What Do We Do and Who Do We Help?

Timeline of This Platform and It’s Future

About the Scope of What We Do

About the Organization


What Do We Do and Who Do We Help?


What do we do?

At RVMatchMaker.ORG we match frontline workers treating active COVID-19 cases to crowdsourced RVs to prevent further viral spread. This is a critical resource for high risk family members who haven’t been vaccinated yet or cannot be vaccinated, so they can potentially avoid devastating medical bills or death as a consequence of their work obligations.

With increasing frequency of disasters and declining resources from insurance and tax payers, we need to find new ways to optimize the resources to improve community resiliency.  This platform is created with 5 years of firestorm experience and specialized knowledge with recreational RVs.  Because we possess such unique knowledge, we felt  it is our duty as Good Samaritans to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among those most at risk.

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Who qualifies? (Why limit on who served?)

With the resources we have on hand, our non-profit charter is to reduce COVID spread only allows us to help those who (1) have financial need, (2) work in a facility with active COVID-19 infections and (3) need to self-isolate to protect family at home with significant risk.

Those eligible to borrow RVs include, but are not limited to*:

  • Nurses
  • Physician assistants
  • Physicians
  • Student physicians or nurses
  • Licensed behavioral health professionals
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Firefighters
  • Police officers
  • Paramedics, EMTs
  • Lab technicians
  • Facility maintenance (e.g. HVAC technicians)
  • Housekeepers or janitorial staff
  • Other healthcare support workers with direct care and service to active COVID-19 infections

Frontline workers who qualify have elderly (65+ years old) family members or others who are at a high risk of contracting severe COVID-19 per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. Those in the “high-risk” category may have:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Heart conditions (e.g.,heart failure or coronary artery disease)
  • Organ transplant(s)
  • Obesity (BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Current or former nicotine dependence (1+ packs of cigarettes per week)
  • Type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Asthma (Moderate to Severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • High blood pressure
  • A weakened immune system (e.g., blood or bone marrow transplant, HIV/AIDS or use corticosteroids)
  • Neurologic Conditions (e.g.dementia)
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy (or breastfeeding)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Thalassemia

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What impact do these services have on frontline workers?

Frontline workers and their families are experiencing mental, physical and financial fatigue from fighting the coronavirus pandemic for over a year. We can minimize their fatigue by providing safe, short-term isolation housing and improve frontline workers’ economic outlook, mental health and, for local hospitals, increase employee retention and recruitment.

Lending your RV can help frontline workers protect the people they love from COVID-19 at an affordable cost.

  • Improve economic outlook. Many medical workers finances are being stretched to the breaking point, according to The Brookings Institution. Most workers already spend more than 30% of their income on housing and are saddled with over one hundred thousand dollars in student and consumer debt. Providing an RV to self-isolate means that frontline workers are able to pay their bills on time and build long-term savings for their families.
  • Improve mental health and well-being.Having a safe place to self-isolate can have a profound impact on a frontline worker’s mental health. A survey by the New York Timesfound that trying to find adequate isolation housing on top of grueling work conditions can result in poor sleep and increased anxiety.
  • Improve worker retention and recruitment.22% of US hospitals do not have adequate staff to support the surge in demand they currently face, according to The Atlantic,. we can reduce potential barriers to accepting employment by offering frontline workers an affordable secondary housing option.
  • Reduce disproportionate impact on marginalized communities. A study conducted by The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis showed that Black and Latin medical workers may have a higher risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) to their household because they live in densely populatedhousing at higher rates than their white counterparts.

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With Vaccine Roll-out is There Still a Need?

Asymptomatic carriers are the most common transmitters of SARS-CoV-2, according to Axios and UC San Francisco.

Frontline workers, despite mass vaccination among them and other Americans, still pose a threat of transmitting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to their communities.  While the vaccine doses administered to date are cause for celebration, vaccines themselves do not fully address asymptomatic spread, meaning even those who are vaccinated may still be able to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to vulnerable populations.

Despite increased vaccination, almost a third of the states across the country have experienced an increase in cases during March 2021, according to ABC News  Self-isolation housing is integral to preventing further COVID-19 spread among frontline workers and their families despite vaccines’ high efficacy at preventing asymptomatic transmission.

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Timeline of This Platform and It’s Future



How long will this platform be available to the public?

We plan to offer this platform until May 31 unless frontline workers express a strong need to continue.  This project will terminate when the housing need is met for minimizing the spread of the virus. We have the ability to shut down the platform by state or county, upon request by any health department official or by cancellation of the federal emergency declaration for COVID-19.

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Will you be offering this service post-pandemic?

We will not provide RVs to those displaced by natural disasters at this time or in the future. (Why?  Housing people who are otherwise un-housed creates a very difficult problem for the very people we wish to help and their local community.  We have a VERY different approach to that problem which we think is more helpful for all stakeholders involved.)

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What are the other reasons for launching this project besides SARS-CoV-2 vector containment?

Extreme weather events and natural disasters are becoming more frequent and severe every year due to climate change. And insurance and tax payer recovery resources are becoming scarcer.

RVMatchMaker.org believes that recreational RVs are a valuable temporary solution to a serious, long term problem. There are better ways to mitigate climate-change-induced housing displacement than providing short-term RVs due to economic and humanitarian challenges. We maintain that housing insecurity, while a devastating issue for more Americans every year, would be better served by other disaster-relief strategies.  Our ultimate goal is to learn how to be more resourceful in managing all disaster-recovery strategies.

Kim Carr, the founder of RVMatchMaker.org and fire survivor, has future plans to respond to climate-changed-induced housing displacement without RVs. With her specialized knowledge in recreational RVs, Kimberly knew it was her duty to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among those most at risk. She plans to learn from RVMatchMaker.org to become better equipped at future disaster-resiliency initiatives that were planned before the pandemic started

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Why am I just hearing about this project now and not at the beginning of COVID?

Due to life threatening circumstances Kim Carr, the founder of RVMatchMaker, had to push the platform’s launch until later in the pandemic.  In spite of that she and the team continued to work on improving the content and technology of the platform during this delay.

We recognize it would have been ideal to launch this project earlier No matter how long this platform is offered, we will learn and have better success next time a pandemic occurs.

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When can other regions of California benefit from this service?

In April we wish to open the entire platform to anyone in the state of California.  We know that the Los Angeles region can benefit greatly from this opportunity.

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About the Scope of What We Do



Do I need to pay to be a part of the matching platform?

You can join our platform to find a potential match for free.  We do have some modest costs for this volunteer run platform and would be grateful for a donation.  Any costs you have to borrow an RV is completely between you and the RV owner.  We are not a party to any agreement you create and we are not compensated for any personal transactions between borrowers and lenders. Generous donations from people like you are our only source of income. For the cost of ahalf tank of gas, you can help save lives.

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How much does borrowing an RV cost?

Costs associated with borrowing an RV include insurance, utilities and some maintenance.

Lending agreements are completely between the RV borrower and RV owner. An RV owner may choose to bear or share the cost. However, the RV terms may be offered, we strictly prohibit RV loans for profit.

You can expect the following types of cost:

  • Insurance can be between $0-20 a day, sometimes more in rare cases. We believe costs should be $5 a day or less. For more details visit here. https://RVMatchMaker.ORG/Insurance
  • Utilities can be between $2-15 a day, depending mostly on costs for electricity and management of water and sewage. $5 a day would not be unusual. For more details visit here. https://RVMatchMaker.ORG/Utilities
  • Maintenance can be between $0-10 a day, depending on the RV’s care and condition. For more details visit https://RVMatchMaker.ORG/Maintenance

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How long is the process from start to finish to be matched?

After you submit your application, a volunteer will reach out to you via email. They will give you access to our members-only-area.  You should hear back within 48 hours.

Once you have access, you will be able to communicate with potential matches. This process should take anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks. We recommend that you use this time to read through our detailed guide, which covers insurance, logistics, and utilities.

After you have selected a frontline partner, you can arrange a time and place to deliver your RV. The length of this partnership is completely up to you. Please consider lending your RV for at least 3 months.

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How will I know that I am lending/borrowing an RV from someone trustworthy?

(Answer coming soon.)

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Is there a maximum limit to be able to self-isolate in an RV?

Yes.  All RVs must be returned to their owners on or before the date the Federal Government declares the pandemic over.

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Can I cancel my agreement at anytime?

This is an at-will agreement between both parties.  Either party can give 3-days-notice, but a minimum courtesy of 7 days is suggested to accommodate work schedules.

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What is the vetting process to ensure that an RV offered or returned in good condition?

RVs have the same systems as a house and require consistent maintenance and upkeep. We created a detailed inspection checklist to help both the owner and borrower determine the RV’s condition.This is a great service for all RV owners to check on their RV’s condition!

This same checklist will be used prior to loaning, when the RV changes possession and at the conclusion of the agreement to verify condition.

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What appropriate usage responsibilities do I need to abide by when I’m borrowing someone’s RV?

(Answer coming soon.)

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How do I avoid COVID-19 contamination in the RV?

We recommend that owners and borrowers abide by Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  COVID-19 safety guidelines –– this includes, but is not limited to, physical distancing, wearing face coverings and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.

We also equip you with the resources needed to further reduce COVID-19 infections by evaluating the official cleaning protocol provided by the CDC, as well that providing by leading hotel businesses.  Additionally we provide a list of disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

From that advice we created a cleaning checklist to help guide you in the cleaning process.  We hope this saves you time and effort strategizing how to disinfect your RV.  We recommend it be REQUIRED to complete the checklist every time the RV changes possession to attest to the RV’s cleanliness and safety.

At the end of the day, any partnership with a frontline worker will involve an amount of risk. We have taken additional steps to ensure your safety and really appreciate your generosity.

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What kinds of risk can an RV owner expect when lending an RV?

(Answer coming soon.)

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Who should I seek for help when I have some questions?

Please note that our website has answers to the most common questions at https://RVMatchMaker.ORG/RVLiving

We are volunteers and can serve the community best by focusing on the more difficult questions and growing our wisdom together.

For further questions, please ask our volunteers directly, by contacting us through our website at: https://RVMatchMaker.ORG/Contact or on social media.

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About Us


Why do we do this?

(Answer coming soon.)

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Why is attempting this solution important for all citizens in our nation?

With increasing frequency of disasters and declining resources from insurance and tax payers, we all need to find new ways to optimize the resources to improve community resiliency.

A year prior to COVID-19 the top leader at F.E.M.A. said disaster spending was already at dangerous levels, was unsustainable, and not in the best interest of the public. (See video below.)  We are responding to that need for greater resourcefulness and innovation.

Frontline workers need self-isolation solutions to reduce the viral spread in their homes and communities. Potential housing solutions can include hotel rooms, home rentals, and RVs. Based on our market analysis, RVMatchMaker.ORG may compete with hotels or temporary rental programs. However, availability and locations are limited and may only be available for individuals for a two-week time period based on suspected or confirmed exposure only.

This project will terminate when the housing need is met for minimizing the spread of the virus. We have the ability to shut down the platform by state or county, upon request by any health department official or by cancellation of the federal emergency declaration for COVID-19.


The founder of this platform filmed this statement by our current head of FEMA in June of 2019.

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Why are you starting with a Pilot RV and where?

We are starting with a pilot RV in the San Francisco bay area.  This is the founder’s RV.  The intent is to carefully document this whole process and bear the risk of that.  Then based on what we learn, we invite other asset owners to consider volunteering in their community to improve the quality of life for those on the frontlines.

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What is the background and qualifications of the people running this project?

(Answer coming soon.)

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What is the business model?

We are a fiscally sponsored non-profit project with a finite goal and end date.  After the pandemic is over, so is this project.  We do hope to take the momentum of talent and interest from this endeavor to further community resilience on other initiatives.

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Are there any goals in terms of money raised, RVs loaned/medical workers helped?

We want to help as many people as possible.  If we only help one family, we were a success.  It means avoidance of stress from the threat of losing a loved one or ending up with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.  Either scenario has long term life altering consequences for the family.

While we can never measure what didn’t happen, we know that the worst case scenario can be avoided.  And given how life changing that can be, the outcome is priceless.

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