2013 | Grant Amount: $10,000
The RAVN (Roadside Assistance for Visitors in Need) program in Mount Rainier National Park provides free roadside assistance to park visitors who experience minor motor vehicle problems while visiting the park. RAVN volunteers help with visitors who are locked out of their cars, have dead batteries, have run out of gas, etc.
Funding for the continuation of this program covered the rental costs of two government vehicles, housing costs for volunteers, volunteer stipends, and costs for equipment like traffic paddles, jumper cables, traffic cones, reflective triangles, safety vests, fuel, and oil. The RAVN program operated seven days a week during the busy months (June, July, and August).
It is estimated the RAVN program saved visitors about $70,000 in service calls over the course of 109 assistance calls.