In 2001 a group of Hummer owners were having an off-road event in West Virginia, when the weather near-by took a turn for the worse. The entire area was damaged by floods, and rescue crews struggled to reach certain areas. The Hummer group volunteered to help get needed supplies where they needed to go, but were turned down by agency after agency because of liability issues. After this, a group of the owners partnered with the Red Cross and founded HOPE: Hummer Owners Prepared for Emergencies. By becoming certified in CPR, First Aid, and other first-responder training, members of HOPE become full fledged Red Cross Volunteers. Members are also required to receive an off-roading trail endorsement to ensure they know the limits of their Hummer. Should the need arise to get emergency supplies to a hard to reach area, members are called to volunteer their medical and Hummer off-roading skills. Hummer liked the idea so much they donated $6 Million to the Red Cross, along with several vehicles. This is a great group – and if you own a Hummer, you should think about volunteering your time. Most volunteering would be in your state and community should the need arise – further training and registration is required to deploy to disasters outside of your state (i.e. living in Texas and deploying to the region affected by Hurricane Katrina). Check out HOPE’s new website for all the details. They have a great video on the home page, and a good FAQ section for those interested in finding out more.