2015 Ford F-150

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awards 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew with its five-star Overall Vehicle Score in New Car Assessment Program, the highest possible rating, making it the safest F-150 ever
  • All-new F-150 safety features include an advanced restraint system with dual-stage airbags, Curve Control to help drivers stay on their intended path, and available inflatable rear safety belts in SuperCrew models – a segment-first innovation
  • 2015 F-150 – the toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient F-150 ever – includes the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-sized gasoline pickup on the market, plus best-in-class towing and payload ratings

2015 Ford F-150 frame and body

The all-new Ford F-150 SuperCrew has earned the government’s highest possible crash safety rating – adding to the F-150’s strengths as the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever.

Thanks to 31 new safety-related innovations developed by the Ford truck team, the 2015 F-150 SuperCrew has earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

“The five-star safety rating is a terrific example of One Ford collaboration and innovation,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Our truck team worked together for years to deliver this accomplishment, using an unprecedented combination of advanced materials throughout the all-new F-150. The 2015 model is engineered to be the safest F-150 ever, which matters to customers who depend on this truck to not only get the job done, but also get them safely home.”

F-150’s improved performance is enabled by up to a 700-pound weight savings through the use of high-strength steel in the frame; high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in the body; and smart engineering.

A cross-functional group comprised of Ford truck product development veterans and researchers worked to precisely optimize vehicle weight savings and manufacturing design to deliver improved durability, capability, fuel economy and crashworthiness. The team created and patented new structures, materials and joining methods that were tested virtually with supercomputer simulations, then retested in Ford’s advanced laboratories to engineer the safest F-150 ever.

Supercomputers for safety
The F-150 team started engineering the truck with supercomputers before the first units were ever even crash-tested in a lab.

Engineers developed digital safety models with nearly 1.4 million separate elements to examine how even the smallest parts of the truck would perform in a crash situation.

Safety starts with the frame
Safety starts with the truck’s signature, fully boxed frame – the backbone of the all-new F-150.

Engineers added an extra crossmember and increased the use of high-strength steel to improve stiffness, durability and safety – while also helping reduce the frame’s weight by up to 60 pounds.

“The team had to invent new ways to manage crash energy, because advanced materials like high-strength steel behave differently,” said Matt Niesluchowski, Ford truck safety manager. “We found that changing certain shapes led to a weight reduction, while also improving crash performance.”

Safety engineers developed a patented 12-corner front crush horn to dissipate more energy in a front impact. The uniquely shaped structure helps manage crash forces so the frame buckles predictably to keep those forces away from occupants in the cabin. This is just one of the 31 new safety-related innovations the team developed to make the truck safer in the event of a crash.

Safety improvements to the aluminum-alloy body
Ford’s advanced research and safety teams worked together to engineer F-150’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body structure to manage what happens to the body in the event of a crash.

The truck’s cab features hydroformed roof rails that constitute a cage-like structure around the doors, extruded roof bows to provide lateral strength across the top of the cab, and extruded rocker rails near the bottom to reinforce lower body strength.

How various parts of the truck were joined also yielded safety improvements. In many cases, welding was not the most effective way to join parts, so the team developed and patented methods to connect parts using high-strength adhesives. This resulted in structural strength equal to or greater than traditional welds.

All New F-150 Frame
Additional safety features
New to F-150 is an advanced restraint system that includes an adaptive steering column that adjusts energy management depending on occupant size and safety belt usage. The system includes dual-stage airbags and side-curtain airbags.

The all-new F-150 offers the following safety features:

Safety belt pretensioners added to the belt anchor side that further tighten the lap belt around front seat occupants, keeping them in a more secure spot early in the event of a crash

Curve Control, a technology that will slow the vehicle when it senses the truck is going too fast for a particular curve

Available inflatable rear safety belts for SuperCrew – a segment-first feature

2015 Ford F-150 Inflatable Belt
Driver-assist features

The 2015 F-150 introduces all-new driver-assist and semi-autonomous technologies, including several class-exclusive features such as adaptive cruise control and active park assist.

Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support use radar in the front of the truck to measure the distance and speed of vehicles ahead. Using this information, F-150 can automatically slow to keep a consistent following distance set by the driver. Collision warning triggers visual and audio alerts if the system detects the following distance is diminishing too quickly and a collision may occur. It also pre-charges the brakes if the driver needs to stop suddenly.

Active park assist uses two ultrasonic sensors and electric power-assisted steering to help drivers parallel park. The sensors measure the gap between two vehicles to determine if there is enough room for the truck. After confirming the F-150 can fit, active park assist automatically steers the truck into the space, while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals.

Lane-keeping system is designed to help prevent a driver from drifting out of the intended driving lane. The system detects the left- or right-hand road lane markings using a camera mounted between the windshield and interior rearview mirror. A warning vibration in the steering wheel is used to alert the driver that the vehicle is drifting out of the lines. Semi-autonomous lane-keeping aid then can provide steering torque to help guide the vehicle back into the lane if needed.

Toughest, smartest, most capable and efficient F-150 ever
F-150’s advanced materials and weight savings lead to customer benefits regardless of model configuration or engine choice. The innovative new truck can tow up to 1,100 more pounds and haul up to 530 more pounds than the 2014 model, and it has the highest EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of any full-sized gasoline pickup on the market.

When equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine, the all-new F-150 4×2 returns EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Actual mileage will vary.

2015 Ford F-150

Surf’s Up 5k Little Surfer 1 Mile Virginia Beach VA

The 2015 Surf’s Up 5K and Little Surfer 1 Mile Race in Virginia Beach is just one of the many events going on near Portsmouth, VA, this April. As a benefit for One Team One Fight, the race funds go to support The Navy Seal and Travis Manion Foundations.

Important Details

If you’ve ever been part of a race event, you know it can be crazy. Figuring out where to go when is definitely a challenge, especially when you’re toting along tiny athletes. So here’s the skinny on the Surf’s Up and Little Surfer Race:

  • Date: The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, 2015.
  • Time: The 1-mile race starts at 8:30 am and the 5K starts at 9 am.
  • Location: Head over to Oceanfront Boardwalk at the corner of 17th Street and Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach to get in the race or cheer from the sidelines.

You’ll want to show up early for registration (see below) if you plan to sign up the same day. And notice that the times listed above are when the races actually start, so you’ll need to give yourself plenty of time to get prepared.

Sponsors of the 2015 Surf’s Up 5K and Little Surfer 1 Mile Race in Virginia Beach include Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks, P.F. Chang’s, Panera Bread, GNC, New Balance, and One Life Fitness.


Early registration has closed, but you can still register until April 1. The prices are tiered based on which race, how many runners, and the age of each runner.

  • Individual racer in the 5K: $40
  • 5K running team of 3 or more: $35 per runner
  • Individual racer in the kids run: $25
  • Kids running team of 3 or more: $20 per runner

All racers must be at least 2 years of age, and children will need a signed consent form to participate. There’s public parking for the event on site.


Few things are more exciting to a runner than collecting all of those race T-shirts. So you’ll be happy to know that all Surf’s Up 5K participants will receive a tech T-shirt as well as designer finishing medals. Little Surfer participants will earn a finishing medal regardless of their placement or finishing time.

If you plan to attend this race and it’s your first one, there are several things you’ll want to keep in mind. First of all, charity races are usually crowded because everyone wants to run to support a good cause. Second, if there are kids involved, there’s always the potential for a meltdown, whether from a boo-boo or exhaustion.

So you want to be prepared. Try to bring as little with you as possible so you can maneuver through the crowd easily. Sunblock up before you leave the car and be sure to leave everything you can in the car.

Above all, these races are meant to be fun. Happy runners mean a great event. So be sure to get out there, run your heart out, and have a great time supporting a great cause at this local event near Portsmouth, VA.

Declutter for the New Year

A new year is here and you’re ready to take control of your life. It’s a widely known fact that an organized home leads to an organized life, or at least that’s what our mothers have always told us. But in reality, it’s possible that that actually is a fact. Humans are sensory beings; we continue to take in information whether it’s relevant or not, as a necessary survival tactic. Whether that information is a lion ready to spring from the grasses or the overflowing stack of books in your home in Suffolk or Portsmouth, your brain takes in information from your surroundings. It follows, then, that de-cluttering gives your brain less information to process because there’s less stuff to process and allows you to better focus on more important things. In this article, we’re going to help you figure out how to de-clutter for the New Year. There are many ways to de-clutter, so we’re going to dip into ways to de-clutter your house, your schedule, and your mind.

De-clutter your House

It’s great to not be wasteful and hang on to things you might need in the future. But it’s not great to be so bogged down by all of the stuff you might need and have to waste your time going through all of that stuff to get to something you actually do need. For example, garages are meant to house cars and other means of active transportation. Garages are not meant to hold ten boxes of Christmas decorations you will only pull out once a year, five boxes of baby clothes you keep meaning to take to your niece, and eight boxes of stuff you haven’t had time to go through. Get rid of it. If you haven’t needed it in the past year, you don’t need it now. Donate it to the closest place you can in Suffolk or Portsmouth. All of it. Make sure there isn’t anything you really, truly need to keep and then get rid of the rest. Seriously, you don’t need all of those mementos, and neither do your kids, grandkids, cousins, or anyone else.

De-clutter your Schedule

Is there something you really want to do, to be, to learn? The only way you’re going to get there is to take the time to take out all of the extras that you really don’t need. Do you spend a chunk of time every day doing something that doesn’t contribute to your happiness? These aren’t necessities like walking the dog or getting done your housework, but extras like having a Netflix marathon or playing video games for hours. Unless you’re planning to be a movie, TV, or video game critic, these things are not contributing to your happiness. Stop wasting your time with diversions and start spending your time investing in your dreams. Your life is not just going to show up and be what you want it to be. You have to go out there and make it happen. Take control so you can be proud of all that you’ve accomplished.

How to Declutter for the New Year

De-clutter your Mind

When you take control of your life, you earn the supreme reward of spending your life the way you want. Keeping all of those things you don’t really need and spending your time on things that aren’t contributing to your lifelong happiness, isn’t contributing to living the life you want to live. Take the time to invest in yourself, invest in the life you want to live, and invest in a clear mind so you can truly focus on your future. De-cluttering doesn’t happen in a day, it’s not supposed to. But if you take the time to do it little-by-little in the places that mean the most, you’ll start to see the big changes it can make. Each thing that you own, each activity that owns your schedule, each person in your life is an attachment to something other than yourself. With so many attachments, you can feel as though you’re being pulled by strings and there’s no way to break free. You just have to decide to let the strings go, one by one, and before you know it, you’ll be free as a bird to do and be who and what you want to be. Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square would like to wish you and your family a happy new year. If you’d like to start the New Year off right with a new 2015 Ford model, stop by today and we will schedule you for a test drive.

Polar Plunge Virginia Beach, VA

Your ultimate guide to the 2015 Polar Plunge in Virginia Beach is here!

Polar plunges across the country raise funds for a variety of charitable organizations ranging from police departments to public school recreational programming. The Polar Plunge Winter Festival in Virginia Beach raises money for one of the best causes. In the United States, it is estimated that 4.6 million people have a developmental or intellectual disability. The Virginia Beach Polar Plunge raises funds to provide free programming for both children and adults with intellectual disability.

The theme for this year’s Polar Plunge Winter Fest is “The (Bow) Ties that Bind Us,” and takes place in Virginia Beach from February 6th through the 7th. The 2015 festival will include four great challenges with a variety of prizes and raffles. Prizes include t-shirts, beach towels, bow ties, and a chance to win some great prices including a $100 Walmart gift card, Water Country fun cards, Busch Gardens fun cards, two-night stay at Great Wolf Lodge, a $500 Walmart gift card, an Over the Edge Spot with helmet cam, hotel vouchers, and more.

On February 6th a Cool School Challenge will be held for students and teachers. Together, they’ll take a plunge into the ocean wearing bowties and sharing their pride. On February 7th three more events will take place. The Plunge 5K is a great 5K race for stroller pushers, walkers, and runners of any age. Online registration ends on February 1st but you can register on event day for $40. The Pee Wee Plunge will be held for plungers aged 10 and under. These tiny humans will plunge in to a cold (cool) kiddie pool and be entered to earn prizes. And the Polar Plunge will follow with over 3,500 plungers braving the Atlantic Ocean. The average water temperature of the Atlantic in early February is in the mid 30s. Plungers of all ages must raise at least $100 to participate in the plunge. Other events during this festive weekend include costume contests and a costume parade.

This event is a fundraiser above all, and a fun event second. Remember that you have to raise $100 to plunge, so getting those donations is huge. Make it a fun event and go door to door in your neighborhood with a group of other plungers, ask friends and family, or save up to donate on your own. Don’t be afraid to ask coworkers, teachers, and strangers for a donation. You never know who will be willing to contribute to the cause.

This year’s plunge is sponsored by FM99 WNOR, News Channel 3, 106.9 The Fox, WGNT, Virginia Natural Gas, Torch Run for Special Olympics Virginia, Knights of Columbus, Booz/Allen/Hamilton, Walmart, Hardees, Free Agents Marketing, United, Health Journal, Yelp. TJ Max, and more.

The event will take place on the oceanfront between 9th and 6th streets in Virginia Beach. In Richmond, Southwest Virginia, and Northern Virginia smaller plunges will take place for those who want to do more or who can’t attend the plunge in Virginia Beach. Local hotels will have special rates for those plunging, and local vendors will sell sandwiches and hot drinks in the heated Plunge tent.

Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square would like to wish you and your family a happy New Year. If buying a new 2015 Ford model is on your bucket list of things to do for 2015, stop by and see us to test drive 2015 Ford models.

Winter Activities Around Virginia Beach

When you’re looking for great winter festivals around Virginia Beach, you’ll find a whole list of fun events. But we’ve narrowed it down to what we think are the top three events in the area.

The Bacchus Wine & Food Festival at the Virginia Living Museum will take place this year on February 6th. The food and wine festival will feature samples of fine wines and delicious foods from local restaurants and wineries. Live music, silent auctions and great company with friends, neighbors, and colleagues make this an event you’ll remember.

Bacchus Wine and Food Festival From 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. guests will enjoy highly rated wines with priority access to tastings from all restaurants. The main event takes place from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. and includes wines and fare from local restaurants including Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant, The Point at Phoebus, Tucano’s Brazillian Grill, Montero’s Restaurant Bar and Catering, Schlesinger’s/Opus 9 and more. The event is sponsored by Old Point National Bank, Thomas Nelson Community College, Virginia Health Services, and more. Proceeds from this event will support the Virginia Living Museum’s community science education programs. Virginia Living Museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News, VA, just a 45 minute drive from central Virginia Beach.

The Winter Wildlife Festival takes place at Great Neck Recreation Center from February 5th through the 8th. Registration for the festival is free, but you’ll want to check out the registration form to sign up for some of the great events going on. There are so many things to learn, people to hear speak, and fun things to do including a rain barrel workshop, Cape Henry tour, and a Pleasure House Point birding event. Workshops, exhibits, and activities for children and adults are just a few of the wonders offered at this winter festival. Great Neck Recreation Center is located at 2521 Shorehaven Drive in Virginia Beach. Register online or at the registration center front desk during regular hours. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M., on Friday from 6:00 A.M. to 8:30 P.M., on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., and on Sunday from 11:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Visit the event website for more information or to sign up to be an exhibitor.
The Polar Plunge Winter Festival will be held in Virginia Beach from February 6th through the 7th. The event includes a Cool School Challenge plunge, Plunge 5K, Pee Wee Plunge, and Polar Plunge as well as a great festival of events. The festival will include a fun costumer contest and costume parade, as well as delicious offerings from local food vendors. Each plunger raises a minimum of $100 to go toward hosting free community events for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. All plungers will be entered to win some great prizes all according to their level of fundraising including t-shirts, beach towels, hotel vouchers, Busch Garden fun cards, Water Country fun cards, and even gift cards. The event will take place on the oceanfront between 6th and 9th streets in Virginia Beach.

No matter where you choose to spend your time this winter, Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square hopes you have a wonderful time with friends, family, great food, and great fun! Stop by and see us if you are in the market for a new 2015 Ford and we will schedule you for a test drive

Holiday Attractions in Portsmouth, VA

Holiday Events in Portsmouth, VAIf you have a family with young children, finding great holiday events can add to the magic of the season. Whether you’re celebrating the winter solstice, Kwanzaa, Chanukah, or Christmas, there are many opportunities to get out into the community and meet new people.

Around Portsmouth there are plenty of events to get you and your family involved. We’ve made a list of just four that are ongoing from now until the holidays are nearly over.

Visit Santa at Greenbrier Mall
Now through December 24th

Visit with Santa this holiday season and get your photo taken. With photo packages ranging from $22 to $47, there are great options for your budget. With the more expensive packages, you’ll get a free digital download of your photos, and every package comes with a free $10 or $20 promo code for Shutterfly. Your photos will be printed right there, so you can them to take home with you. Check out the website for special events with Santa, including pet photos with your dog or cat.

Snow Wonders – Let It Snow! at the Children’s Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth
Now through December 27th

Every Friday and Saturday evening at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 pm, this free event takes place between the museum entrance on High Street and the County Street parking garage. If you like the museum and the other events they have, such as the Family Gingerbread Workshops in December, you might consider signing up for the Holiday Pass for $12. They’re good for admission to three Portsmouth museums and activities at each one. 

Holiday Events Portsmouth, VAHoliday Events at Portsmouth Arts Center
From now until December 31st

The Portsmouth Arts center has a load of holiday events that can fulfill your family’s holiday wish list. On certain dates, Olde Town Santa will visit with the children, listen to holiday wishes, and take photos. Other ongoing events include ornament decorating, cookie decorating, and holiday candle dipping. On New Year’s Eve, they’ll hold a countdown at noon for the kiddos and have a party filled with magic, face painting, and balloons.

Winter Wonderland in Olde Town Portsmouth
On select dates from now until December 29th

Holiday Events in Portsmouth, VAAt the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, for just $3 per person (free for museum members), your family can enjoy a holiday celebration, a winter wonderland with animated carolers and skaters who visit Santa’s workshop, and an enchanted forest with deer and bears. The event will also include face painting, crafts, yummy holiday treats, and special performances, including music and carriage rides. Check the website for specific dates and times.

The holidays are all about celebrating the season, being thankful for all that we have, and having a great time. So take time this winter to contemplate with your family all of the wonderful things you experienced this year, whether it was an ending or a birth.

Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square would like to wish you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. If you’re in the market for a new car, come visit the dealership and check out our latest 2015 Ford models. Stop by today to take a test drive.


Chesapeake, VA Community Events in December

December Calendar Events:

Dec 6th 10:0am-11:30am & 12:30pm-2:00pm & Dec 12th 6:30-8:00pm

Gingerbread House Workshop

Children’s Museum of Virginia / 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Start the holiday season off with a new family tradition at the Children’s Museum of Virginia! Get everyone in the holiday spirit and bring your family and imagination to a gingerbread house workshop, sponsored by the Portsmouth Museums Foundation.



Dec 13 8:00-10:30am

Santa Breakfast Cruise

Spirit of Norfolk / Otter Berth Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510

Enjoy breakfast with Santa along the Elizabeth River! Each Child will get a visit with Santa. Photos will be available for purchase. Christmas Carol Sing-a-long and Storytime with Mrs. Claus as well as DJ playing kid-friendly music for entertainment. Candy canes for all!



Dec 14 9:00am-12:00pm & 2:00pm-5:00pm

Gingerbread House Decorating At the Lansdowne Resort Ballroom

Lansdowne Resort / 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg, VA 20176

Come have fun on Sunday, December 14 with our famous Gingerbread house decorating events. Yes, this year we will have twice the fun with two events. Sign up soon, there is limited availability!



Dec 16 4:30-6:30pm

The Hogwarts Express

Norfolk Botanical Garden / 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, VA 23518

Bring your witches and wizards out for a magical night in the Garden complete with butterbeer, horcrux ornaments, and take a ride on the tram through the Dominion Garden of Lights display.



Dec 19 7:00pm

Holiday Classics Storytime: Rudolph and the Night Before Christmas

Barnes & Noble / 1212 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Join us for a special Holiday Storytime on Friday, December 19 at 7:00 pm featuring Holiday classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Night Before Christmas. Kids, come in your PJs for stories and fun.


Best Holiday Gift Ideas 2014

Some holiday gifts are easy to choose: Little kids love anything that lights up or connects to something else, such as movies or video games, and coworkers and teachers appreciate small gifts such as ornaments or gift cards. But if you’re stuck as far as getting a thoughtful gift for the person you love most, here are five options to consider.

Best Holiday GiftsAside from the iPad, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is one of the hottest tablets around right now. And with its reasonable price point, it’s not difficult to find a reason to give this exciting gift. The bonus of this gift is, of course, the ease of integration between Amazon and the Kindle. Kindle apps are some of the best, and the table integrates easily with all of your favorites and more that are specific to Kindle. With awesome graphics and terrific technology, this is a superior gift. 

Why not get the music lover in your life a new portable record player for the upcoming holiday. Record players are making a comeback as younger generations begin to appreciate the authentic sound of music on vinyl. And whether it’s the newest Taylor Swift album or a throwback to Aerosmith, music is one way we communicate and connect with those around us. 

As bigger phones make their way into Best Holiday Giftsthe hands of users around the world, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the favorite kids on the playground. With optical image stabilization on the 16-mexapixel camera and the ultra-high definition 5.7-inch display, the Galaxy Note 4 is perfect for those swooning in this big phone craze. This one is notably loved for its stylus, which makes taking notes, drawing, and texting, among other functions, easier than ever. 

The all-new iMac with Retina 5K display is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about items on everyone’s holiday gift list. With 14.7 million pixels, the 5-mm thick, 27-inch LED-backlit Retina display is heavy on your purse strings but light on the eyes—beauty paired with some serious brain power.

Best Holiday GiftsWith up to a 4.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GM memory, AMD Radeon R9 M290X or R9 M295X graphics processor, and the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, OS X Yosemite, your gift recipient will probably feel like a rock star. If they don’t, the built-in apps and beautiful design will definitely bring them around. 

The Ford F-Series is the #1 hottest selling car in America. With 63,410 sales just in October of this year, the Ford F Series, including the F-150, F-250, and F-350, are the best trucks for those who want to haul heavy loads or all of their family members. These trucks are reliable, with the stamp of the Ford brand in their corner. Plus, with upgraded models such as the Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited, buyers are getting everything they want in a heavy-duty work truck with all of the luxury Ford offers.

When you’re shopping for those you love most, getting a gift that shows this love is important. With any of these gifts, it’s easy to customize with accessories. Whether those are a couple records, a gift card, a cool case, upgraded software, or an interior upgrade, they’ll be particularly special to those close in your life. Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square in Chesapeake, VA, would like to wish you and your family happy holidays. If you’d like to check out our new 2015 Ford models, visit us today to take a test drive!

Where To Volunteer/ Donate Around The Holidays in Chesapeake, VA

In the spirit of giving and being thankful, families across the world take the time during the holiday season to share their wealth with others. Whether that wealth is extra time, extra money, or a small gift, for those less fortunate it can make a huge difference. Sometimes what seems like a small thing to some, feels life-changing to someone else.

If you’re feeling thankful this season or you’re in need of a reminder of your own blessings, consider donating your time to some of our favorite organizations in Chesapeake.

Where to Volunteer

Toys for Tots is a wonderful program that distributes toys to children from disadvantaged families in the Chesapeake community. Whether you have the time to donate your time at their local warehouse, assist with meals, or assist in transportation and storage of toys, you’ll be helping out your community when you volunteer here. Run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Toys for Tots partners with local businesses like 92.9 The Wave, ESPN 94.1, and the Tidewater Division Mid-Eastern Region National Model Railroad Association.

Chesapeake Care Clinic provides dental and medical care to adults who don’t qualify for medical insurance. With an entirely volunteer staff, Chesapeake Care Clinic is always looking for more

qualified practitioners. Whether you’re a medical provider, dental provider, pharmacist or other health care professional, they’d be happy to have you. There are also volunteer opportunities for those who don’t have a health care background.

Volunteers of America in Chesapeake is always looking for volunteers. If you have time to spare this season, consider signing up for one of their volunteer programs. They have three main programs at Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter, Residential Program Center, and Loudon Emergency Homeless Shelter. You can also search for other volunteer opportunities in Maryland, DC and other areas of Virginia like Portsmouth and Suffolk.

The Chesapeake Humane Society is a safe-haven for abandoned and mistreated pets. With thousands of pets being abandoned every year, many of them will not be adopted and will either be transferred to a rescue group of humanely euthanized. Spending your time or money at a please like Humane Society could mean saving a life. Volunteering your time, donating money, or adopting a pet instead of buying a puppy, could be one life-changing for you and your family.

The City of Chesapeake Police Department Animal Services Unit can use your particular talents to help an abandoned pet find a new home. With opportunities including being an adoption counselor, kennel assistant, office assistant, taking care of the pets, being a shelter media technician or volunteer driver could help save the lives of hundreds of animals.

The Salvation Army is open to volunteers and donators year round. Around the holiday season, though, they look for Christmas Assistance volunteers to help set up the Christmas Depot warehouse and distribution. This program helps families having a tough time this holiday season, get presents for their children between the ages of 0 and 11. You could also help fill over 13,000 stockings for children ages 6-14, which will likely be the difference between feeling loved and feeling left out this holiday season.

Not everyone has time to donate their time, and that’s completely understandable. If you’re not able to volunteer, consider donating to any one, or all, of these charitable organizations. A small donation for you may be nothing, but for someone else could be what helps them get through the holiday season this year.

At Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square, we strive to help our community and donate to those in need. For any additional information please contact us today. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, stop by the dealership to take a test drive or view our current inventory page.