Car Presentation Took Place Wednesday, April 19, at the 13th Annual I-CAR Charity Golf Tournament in Atlanta
MEDIA NOTE: Photos and video from the NABC Recycled Rides® Presentation are available here.
ATLANTA, GA (April 20, 2023) – On Wednesday, April 19, two deserving Atlanta area residents, including a military veteran, experienced a life-changing event – the donation of a vehicle to provide them independence and the ability to work and take care of their families – thanks to the National Auto Body Council Recycled Rides® program along with car donor Farmers Insurance and repair partners Classic Collision and Caliber Collision, whose teammates donated their time and skills to restore the vehicles.
The presentation was held at the 13th Annual I-CAR Golf Tournament, located at The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farm in Woodstock, benefiting the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The deserving recipients were selected by The Warrior Alliance and Family Promise of North Fulton/DeKalb.
“It’s gratifying to provide needed vehicles for a military veteran and a single mom,” said Gerry Poirier, National APD Strategy and Process and NABC board member. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with Classic Collision and Caliber Collision on this program.”
The recipients included:
- Yaka Wyatt, a single mother with a young child who was nominated by Family Promise of North Fulton/DeKalb, received a 2017 Hyundai Sonata. She had previously lost her home, her previous car and most of her belongings through a series of unfortunate events. Her current vehicle is very old and needs significant repairs that cost more than the vehicle’s value. Since being in the Family Promise program Yaka has obtained employment, she has paid off portions of her debt and rebuilt her credit. This vehicle will allow her to continue caring for her child and progressing in her path to independence.
- Jason Mindy, a U.S. Army veteran who served from 1990 to 2004, received a 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. He was nominated by The Warrior Alliance. Jason was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon and National Defense Service Medal, and has been without a car for over a year. He relies on public transportation to get to everywhere outside of walking distance. Having a reliable form of transportation would give him much more flexibility and freedom to get to VA doctor appointments, be more active within his veteran community, and be able to have his own means of getting around.
“My first thought was WOW, this is going to help me so much,” said Mindy. “I am so grateful to everyone who helped make this a reality.”
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 include 1-800 Charity Cars, Enterprise, I-CAR, Caliber Auto Glass, Axalta, Accurate Wheel Repair, Nalley Hyundai, Suwanee Auto Repair, ProTech, Paintlines, Collision Repair Education Foundation, Troncalli Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge, Imperial Autosports, Tri-County Chevrolet, PPG, Ultimate Auto Glass and Electronics, LKQ, Copart and AutoNation Hyundai Mall of Georgia.
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.
Founded in 1997, the Caliber portfolio of brands has grown to more than 1,600 centers nationwide and features a full range of complementary automotive services, including Caliber Collision, the nation’s largest auto collision repair provider across 41 states, Caliber Auto Care for mechanical repair and quick oil change services and Caliber Auto Glass for glass repair and replacement. Caliber was recognized as the only company of its kind to make the Forbes 2021 list of “America’s Best Large Employers,” an honor awarded to companies with high employee satisfaction. Caliber was also the only auto service provider to receive an Inc. 2021 Best in Business gold medal in the Extra-Large Company (500+ employees) category, recognizing Caliber for going above and beyond to make a positive impact. With the purpose of Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life®, Caliber’s more than 25,000 teammates are committed to getting customers back on the road safely—and back to the rhythm of their lives. Dedicated to providing an outstanding customer experience, Caliber continues to rank among the highest customer satisfaction scores in the industry. Learn more about Caliber at Caliber.com.
ABOUT CLASSIC COLLISION™
Classic Collision was established in 1983 in Atlanta, Georgia with a single goal: to offer quality service to its customers with integrity and honesty. We do this by employing the best talent and using the highest-quality materials. Classic Collision is one of the largest privately held national providers of auto body repair services with over 200 state-of-the-art repair facilities in 15 states across the U.S. For almost 40 years, Classic Collision has put customer satisfaction first in all we do. We are proud to provide high-quality auto body repairs with properly trained technicians and the appropriate equipment. We hold numerous manufacturer certifications and factory-direct training which makes us a leader in comprehensive collision repair.