An award-winning benevolence program run by Akzo Nobel’s Car Refinishes business in the United States has helped to provide vehicles for families in need for the fifth successive year.
The pioneering National Benevolence Program—which is run jointly by Car Refinishes North America and its Acoat selected partner bodyshops across the country—is an annualinitiative designed to hand over restored cars to the less fortunate.
The program involves the partner bodyshops repairing a badly wrecked car (employees donate labor), with suppliers donating parts and Akzo Nobel providing the paint. A local insurance company also gives insurance cover for the first six or 12 months.
Hundreds of families have benefited from the program since it was launched, with 26 collision repairers from all over the country having participatedduring 2003, including bodyshops in Utah, Texas, Kansas, Nevada, California and Florida.
The 2003 program culminated last month when, in keeping with tradition,the restored vehicles were presented to their new owners during the Christmas holiday season.
(Released: January 12, 2004)