The Car Presentation to Recipients Took Place June 20 in Lakeland
MEDIA NOTE: Photos and video from the NABC Recycled Rides® Presentation are available (here)
LAKELAND, FL (June 21, 2023) – On June 20, a deserving Winter Garden woman experienced a life-changing event – the presentation of a vehicle to provide her independence and the ability to work – thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program along with car donor Allstate and CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection South Lakeland.
The presentation was held at the new CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection South Lakeland, 500 Commerce Drive, Lakeland, FL. This is the 13th NABC Recycled Rides® vehicle presented by CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection over the years. The deserving recipient were selected by Jobs Partnership.
“The family who owns CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection – Fred Haberl and his daughter Heather Culleton – have always been committed to giving back to the Lakeland community through many different programs, including NABC Recycled Rides®,” said Debby Robinson, executive director for the National Auto Body Council®. “We are so proud to partner with them, along with vehicle donor Allstate, to help Mireille continue her progress toward her nursing degree while working as a certified nursing assistant and going to school.”
The recipient, Mireille Constant, received a refurbished 2013 Honda Accord that was donated by Allstate and refurbished by CARSTAR Autobody Resurrection South Lakeland. She recently graduated from Jobs Partnership’s LifeWorks program. During the 12-week program, she has been diligent, humble and hardworking. She is consistently on time for weekly classes, does all her homework, and has participated in both in-class and outside events. She always expresses deep gratitude for our life and work content, the coaches, and speakers. Working as a nursing assistant, Mireille attends classes at in addition to attending the classes at Jobs Partnership, and is always on time, on task, and committed to her path forward. Mireille received the highest recognition for her commitment to the program during graduation and was awarded the high honor of the Star Student award for participants who have overcome obstacles and were a delight in class. Based on her dedication, tenacity and character, the addition of a reliable vehicle will help propel her life forward.
“This is truly a blessing,” said Mireille. “I’m so grateful to everyone who made this possible – Allstate, CARSTAR and my supporters at Jobs Partnership. When you receive this kind of blessing, you want to share it with others.”
NABC Recycled Rides® is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides® program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council have donated more than 3,000 vehicles valued at some $42 million.
Additional partners in the NABC Recycled Rides® presentation included 1-800 Charity Cars, Auto Glass Now, LKQ, Keystone, AutoNation, PPG, Ben’s Paint Supply and Arc Towing.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL AUTO BODY COUNCIL®
The National Auto Body Council® is the premier organization of collision industry partners dedicated to strategic networking opportunities that positively change lives in the communities we serve. The collaborative membership of the National Auto Body Council® has gifted more than 3,000 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for over 5,000 First Responders and is helping educate students and adult drivers in communities around the country through NABC Recycled Rides®, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the NABC® Drive Out Distraction program. That effort equates to a 4:1 ROI in dollar value delivered from NABC® membership dollars. The National Auto Body Council® is changing the paradigm of how the collision industry works and is viewed. For more information, visit www.NationalautoBodyCouncil.org.