“Every day vehicles are abandoned or ‘written off’ by owners or insurance companies due to mechanical issues or body damage. Some of these vehicles are only years old with minimal damage,” said David Raymond, the operations manager of Clean Fleet Auto Body. “Often times with a little restoration, these cars can be returned to the road in perfectly safe driving condition. We, at Clean Fleet Auto Body, believe these cars are going to waste and we’ve decided to do something about it. “
Raymond said that in 2011 many local businesses in the community teamed up to make the first Benevolence program possible with donations of parts, materials and services toward restoring the vehicle. Gifts and groceries were also donated.
The body shop is seeking applicants looking to receive a “hand up, not a hand out,” who are working hard to become independent but lack of reliable transportation interferes with their current and future economic status. Applicants wishing to qualify are required to write a one-page narrative explaining how the vehicle will assist their family to become more self-sufficient.
Applications are open to the public and must be received by November 1.
The shop’s goal is to reward the family with not only a vehicle, but to cover any expenses associated with the vehicle for at least one year. Any monetary donation provided, whether it be $10, $50, $100 or $1,000, will go toward the purchase of parts, insurance, gas cards and oil changes. The shop is also accepting groceries and toys.
On December 18 at 2:30 p.m., Clean Fleet Auto Body will host the Benevolence Program Patron Party where the recipient will be presented with the vehicle. All donors will be recognized by name or logo on a stage billboard and will be announced over the microphone during the presentation and throughout the event. The shop is looking for food or beverage donations for the party from local restaurants, caterers, and food/beverage distributors.
“We are excited and feel so fortunate to be giving back to a Community that has supported us for nearly 35 years,” said Raymond. “We not only hope to grow this program and increase the number of vehicles given away each year, but to also encourage other local business to adopt similar programs of their own.”
For more information, contact Raymond at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 888-0000.