
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Update 3
Posted by Grady McGahan
25 days ago
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WE DID IT! Thank you all. Because of you, RETREET will have a new van this Monday and will be ready to roll for WIMBERLEY RETREET II. Stay tuned!
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Update 2
Posted by Grady McGahan
26 days ago
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THIS IS IT! The final push. We are only $1,345 short of securing safe, reliable transportation. Christian Brothers Automotive has offered to maintain our new van going forward, so it surely will serve us well for years to come. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD about the campaign. Let this be a powerful demonstration of the strength of our community. WE ARE SO CLOSE! #crowdfunding #redefiningrelief
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Update 1
Posted by Grady McGahan
1 month ago
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EXCITING NEWS! We're less than $7,000 away from purchasing our new van. Even better, an anonymous donor has offered to MATCH ALL REMAINING DONATIONS 1-1!

A mere $3,500 stands between us and safe, reliable transportation. PLEASE MAKE a contribution today. Liking and sharing this page is helpful, but we need YOU, the person reading this, to step up. Empower us to plant more trees for more people rebuilding in the wake of disaster. Let this be an example of the power of our community.
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$26,370 of $26.2k goal

Raised by 70 people in 1 month
Created February 3, 2017
MG
$50
Miranda Gamez
24 days ago(Offline Donation)
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SG
$30
Samia Geraghty
25 days ago
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MM
$200
Mark McGahan
25 days ago
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RG
$50
Rance Greer
25 days ago
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VH
$100
Valer hendrickse
25 days ago
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Well done!

$100
Anonymous
25 days ago
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JW
$10
Jackie Wygant
25 days ago
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I think you all are awesome and appreciate what you are doing for this world.

DF
$25
Dorota Flieger
25 days ago
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KC
$200
Kathleen Clancy
26 days ago
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JB
$150
John Beecham
26 days ago
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