A local outdoor group has found balance between the genuine love of a sport, environmental conservation and philanthropic work within the community.
Over the past three years, the Forsyth County Jeepers or FoCo Jeepers as they call themselves, have been supporting local organizations in need, picking up litter on trails and driving through the north Georgia area in their shiny souped-up Jeeps.
Billy Moore, club president for the Forsyth County Jeepers and driver of a 2007 Jeep Rubicon, said that he started the club several years ago after growing increasingly distant from the increasingly popular Georgia Jeepers Club that he used to be a part of.
“It was just a huge, monster group, that there was no close fellowship or close friendship that really evolved because they have like 18,000 members. So I decided to start a local community group here in Forsyth County and surrounding counties to bring everyone closer together,” Moore said.
Since the group consolidated they have focused on being leaders in the community and, when not out on rides, they try to work towards helping a group, family or individual in the community that needs them.
Moore said in the past few years they have driven doctors to the hospital during ice storms, ridden in the Fourth of July parade, baked cookies for law enforcement on Christmas, and helped to raise money and donations for programs like Blessings in a Backpack, the Wounded Warrior Project and Back the Blue.
“It’s the love of the community. The Jeepers always want to assist and help people whenever we can,” he said.
Bob Evans, an administrator for the FoCo Jeepers group and driver of a Jeep Wrangler said part of the fun of being in a community like theirs is getting out and doing events that benefit the community.
“Jeeping is about going out and having fun, enjoying the friendships of your fellow Jeepers getting involved in community events and supporting things we think are worthy in the community,” Evans said.
Evans said that recently the FoCo Jeepers have set their sights on helping a family new to Forsyth.
According to him, one of their members was browsing Facebook and noticed a post from a woman who was asking for help from the community after her husband’s heart problems left them in financial dire straits.
“After we met this couple, we more or less fell in love with them. They are just down to earth people who are having a really hard time,” Evans said.
He said that by using the group as a platform, they were able to rally their members and the community to help support the family through their GoFundMe page.
“If it’s a good cause, we are all united, whoever it is, where ever it is, we will come together,” Evans said.