Fleet for the Future: an equipment capital campaign
Vehicles and equipment. They are, quite literally, the wheels of our organization. That's why we're in the middle of a 2 year capital campaign - Fleet for the Future - to improve and modernize our current fleet of vehicles and equipment that will carry us and our youth into the future.
We're 97% of the way to our $400K goal, but we need your help.
As of 2016, 78% of HOC’s fleet is over 9 years old, and 60% is over 17 years old. Our most used vehicles travel 25,000-50,000 miles a year. Each vehicle and piece of equipment is essential to our continued operations as a youth corps. We absolutely cannot support our program structure, heavily dependent on safe and reliable transportation for youth to and from job sites, without modernizing our fleet of vehicles and equipment.
As an organization, we've grown rapidly in response to local needs (tri-county child poverty rates of 28%, youth unemployment rates of 32%, and regional graduation rates at or below the low state average of 72%). The number of youth we serve more than doubled in four years and we expanded the number of Central Oregon cities we serve to include more rural areas like Warm Springs, Madras, and Prineville. However this rapid growth forced us to both buy new vans and keep older ones to meet the high demand. We could not have retired old vehicles and equipment and continue to operate at full capacity. So, we chose to continue operations for youth, and our fleet has paid the price. That cycle is ending with this capital campaign. As our size, scope, and aspirations continue to increase, the need has never been greater to turn our attention to the fleet that makes it all possible.