Since 2008, ARK Charities has raised more than $450,000 to benefit 16 different Erie Charities.  Auto Racers For Kids Charities Inc. was developed to raise funds for local children’s charities through auto racing and golf. We at ARK found charities need help in raising funds for the great work they do.  ARK has found that the fans, drivers, tracks, and support people in auto racing are very giving and generous people and have stepped up to help us raise money for these great children’s charities.  We have since evolved our fundraising efforts to include bowling, wine tours and online raffles.  

The stories of these needy children tug at our heart strings every day and help keep ARK motivated to continue our mission.

This year Auto Racer’s for Kids will be supporting the following  charities: 


Second Harvest Food Bank The BackPack Program provides needy children with nutritious, child-friendly food when other resources, such as school lunches and after-school meals or snacks, are not available. Backpacks are discreetly distributed to participating children at schools on Fridays.  This program helps provide the proper nutrition necessary for overall growth, physical and cognitive development and satisfactory performance in school.

Second Harvest selects and obtains the food for our sites and volunteers assemble individual bags for distribution. The food is nonperishable, vitamin fortified, and easy to prepare and consume. Some of the types of items that might be included are juice, soup, nutritious snack bars and crackers.  Children might also share the food with younger siblings at home.

The BackPack Program was designed by Feeding America, the food bank network that Second Harvest belongs to. The idea originated in Little Rock, Arkansas, after a school nurse asked the local food bank for help because hungry children were coming to her with stomachaches and dizziness. The children’s symptoms of hunger brought home the growing need for food assistance among children in our land of plenty. Children comprise 30 percent of the individuals Second Harvest serves.


Autism Society – ASA increases public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. As a local chapter we make this information available to our membership and the community at large through support groups, our website, education, workshops, and seminars.  We are the title sponsor of the Autism Society’s “Auto Racers for Kids Social Lego Club”.


The Refuge –  is the only emergency shelter in Erie that can keep the entire family unit together by housing them in their own room.  This key element helps to provide some stability to children and families during the difficulties of homelessness.  The Refuge can house up to nine families at a time.  During their 30- to 45-day stay, families are empowered through assessment and advising, referrals to community resources, and personal attention to strive toward independence and permanent housing. Particular attention is given to the children at The Refuge, helping them work through the stress and transition that homelessness brings.  Last year, The Refuge sheltered 83.6% of all children in Erie’s homeless-shelter system and 63% of the homeless families.

Erie Dawn – Erie Dawn was founded in 1995 as a shared ministry of The Sisters of St. Benedict, The Sisters of Mercy and The Sisters of St. Joseph. Erie Dawn addresses the underlying root causes of homelessness, working with women to build assets, both tangible and intangible, for their future. The goal is to provide homeless women and their children with a home, while giving them the support, sources and tools they need to achieve economic self-sufficiency and permanent housing.

Erie Dawn provides Supportive Services, Youth Activities, Enrichment and Housing.

More information can be found at:



Listed below are the charities we have helped in the past. We ask you to get involved and help us help kids by donating your time or money to ARK.

  • CASA
  • St. Martin’s Center
  • Children’s Miracle Network
  • Make-A-Wish
  • Sarah Reed Children’s Center
  • Hunters Hope
  • Kiwanis of Erie
  • Achievement Center
  • Safe Haven Childcare Center
  • Bethesda Children’s Home
  • Shriner’s Hospital
  • Newspapers In Education
  • Operation Warm
  • Butterflies for Kids
  • Junior Achievement
  • SafeNet
  • Erie Home for Children and Adults
  • Community Shelter Services
  • Kaleidascope
  • Bethesda Trinity Center

For more information, contact us at

Auto Racers for Kids Charities, Inc.
Jill Blair – President
P.O. Box 9602
Erie, PA 16506

Your support allows us to fund these wishes and so much more!  Help Auto Racers For Kids Charities enrich the lives of area children.