Goodbye to 2021!
In spite of an extremely competitive used car market, and thanks to the ongoing generosity of our vehicle donors, financial donors, business sponsors, partner mechanics, and grant funders, Working Wheels was able to help 71 families through both the Vehicle Purchase Program and Vehicle Repair Program in 2021. It takes a wide web of support to provide our program participants with safe and reliable transportation, and the effects of these efforts reverberate throughout our community!
“I have been working with the YWCA and the YMI Cultural Center to improve my circumstances after incarceration. I am working and am on the waiting list for nursing school through A-B Tech, and I will be able to use this vehicle to get to work and school as well as help out my family. Thank you!” –Shabazz, referred by the YWCA of Asheville
“I just gained custody of my son. He is 12 years old. He was being homeschooled and could not read. He has just started going to school. My old car was not reliable. I am committed to helping my son. I know I will need to get to work to keep my son and bring him to tutoring after school because he is so behind. I slipped through the cracks in school and I do not read and write well. I have been going to tutoring through the Literacy Council for 2 years and this has helped me. I want my son to do better than me. This car will help. Thank you.” –Jeffrey, referred by Pisgah Legal
Growing into 2022!
While the Working Wheels Vehicle Purchase Program serves participants without cars, our Vehicle Repair Program enables us to support participants who currently own a car but aren’t able to afford necessary repairs.
For households who do not have the ability to cover an unexpected vehicle expense, the Vehicle Repair Program can help bring local families peace of mind and minimize disruption in their lives. Repair program participants are referred by our partner agencies, and the repair work is done in partnership with local auto mechanics.
As we continue to grow our repair program, we are so grateful for the support of our partners at Buncombe County, the Dogwood Health Trust, the WNC Bridge Foundation, the Biltmore Company, the Sisters of Mercy NC Foundation, and the Asheville Merchants Fund, the Chaddick Foundation, and the Human Services Fund, who are working with us to expand our capacity.
We hope you will join us in supporting the expansion of the Vehicle Repair Program throughout 2022 by making a donation today!