Community Service

As a reflection of its motto, “It’s Not Just the Cars, It’s the People,” the CVR Board has approved a basic mission to give back to our communities, by making financial contributions and giving our time to the following charities and causes.

In 2022 CVR Community Service partnered with the People’s Choice Concours to support Protectors of Animals (POA), a non-profit, primarily volunteer, no-kill organization whose mission is to increase the quality of life for all dogs and cats in the communities they serve.

Concours participants were generous and donated toys, treats, money, over 600 pounds of dry dog and cat food, 200 cans of wet food, and over 200 pounds of cat litter. These donations will help pets in foster care while they are waiting to find their forever homes. A big THANK YOU to everyone who donated to POA!

To learn more about POA please see

CVR Community Service also teamed up with Wayne Carini, owner of F40 Motorsports and star of “Chasing Classic Cars” to host Morning Coffee with Wayne Carini at his farm in Portland, CT. Over 200 CVR members and their guests enjoyed drinking Birdhouse coffee, chatting with Wayne and seeing his collection of cars and automobile memorabilia. Wayne and special guest, Steven Harris discussed their collecting history and approaches to collecting followed by a Q&A session moderated by Michael Keller. To thank Wayne for hosting this event, CVR donated $10,000 to Autism Families Connecticut, whose mission is to CONNECT individuals on the autism spectrum to each other, by providing recreational, social, and learning opportunities to build a meaningful, active and engaged community for their families.

For more information on this charity please see

At the CVR Annual Meeting and brunch, CVR members generously donated 100 toys and over $600 to Toys for Tots. A 74-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Toys for Tots provides happiness and hope to less fortunate children during each Christmas holiday season.

For more information please visit

Stay tuned for more details on CVR Community Service events planned for 2023.

Community Service Chair: Lynn Keller –