Reach Out Worldwide, Paul Walker’s charity, has been doing well after his death, with an “overwhelming” outpouring of love, said operations manager J.D. Dorfman.
Following Walker’s death on November 30, his family asked fans to donate to the charity.
“Paul Walker’s family appreciates the outpouring of love and goodwill from his many fans and friends,” one of Walker’s representatives said on Walker’s official Facebook page. “They have asked, in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide.”
Dorfman told E! News that the charity has received on average 20 calls an hour from people wanting to help. “It hasn’t slowed down at all,” he said.
Among the offers: Plans to hold car rallies to raise money for the charity.
Dorfman said the charity has heard from a range of people, from auto industry experts to film enthusiasts.
Reach Out Worldwide was founded in 2010 after earthquakes severely damaged Haiti. Walker and Roger Rodas, who was Walker’s financial advisor and also died in the car crash, founded the charity.
The charity sent out small, highly mobile teams of volunteers to help out after disasters, including the recent typhoon in the Philippines.
“The idea that people I’d gotten to know might have been hurt or killed brought the disaster a lot closer to home,” Walker told Merrill Lynch, referring to the Haiti earthquakes.
“We aren’t going to change the world. But we’d like to think we’ve made a difference in the lives of hundreds of people.”
Rodas helped Walker start the charity.
“Becoming a foundation means it can accept donations, which in turn allows Paul to scale up his philanthropy,” Rodas said.
Walker added: “Instead of just writing a check, we’re seeing how much more bang for the buck we can get by giving of ourselves and spending every dollar on the cause. As tragic as the disasters are, people consistently rise above the bleakness by focusing on what they still have. It gives you a lot of hope.”