For its collaboration and care, National Auto Body Council earned a 2017 ASAE Power of A Summit Award for Recycled Rides™, its industry-wide program to rebuild late-model vehicles and return them to a useful life for families who cannot afford to buy a vehicle.
“NABC’s Recycled Rides™ program began 10 years ago during the recession when people and companies had difficulties giving cash donations. So, we asked them to give a little of themselves in what they do or make every day. The work we do helps people get to work, school and doctors’ appointments, as well as accomplish the basics such as buy food and clothing,” said NABC Executive Director Chuck Sulkala.
NABC’s Recycled Rides™ program invites all members of the Automotive Collision Repair industry to participate. Insurers are asked to donate vehicles that are safe, yet because the cost of repair is more than the perceived value, the vehicles are considered unrepairable. Vehicles are also donated by rental car, salvage and auto auction companies. Shops are asked if their technicians will perform repairs by donating some time and effort. And, vendors are asked for donations of parts and services. With most of the actual “paid out cost” of the repair being donated, the cars become very repairable vehicles that can be gifted to a family in need of transportation.
This year NABC’s Recycled Rides™ program will donate approximately 300 vehicles throughout the United States. Since the program’s inception, they will have donated at least one car in every state, for a total of nearly 2,000. NABC works with locally involved charities who help select deserving recipients. Media attention at the gifting is then given to the industry, shop, insurer and the charity as well.
Overall, NABC’s Recycled Rides™ program and those who participate don’t give cars, they give dignity, as well as freedom to be able to work, shop, and live. The freedom of transportation allows recipients to visit family, search for a better job, and perhaps a better way of life, not just for them but for their children which will then also help their children’s children.
ASAE’s Power of A (association) Awards, the industry’s highest honor, recognize the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national and global levels. The Power of A Awards reward the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals who work tirelessly to strengthen lives, the workforce, our systems and structures, the economy and the world.
Congratulations and thank you to National Auto Body Council for exemplifying how associations strengthen the world.