The pioneering Acoat selected National Benevolence Program is a partnership initiative designed to hand over renovated cars to the less fortunate.
The scheme involves collision repair companies fully refurbishing vehicles that would otherwise have been written off or discarded. Employees donate labor, with suppliers donating parts and Akzo Nobel providing the paint. The repaired cars are then presented to families in need or non-profit organizations.
Launched in 1999, the vehicles are traditionally handed over around Christmas time and some of the latest recipients are due to be officially handed the keys to their new vehicles this week.
“In 2003, we had 26 collision repair facilities participate in the program, but that number has more than doubled this year, and so has the number of people that are assisted,” explained this year’s program coordinator for Akzo Nobel, Chris Donnelly.
“We are thrilled to continue to support the benevolence program, which helps so many families throughout North America.” Throughout the month of December, participating Acoat selected members will deliver the refurbished vehicles to their new owners, with some participants giving away more than one car. Surrounding businesses often supply the families with other gifts and necessities as well.
“We have participated in the program for four years and have given away nine vehicles,” said Ragen Rose, human resources manager for Mike’s Autobody Inc. in Concord, California. “Several area businesses also assist us with insurance, gas cards, oil changes, tires, gift certificates and other items that are given to the families. It is an amazing feeling to be able to help others.”
Added Jim Boggs, owner of a bodyshop in South Jersey, which will this week be giving away a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass to a worthy recipient: “Hopefully this car will make a big change in someone’s life. This will boost their ability to get to work and provide for their family, as well as helping them to get on with their life.”
(Released: December 13, 2004