We have Fiscal Sponsorship!

“What is fiscal sponsorship?”, you may ask. It is when one non-profit organization sponsors another organization either just starting out or who decide using a sponsor is a better method to run their organization accepts tax-deductible donations on their behalf.

Drive for Independence has been accepted by Philanthropic Endeavors to receive donations on our behalf! We will use funds raised through Philanthropic Endeavors to get our 501(c) 3 status and start serving our community. Our plan is in the next year – year and a half to be operating under our own organization.

This will be a great partnership and allow us fundraising opportunities we otherwise would not have. We chose Philanthropic Endeavors because they are based here in York and for their low administration costs. Many times fiscal sponsorship will result in 3-12% of donations being taken by the sponsoring organization. Philanthropic Endeavors is a very small 1%. They want as much of your donation as possible to go to your chosen cause.

To make a donation please visit:
www.PhilanthropicEndeavors.org and use the PayPal donate button at the top. Please make sure to put Drive for Independence in the memo.

We will use this method of donation instead of Youcaring at this point.

Let’s Create A Roadtrip Cookbook


We are working on creating a cookbook as a fundraiser. The theme is “road trip food”. The basic idea is to create a collection of recipes that travel well on road trips that don’t have to be refrigerated or travel well in a cooler. So, send me your best Road Trip recipes! We’d appreciate any recipes or suggestions for recipes! Please send your recipes to driveforindependence@gmail.com or the Drive for Independence Facebook page. Thank you!

Upshift Sponsorship Letter


We are excited to announce our sponsorship opportunities! If you are interested in being a sponsor please contact us with your email address and we will send you the letter below.
We now have fiscal sponsorship so your sponsor donation is tax deductible.

Heather Sloat
Drive For Independence
Upshift Summer Bash 2015
372 W King St
York PA 17401

3/ /2015
Dear  ,

Drive for Independence is an organization dedicated to helping individuals with high level disabilities obtain wheelchair accessible vehicles needed to drive themselves to work and achieve their dreams of independence. We have already helped one individual achieve his dream. Christopher Sauerbaum along with his wife and many other dedicated individuals have raised the funds for a down payment on his vehicle which will soon be converted for his specific needs. After meeting his goal they decided to immediately work on paying it forward and helping others meet this same goal of being able to drive themselves to work and lead an overall more independent life.

Our annual car show is one of our largest fundraisers. Upshift Summer Bash 2015 will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Leg Up Farm and will showcase a variety of vehicles including cars, trucks and motorcycles with everything from classics to tuners. To make this year’s event an even larger success than last year we are seeking the support of business and private sponsors. There are several possible ways to support this event including Sponsorship, donation to the raffle, and door prizes.

We are also accepting donations to the raffle to be held during the event. The items will be on display throughout the event for the public to bid on. Each item will include a card with information about the item including the value and who it was donated by. Corporate sponsorship is not necessary to make a donation to the raffle. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Gold and Silver Sponsorship Levels and in Memoriam Trophy Sponsorships are limited and will go on a first come basis. We encourage all interested sponsors to return the sponsorship form as soon as possible, but no later than June 1, 2015 to ensure inclusion of your logo on promotional materials.
As an Upshift Summer Bash 2015 sponsor you will receive recognition in a variety of ways:
Gold Level $100
⦁ A vendor spot at the event
⦁ Logo or business information in the program
⦁ Option to include fliers, promotional material, or samples in the Give away bag
⦁ Logo on Reusable shopping bag handed out to first 150 entrants
⦁ Logo on banners and fliers
⦁ Sponsorship of a trophy

Silver Level $75
⦁ A vendor spot at the event
⦁ Logo or business information in the program
⦁ Option to include fliers, promotional material, or samples in the Give away bag
⦁ Logo on Reusable bag handed out to first 150 entrants
⦁ Logo on banners and fliers

Bronze Level $50.00
⦁ Vendor space at the event
⦁ Logo or business information in the program
⦁ Option to include fliers, promotional material, or samples in the Give away bag
We thank you for your consideration in supporting our Upshift Summer Bash 2015 and ultimately our mission with Drive for Independence in helping individuals with high level disabilities reach their goal of being able to drive themselves to work and achieve a new level of independence.
We look forward to seeing you join us at the Upshift Summer Bash 2015 being held at Leg Up Farm, located at 4880 N Sherman St Ext, Mt Wolf PA 17347.
Thank you for your continuing support,

Heather Sloat
Drive for Independence
Business Sponsorship Information
Business Name________________________________________________________________
Phone________________________ Website________________________________________________
Sponsorship Level
□Gold $100
□Silver $75
□Bronze $50
□ Yes, I’d like to donate an item to be used for the Silent Auction/Door Prizes.

In Memoriam Trophy Sponsorships $75
In Loving Memory of____________________________________________________________________
Contact person________________________________________________________________________
Logo must be in .JPEG, .PSD, or .EPS format and at least 150dpi (300dpi preferred).
Please e-mail your artwork to: driveforindependence@gmail.com. Sponsorship form and checks made payable to “Philanthropic Endeavors” with a memo line of “Drive for Independence” may be mailed to address below. Any questions please contact me via email at driveforindependence@gmail.com.
Heather Sloat, Drive for Independence, 372 W King Street, York PA 17401

Announcing: 2015 Upshift Summer Bash

We are at it again! Cars, food trucks, craft/ home business vendors, and a huge playground for the kids means the second annual Upshift Summer Bash is a recipe for fun for the entire family!
Join us Saturday August 1St 3-9pm at Leg Up Farm in Mt. Wolf!


Upshift 2015 printable flyer

Register your vehicle online (use code USB2015 at check out for $5.00 discount):
Online registration via Square CLICK HERE

Upshift Printable Car Registration

Facebook Upshift 2015 Invite
We can’t wait to have you join us!

Ps: If you are interested in being a vendor contact us at driveforindependence@gmail.com

Another Hurdle Overcome

The last week and a half we were in Johnstown. It was quite a different experience to be kid free for that long since the boys were born. We also had to adjust to a different schedule for that time but we managed. Getting up at 6 in the morning instead of heading to bead at that time was a little tough but we managed.

Chris went out driving about 4-5 hours everyday for the most part. He drove some crazy roads most of the time that were snow covered. He was learning to drive on very sensitive equipment so this is a pretty good indicator he can definitely handle the equipment he needs! Let alone it wasn’t set up specifically for him. He had to make do with what was available. Here’s a map to give a idea of what Chris was tackling everyday.

The full joystick was a little too finicky for him so they decided on gas/brake lever and steering on the joystick. The T handle on the gas/brake set-up wasn’t working well for him so Chris suggested a vertical handle instead. EMC doesn’t make a vertical handle surprisingly so they had to rig a makeshift stalk for him to use. The joystick was the same thing and has a pretty tiny ball and he had a little issue with that as well so they made another makeshift stalk for it. Once they got everything set up for him he did very well.IMG_0046

Tuesday Feb 17th he took his driver’s test to get the additional driving equipment added to his license. He had his license there are just additional requirements for driving via joystick. He is now able to get his truck equipped with EMC joystick steering!

We are now waiting for the prescription to go to OVR. Once they have the prescription we will get the go ahead to buy his truck. After we get the truck we will have to choose 3 companies to bid on the work. Once the bid process is over the truck will be dropped of with the bid winning installer. It will first head to Indiana for Mobility SVM to do the floor and lift conversion. It will then most likely head to EMC for wiring up in Maine. Finally it will then come back to the company who won the bid (we’re hoping we can get Ride-Away in Norristown) to finish the installing of EMC equipment, EZ-Lock, and all the finishing touches and we’ll take final delivery.

At final delivery Chris will have up to 5 days of additional training on his new truck with the rehabilitation specialist to make sure the truck is set up and working well for him. We still have a bit more of this process to get through but we are headed in the right direction! We’ve been warned it could be a year until we take final delivery. It shouldn’t take that long but we are preparing for the worst and hoping for the very best that it is only at most 6 months!