Make a Donation to the Friends of the Valley Railroad

Review the participation/donation levels.

The Friends of the Valley Railroad, a Connecticut not-for-profit corporation, is qualified under IRS section 501(c)3. Contributions to the FVRR are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The amount in parenthesis is the non-deductible portion of each respective giving level.

  • Porter Level gets a free subscription to the FVRR newsletter, The Valley Flyer.
  • Mogul Level includes the newsletter, the FVRR calendar, an invitation to the Annual Recognition Event, and the Associates contribution waived for the year.
  • Consolidation Level is the same as the Mogul Level, plus one pair of steam train and riverboat tickets.
  • Mikado Level is the same as the Consolidation Level with the addition of one pair of dinner train tickets.

All persons wishing to volunteer at the Valley Railroad must become Associates of the FVRR. To cover basic insurance and record-keeping costs, the FVRR has established a minimum annual contribution of $25 to become an Associate of the FVRR. The following year’s contribution would be waived for Associates who contribute 25 volunteer hours the previous calendar year.

The 25 volunteer hours can easily be achieved, for example, during just a couple of Wednesday night shop sessions or Saturday track days, but all volunteer hours need to be documented in the sign-in book at the work sessions.

The FVRR has also established the following participation levels and contribution levels for Associates who are not able to volunteer their time but who wish to support the work of the FVRR financially. Levels 2, 3 and 4 can be acheived by either the hours or donations listed.

More detailed information may be found in the Friends of the Valley Railroad Guidelines for Volunteers booklet.