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Motorhome Owners Group Gives Back To The Community

When Family Motor Coach Association members depart Wyoming at the end of the group's upcoming convention, they will leave behind a lasting legacy by way of several charitable programs.  The Cincinnati-based international motorhome owners group will host its 88th Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase at CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities, June 19-22, 2013. The association has made it a goal to give back to the communities it visits for its conventions.

• Many RVers are involved in the activities of Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide. In fact, FMCA even has a chapter whose members donate their time and talents throughout the year by participating in Habitat for Humanity builds. The group often schedules builds near conventions and rallies that FMCA hosts. The chapter is scheduled to participate in a two-week build in Custer, South Dakota, in cooperation with the Rapid City, South Dakota, Habitat for Humanity affiliate following the Gillette convention. Weather permitting, the owners of the 10 motorhomes participating in this build will frame the house; add the roof and shingles; install the siding, windows, and doors; and have the house ready to lock up before they depart. FMCA members will be able to make donations for future builds at the Habitat booth located in the FMCA Information Center in the Wyoming Center Lobby beginning on Wednesday, June 19, or by mailing a check to FMCA, c/o Round Up Programs, 8291 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45244. Make checks payable to FMCA and note that the donation specifically is for Habitat for Humanity. All contributions received will be donated in FMCA's name to Habitat for Humanity; no administrative fees will be retained by FMCA.

• A group of Family Motor Coach Association members who enjoy quilting have been stitching special gifts to leave behind in Gillette.  The FMCA On-Road Quilters will donate children's quilts to a local organization for distribution. Based on past motorhome conventions, Arlene Kaminski, the Family Motor Coach Association member who coordinates this effort, expects that FMCA members will bring along and donate some 40 to 50 quilts.  The quilts will be on display at the FMCA Information Center in the Wyoming Center Lobby from 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21, to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. This has become an FMCA tradition and is one means of leaving something behind in the community.

• During the convention, used eyeglasses will be donated by FMCA members as a way of supporting the Lions' Foundation Eyeglass Program, which helps to ensure that needy people are able to enjoy the benefits of vision correction.

• The Professional R.V. Vendors chapter of FMCA will be collecting nonperishable food items during the convention for donation to a local food pantry.
These represent only a few of the ways Family Motor Coach Association members are making a difference in the lives of others.  Many of the association's more than 450 chapters support various worthwhile causes year-round.  In addition, throughout the year association members participate in a dues "Round Up" program that benefits Habitat for Humanity, ProLiteracy Worldwide, and Good Will-Hinckley, organizations that provide a helping hand to families throughout the country.  To date the association has donated more than $1 million to these organizations.

It's no accident that "Family" is the first word in the Family Motor Coach Association's name. Association members place great value on "family matters" and have chosen to help families in need whenever possible.

The Family Motor Coach Association is an international organization for people who own and enjoy the recreational use of motorized, self-contained recreation vehicles known as motorhomes. The organization's national office is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and can be reached by calling (800) 543-3622 or visiting FMCA.com.

About Family Motor Coach Association: Enhancing The Motorhome Lifestyle

Now in its 50th year, Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained, motorized recreation vehicles known as motorhomes. The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has more than 80,000 active member families. FMCA offers a number of benefits for motorhome owners, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; trip routing; mail forwarding; and group rates on motorhome insurance and an emergency medical evacuation plan. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of motorhome travel and recreation.

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Pamela Kay, Director of Communications

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(800) 543-3622, ext. 234
(513) 474-3622, ext. 234

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