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Table of Contents
1 What is Chaverim?
1.1 Definition
1.2 Organization Type
1.3 Tax Benefits of donating to Chaverim of Baltimore
1.4 Members
1.4.1 Dispatching Unit
1.4.2 Responding Unit
1.5 Services Offered
1.5.1 Jump Starts
1.5.2 Flat Tires
1.5.3 Low Tires
1.5.4 Empty Gas Tank
1.5.5 Car lockout
1.5.6 Home Lockout
1.5.7 Minyan Assistance
1.5.8 Stuck Vehicle
1.5.9 Emergency Calls
1.6 Fees
2 Website help
2.1 “18 Per Month Club”
2.2 Donations

Note: For all calls, please either put up your hood or turn on your flashers/hazards so that we may more easily identify the vehicle we are looking for.

Note: All members of Chaverim of Baltimore are volunteers that have lives of their own. They take time from what they are doing to go out of their way and help you in a time of need. Any assistance you can be to help the process would be greatly appreciated.

Note: Intentionally falsifying an emergency call will result in heavy fines.

1 What is Chaverim?
1.1 Definition
“Chaverim” is a Hebrew word that translates as “friends”.
1.2 Organization type
“Chaverim of Baltimore” is a 501(C)3, a non-profit organization.
1.3 Tax Benefits of donating to Chaverim of Baltimore
Donations made to Chaverim of Baltimore are tax deductable. Meaning if you donate 100 dollars, you can deduct   100 dollars from the income you pay taxes on.

For example: If you donate 100 dollars in a calendar year and your tax rate is 20%, you would be paying 20 dollars less in tax that year.

Note: Speak to your accountant regarding the rules and regulations of tax deductions. Neither Chaverim of Baltimore, nor its members are tax professionals (or acting as tax professionals) and therefore make no warrant to the validity of the information above.

1.4 Members
1.4.1 Dispatching Unit
Dispatchers may be male or female. There are no physical requirements to be able to become a dispatcher. Dispatchers are able to dispatch calls from the comfort of their own homes. Training will be provided.
1.4.2 Responding Unit
Responders are asked to take at least 2 calls per week. The more calls a responder can take, the better. Training will be provided if needed.
1.5 Services Offered
1.5.1 Jump Start:
A jump start is used when the battery is, or is suspected of being, dead or weak. Responding units have jump boxes which are essentially small portable car batteries. The responder will hook up the jump box to the battery (directly or indirectly) and will attempt to start the car. If the jump box is not powerful enough or just not working, responding units will either request backup to double jump the vehicle or those units that carry jumper cables may hook up their jumper cables to their own vehicle as a backup source of power.
1.5.2 Flat Tires:
A Flat Tire is a tire that is undriveable in its current state of flatness. Many of our flat tire calls are really just low on air and can be driven to a shop to be changed, repaired, or filled.  Please check to make sure you have a spare prior to calling for help. If you are unable to check or cannot locate the place that the spare would be stored, that is ok. We will appreciate that you tried to help.
1.5.3 Low Tires:
A low tire, as defined by us, is a tire that still has enough air to carefully drive to a local shop or pump. If you need help filling the tire, we are happy to come and do what we can. We carry electric pumps to fill a tire but they are slow. We are working on a system that will allow us to fill tires at a much quicker rate.
1.5.4 Empty Gas Tank:
If you run out of gas when you are driving, we will be happy to come and bring you a gallon of gas substitute. It works the same way as real gasoline, but is safe to transport in our vehicles. For every gallon of substitute gas that is put into your vehicle, make sure to add 3 times that quantity of real gas before your engine cools off or your vehicle may incur damage. We strongly recommend that you go straight from having the gas substitute added to a gas station and fill the tank.
1.5.5 Car Lockout
A car lockout is when you lock yourself out of your car. We carry the needed tools to open most vehicles without a problem.

If a child is locked in the car make sure to let us know, as this would be considered an emergency call. Children being locked in cars can be fatal to the children especially in the summer time. A call for a child locked in a car will be treated the same way whether it is the summer or the winter. If the state of the child seems to be dire and we are having difficulty opening the vehicle, we will break a window to get in. Thankfully, we have not needed to do this, but you should know it may happen. Your Child’s life is more important than the value of a car window. Chaverim and its members cannot be held liable for any damages that may occur.
1.5.6 Home lockout
A home lockout is when you lock yourself out of your home. In a case such as this, our goal is to get into the home. We are usually able to pick the lock(s). If there is a child locked in the home alone make sure to let us know, as this would be considered an emergency call. There are many objects or events that can occur in a home that can be life threatening to a child (scissors, chemicals, fire, falling down stairs, anything sharp, downing in a tub or sink etc…). We will do everything we can go get into the house without causing any damage. If we are having difficulty getting in, and it is determined that there is a more immediate need to get into the home, we may break down a door or smash a window to gain entry. Chaverim and its members cannot be held liable for any damages that may occur.
1.5.7 Minyan Assistance
If there is an event or shiva minyan that needs a couple extra guys, we will try to get a couple of guys to go to the minyan.
1.5.8 Stuck Vehicle
If your vehicle is stuck in the mud or snow (we do not take calls for vehicles stuck in a driveway or parked legitimately next to a curb- we are not a free shoveling service), we will first respond by trying to get the vehicle free without towing. If the vehicle requires being pulled out, we will call for backup. Please note that we do not have the ability to tow a vehicle around on the street.
1.5.9 Emergency Calls
There are many types of calls that can be classified as an emergency. Including but not limited to children locked in a vehicle or home. Something even as simple as a flat tire in the middle of the highway may be treated as an emergency.
If there are children involved, please let us know so that we can respond accordingly.
1.6 Fees
There are no fees for regular service. We reserve the right to begin charging if we are not receiving enough donations to keep the organization running. Intentionally falsifying an emergency call will result in heavy fees and penalties as this is not considered acceptable behavior and is a misuse of a system put in place to help people in need.
2 Website Help
2.1 “18 Per Month Club”
The “18 Per Month Club” is a club for people who would like to support Chaverim regardless of whether or not the donor needs assistance themselves. We thank all club members! Your contributions have allowed Chaverim to continue to run fee free, while maintaining our equipment. If you are a club member and can no longer make the payments, please let us know so that we may remove you from our automated invoicing system.
2.2 Donations
All donations are much appreciated! Thank you for your continued support. Please note that we pay a small processing fee on all donations made over our website. In order for 100% of your donation to go to Chaverim, please mail a check or hand deliver cash to:

Chaverim of Baltimore
3836 Menlo Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215

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