As a 501c3, TSAR keeps its operating costs to a minimum. Members are responsible for providing their own personal gear as well as transportation to and from rescue missions.

Search and rescue emergencies require specialized equipment, including communications and technical evacuation equipment, which are purchased and maintained by the group.

If you are interested in supporting wilderness search and rescue but are unable to participate directly in our activities, consider making a financial contribution to TSAR.

Donate through PayPal

Donate through PayPal

Donations are tax deductible and can also be made by contacting the Plans Section Chief at

Designate TSAR for United Way Giving

Combined Federal Campaign Number – 76808

TSAR United Way Number – Penisula 9057

TSAR United Way Number – South Hampton Roads 1248

Sponsor List


  • Hampton Department of Parks and Recreation
  • National Parks: Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge– Chesapeake, VA
  • Newport News Department of Emergency Management – Newport News, VA
  • Newport News Department of Parks and Recreation – Newport News City Park-Newport News, VA
  • Suffolk Fire Department – Suffolk, VA
  • Tidewater Emergency Management Services– Norfolk, VA
  • Virginia State Parks