Car Presentation Held Monday, May 1, 2023, at the San Antonio Westin Riverwalk Parking Garage
SAN ANTONIO (May 2, 2023) – On Monday, May 1, two deserving San Antonio veterans experienced a life-changing event – a very special presentation in conjunction with the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) of two vehicles 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, USAA and repair partner, Caliber Collision, whose teammates volunteered their time and talent to refurbish the vehicles.
The presentation was included as part of the WIN Conference at the San Antonio Westin Riverwalk hotel. It is the second annual NABC Recycled Rides® presentation at the WIN Conference. The all-female Jr. ROTC Color Guard from local Johnston High School presented the colors for the event.
“It is an honor to partner with WIN again to present NABC Recycled Rides® vehicles to families and veterans in need,” said Jennifer Hubbard, Manager, Dealer Client Engagement, Automotive Services Group, for CCC Intelligent Solutions, as well as a member of the NABC® board and the secretary for the NABC® executive committee. “We wish Sequoyia and Vanessa and their families all the best on their continued path to independence.”
The recipients, both veterans, were nominated by nonprofit organizations, Grace After Fire and Soldiers’ Angels, respectively.
- Sequoyia Hurt, who served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 2009 to 2017, is a mother of four and cares for her disabled husband. They are working to launch a home-based business and lost their car in an accident a year ago. Since then, they have been challenged to find safe, affordable transportation. The gift of a 2017 Honda CRV will now allow Sequoyia to care for her family, manage medical appointments and get her children to school activities.
- Vanessa Hernandez, a single mother of three, served in the U.S. Army from 2008 to 2018. She has overcome homelessness, but still faced challenges with transportation. She used public transportation with her three children to shop, go to medical appointments and take them to school. She would like to get a full-time job, and the gift of a 2017 Mazda CX5 will now allow her to return to work, take her baby to daycare and care for her older children.
”As one of the nation’s largest automotive services providers, Caliber’s purpose is Restoring the Rhythm of Your Life® for our customers, teammates, clients and our neighbors in the communities we serve,” said Todd Dillender, Chief Operating Officer for Caliber Collision. “On behalf of all Caliber teammates, we thank Sequoyia and Vanessa for their service and are thrilled to know that these vehicles will restore their daily routines.”
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, Enterprise, Caliber Auto Care, Protec, IPAC Mazda, Dents and Dings and Axalta.
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.