Following is a letter that I have been using via email to solicit my family and friends to help support the PCARS fund drive for the Center of Hope. Please feel to plagiarize, modify and use it in whatever way might work for you!

As you know, I have been an Amateur Radio Operator for most of my life. The Amateur Radio Service, as defined by Federal Law, exists for many reasons, and one of those reasons is to provide “service” in both local and national events. Usually in the form of auxiliary communications.

My local club, the Portage County Amateur Radio Service, Inc. (PCARS) has always been active in providing communications services wherever they are needed. I’m especially proud of my club for expanding our “service” into other areas of our local community. Most significantly our annual giving to the Center of Hope. The Center of Hope provides meals, groceries and other services to the less fortunate citizens of Portage County.

Every year since its beginning (2006), PCARS has made a donation just prior to Thanksgiving to help support the Center of Hope’s mission. Over the past 12 years, we have raised and donated almost $30,000 to the Center of Hope. Our donation has increased every year so far, with last year’s donation just over $6400!

I’m asking you for your help and support. Not for me, not for my club, but for the families who need help, especially as we move into the holiday season.

Your donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated! There are 3 ways you can make a donation: 1) You can give your donation directly to me. I will make sure it is properly notated and included in the PCARS donation for 2018. 2) You can mail your donation to: PCARS 705 Oakwood St., Box 12 Ravenna, OH 44266. 3) You can go to the PCARS website and in the upper righthand corner of the homepage is a PAYPAL button specifically for donations. Please add a comment with your name and address if you would like a donation receipt. All checks should be payable to “Center of Hope” and you will receive a receipt directly from them.

You can find more information on the Center of Hope at and you can find more information on PCARS and Amateur Radio at the PCARS website.

Thank You! And please feel free to forward this to anyone else who might be interested in helping us make this years PCARS donation bigger than ever!

73, Thomas R. Sly – WB8LCD