Some Benevolence cars are used by their recipients for many years as a reliable form of daily transportation, while others eventually sell them or give them to family members.
Either way, the vehicle helps these families and individuals enhance their lives while setting themselves up for ongoing success. In many ways, these vehicles enable people to pay it forward and help others after receiving the gift of transportation.
In 2016, military veteran Cassidy Nolan and his wife, Jillian, drove their 2015 Chrysler 200, donated by Hertz and refurbished by Mike's Auto Body, until their family increased in size, requiring a larger vehicle.
"We now have a third child, Colt Maximus Nolan, so we had to get a bigger car, so now we have a 2016 Ford Explorer," Cassidy explained. "But without the money we received from the sale of the Chrysler, we never would have been able to acquire our new vehicle.
"When we got the car from Mike's Auto Body, it offered us mobility and enabled us to achieve so many things that we wouldn't have been able to do. It gave us a great jumpstart. We were able to go on a couple family vacations because of that car, so it definitely improved our overall quality of life. We visited family in Chico, CA, and also visited the Monterey Aquarium and took another vacation where we drove more than 2,300 miles throughout the West over three weeks. It also gave us financial support so that we could get a new vehicle and go to the next level as I pursued my education."
At the time of the vehicle presentation, Cassidy was a student at Napa Valley Community College (NVC), and now he is on track to graduate from the University of California, Berkeley (known as Cal) next year in May. He was also the social media director of Cal Veterans Group when he received the car, but now he is the organization's president and proud of it. In this role, he is in a position to help many of the 300 veterans who are currently enrolled at Cal.