Frequently Asked Questions – Your questions, answered
Below you will find a list of commonly asked questions and answers about the Appomattox Community & Disaster Relief organization. If you have a question and don’t see it addressed below, be sure to Contact Us.
Are you a real charity?
Yes! The Appomattox Community & Disaster Relief organization is registered both with the Commenwealth of Virginia and the Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit charitable organization; more specifically, we are classified as a ‘Public Charity’, and have been granted 501(c)(3) status from the IRS.
Our Federal Employer Identification Number is 87-2805277 and you can use our EIN to verifiy our non-profit 501(c)(3) status on the IRS website here: Tax Exempt Organization Search
You can also download a copy of our IRS determination letter, as well as other public documents about our organization from our Assets page.
How much of my donations are paid to executives and staff?
Zero! The ACDR is 100% volunteer based, from our board of directors to our community advocates and workers, everyone involved in our organization is volunteering their time, experience, and abilities without the expectation of reimbursement.
Much of our infrastructure and tools, including this website, have been donated by our amazing business sponsors and organization volunteers, which has helped us keep our overhead low, meaning more of your donated resources makes it to those members of our community in need!
Can I join the ACDR?
Yes! And we really hope that you would consider it! We are always looking for volunteers that can be added to our roster and be available to call on when our community is in a time of need. We aspire to perform many functions in our community, as such we require volunteers from every background, profession, and skill – whether you’re a stay-at-home parent or a doctor, your skills can help your community!
If you are interested in joining our volunteer ranks, please visit our Join Us page and fill out the application to become a volunteer.
What are all these events you host?
The ACDR hosts several events throughout the year as our primary means of raising capital for our organization as well as awareness about our organization. Our main events include the Appomattox Oyster Fest, Appomattox Wine Festival, and the Appomattox Oktoberfest. For more information about the events, including time, location, ticketing, etc. please check our Events page, or visit our events website Appomattox Events.
All the profits from hosting these events go right into funding our mission of supporting and helping our community, and especially help in funding the purchase of equipment and supplies needed to serve the community in times or natural disaster or emergency situations. We also use profits from these events to assist our local agencies in purchasing needed equipment.
Are my donations to you tax detectible?
Yes! Because the Appomattox Community & Disaster Relief organization is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, any donation you make to our organization is deductible under IRS Section 170. When you donate to us online through our giving portal, you will be emailed a receipt for your donation. At the end of the year, our donation management platform will also send you an annualized receipt so you can see all your donations for the year. If you donated to us directly via cash, check or through the donation of items, you will have been given a receipt at the time of your donation, reflecting the monetary amount of your contributions.
We strongly suggest that you speak with your accountant or tax professional regarding how to claim your dedications, as we cannot provide that advise to you.
What type of donations do you accept?
We accept monetary and non-monetary donations. If you want to donate money to our organization you can do so online with your debit card, credit card, or through bank draft using our Donation page. If you prefer to donate via cash or check please use our Contact page to get in touch. We also always have a need for non-expiring gift cards for places like Walmart, Kroger, Food Lion, Target, etc..
We also accept donations of non-perishable food items, clothing, household items, personal hygiene and care items and first aid items for distribution to families in need in our community. Because we don’t have a large storage solution available, we do not usually take donations of furniture unless we are actively providing relief for a family dislocated due to fire or natural disaster.
If you are interested in donating equipment to the ACDR, such as working chainsaws, generators, power tools, etc. that can be used in our natural and emergency disaster relief efforts please use our Contact page to reach out to us and schedule a pickup.
Do you host food or clothing drives?
Absolutely! Throughout the year the ACDR will host drives including clothing, food, coat, and toy drives, usually in partnership with another organization in our community, such as local churches or outreach organizations.
When we host these drives, information will be posted on our Blog, as well as listed on our Events page. You will also likely see notifications about these drives in the local newspaper, as well as on our social media accounts.
Do you offer sponsorships?
Yes! We are very excited to welcome your business as a sponsor of the ACDR and we offer many opportunities for your business to partner and sponsor our community support efforts. For more information about our business sponsorship opportunities, please visit our Sponsorship page.
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