The 2019 event will run one day on June 8th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM with the first hour-and-a-half set aside as a “No Noise Ninety Minutes” so very young children and other persons who might have an adverse reaction to sudden, loud noises may participate undisturbed. There is no alcohol advertised, sold, or permitted, and the use of tobacco products not allowed at the venue. No pets please, unless service animal.
“Touch-A-Truck” is an affordable, family-friendly community event put on by Rotary Club of Redlands and other partners with tremendous support from numerous private companies, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. Dozens of vehicles – emergency vehicles, transport vehicles, tow trucks, public health and safety trucks, busses — are positioned in the parking lot of the University of Redlands’ Ted Runner Stadium, and the attendees can climb into the cabs, honk the horns, examine the equipment, flash the lights, and talk to the men and women who work in and with the vehicles about how they use their unique vehicles to do their jobs. The kids (and some of the adults) find it thrilling to examine “up close and personal” the vehicles they may see around them all the time, and maybe, some they might never have seen before.
Adjacent to the truck lot is a free “Kids’ Zone” with crafts, games, and educational exhibits which adds to the fun and enjoyment for the whole family. There are booths set up by various businesses, organizations, governmental agencies, and clubs who will distribute free books, public health and safety material, talk about their company or non-profit, interact with the families, and, in many cases, show what they do that will improve the quality of life for the attendees. Refreshments are available for purchase from (what else?) food trucks!
Rotary Club of Redlands, non-profit partners, and other benefactors distributed approximately 1,000 complimentary tickets to local schools and other organizations that serve children and families. Children aged three and under are admitted free of charge. Families with active duty military members will receive six free tickets.
Attendees can purchase tickets on the day of the event.
Such a wonderful morning. Our 2-year old's favorite book is "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site" so he instantly loved the bulldozer 🙂 Thanks, all, for the fun event!!!
Thanks again for another fun Touch A Truck event! My truck loving son had a blast!!!
Thanks for another great event!! So much fun. 🚛🚌🚒🚓🚁
It was great fun for the kids, and awesome that the Rotary Club coordinated this special event. Big Thanks to Edison and the Gas Co.!
My boys had a blast and can't wait till next year.. Thank you.
My daughter had a great time! Thank you for this amazing event!
My grandson LOVED this event. Thank you to all who made it possible.
I'm not sure who had more fun: the kids or the adults lol
This was Awesome, we enjoyed very much, my 3 years old daughter loved it... She still excited and talking about it... 👍👍👍👍
Thanks for putting this event on! My boys are still talking about it this morning! Great job!
So much fun!
It was a terrific event!! Kudos to Rotary and Kiwanis.
For the attendees, the benefit of our TATE is that it is good, clean fun for the family at a very affordable price, a chance for kids to meet with a variety of people from all walks of life working in many different vocations, and an opportunity to see and learn new and exciting things.
This event helps us fulfill our mission to support local families and have a lot of fun while we do it! Furthermore, half of the funds remaining after expenses will be used to support the local and international public service and charitable activities of Rotary Club of Redlands, the Redlands Rotary Foundation, and any comparable entities affiliated with our non-profit partners. The other half will be given to the YMCA of the East Valley to help support their “Safety Around Water” (SAW) Program and bring this life-saving program to every 2nd-grade student in the Redlands Unified School District free of charge!
For the vehicle exhibitors, it is a chance to show everyone what they do, and “de-mystify” their activities and vocation for kids and the public at-large. Please download our Vehicle Commitment Form, fill it out, and email it back to us at “firstname.lastname@example.org” if you are interested in exhibiting your vehicle!
*There is no fee charged to those who bring a vehicle or vehicles to the event.
*In the great majority of instances, non-profits may participate without charge as well, and may also pre-sell tickets as a fundraiser or apply to become a partner and share any net proceeds which may be derived from this event. Sponsorships are available at many levels and are affordable for any business large or small. Those organizations who want to reach the primary demographic, families with children, are encouraged strongly to have a presence at this event as a sponsor or exhibitor or both.
(YMCA Drowning Prevention Program)
Half the proceeds raised by RCOR from this event will be directed to teaching every 2nd grader in the RUSD how to be safe around water. This is why:
Across the United States, drowning remains the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for children under 14 years of age. In California, 95 children died due to drowning and 239 non-fatal incidents occurred in the last year. Many of these injuries and deaths can be prevented with accessible education and a small amount of training.
YUSA Safety Around Water Program
To solve this crisis, the Y developed an evidence-based drowning prevention program known as Safety Around Water. Safety Around Water (SAW) brings basic survival skills to non-swimmers. These skills include: how to float, how to swim ten feet, and how to safely get out of dangerous situations. SAW also includes lessons on reducing risks around bodies of water.
YMCA of the East Valley Initial Program Results
The YMCA of the East Valley conducted two pilot programs in 2016-2017 and both two pilots produced tremendous results. Over 1,000 youth have participated in a S.A.W. program and over 96% have demonstrated that they can safely exit a potential drowning situation. One of these pilots was conducted in partnership with Redlands Unified School District. It involved all the 2nd graders at two elementary schools. The success of this program has encouraged us to involve all elementary schools in the future.
Program Implementation for 2017-2018
The pilot program this past year was successful and gave the YMCA a better perspective on scope of program and budgetary considerations. This program provides an effective program at a reasonable expense. It is our hope to provide this program to ten (of 16) elementary schools in 2017-2018 and then reach all sixteen schools in 2018-2019. The Y’s goal is for Safety Around Water to become an annual program and will impact thousands of youth each year. If successful, this will have a great impact on preventing accidental drownings in our community.
A session of lessons has a direct cost of approximately $20 per student (with transportation). RUSD has approximately 1,600 students in 2nd grade. Sessions can be taught at either the Redlands YMCA or the Highland YMCA. The total estimate cost to provide this program to local youth is $32,000.
Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death in children under 14 years of age. With proper instruction, drowning deaths and injuries can be prevented. The Y’s evidence-based program, Safety Around Water, makes water safety education accessible. The YMCA of the East Valley has successfully implemented this model across San Bernardino and Redlands. The YMCA seeks to implement a sustainable annual program that will eventually reach all youth in RUSD. The cost of the program is reasonable and the YMCA is seeking partnerships that will provide this annual program.
If you have an interesting or unique vehicle you believe our kids and families might enjoy, we invite you to bring it and be recognized as a “Tow Truck” sponsor. If our attendees are allowed to “touch it,” great! If not, we will still try to find a spot for you to show it off. No charge to you.
We want every child who wants to “Touch-A-Truck” to participate regardless of their ability to pay. If you would like to purchase tickets to be distributed in the community so they can be here, become a Benefactor and purchase tickets to be distributed by you or us so everyone who wants to gets through the gate. Buy one or one hundred tickets or more (non-profits pay half face value for 50 or more).
If you are a non-profit agency, there is an opportunity for your organization to share in certain proceeds generated by this event by becoming an Event Partner. In exchange for providing specific volunteer and sponsorship support, you will receive a portion of some proceeds of this event. Ask for details!
Your organization or agency may set up an information booth and table to distribute health and safety information, or hand out free gifts to the kids at no charge to you.
If you juggle, make balloon animals, perform close-up magic, or the like, and are willing to perform at this event for free, we won’t charge you to attend
If you are a non-profit entity, you may pre-purchase a minimum of 50 event tickets at one-half the face value, resell them at full face value, and keep the proceeds for your organization.
It is encouraged for sponsors, exhibitors, trucks, businesses, entertainers, etc to sign up early. Please preregister with Rotary Club of Redlands no later than May 20 so we know who you are and can get in touch with you with event updates and schedules. Exhibitors and displayed vehicle owners must provide the appropriate proof of insurance certification. Any proceeds from this event will be used to promote the local and global public service efforts of Rotary Club of Redlands and it’s non-profit partners. The Redlands Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.
This is a family event. Please, no advertising or use of alcohol or tobacco products on the premises. Service animals only.