Tuesday, 15 September 2020 18:25

CREF Determined to Deliver Industry Support, Critical Resources to Schools Impacted by COVID-19


The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) wants to publicly thank the insurance industry for rallying behind it during a time when raising funds is extremely difficult.

Six extremely generous insurance organizations have stepped in to offer their support, donating funds that can help CREF make good on its mission of connecting the next generation of collision repairers with education and resources to help further advance the industry at large.


Donations to CREF are down nearly 50% due to COVID-19, putting critical programs, including school grants and support, in jeopardy for 2020 and beyond.


“The industry has always placed a premium on education and investing in the next generation of collision repair professionals,” said Clark Plucinski, CREF executive director. “With so many of our own facing difficult times, we know giving can be challenging. I would like to thank the insurance community for mobilizing to support our work and humbly call on those in position to offer their support to do so. No donation is too big or too small.”


CREF would like to thank the following insurers for their generous 2020 donations: Allstate, Erie Insurance, Farmers Insurance, GEICO, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Nationwide, State Farm and USAA.


“Erie Insurance is proud to support the Collision Repair Education Foundation in their critical mission of promoting and training men and women for careers in the collision repair industry,” said Shane Wohlrabe, Erie Insurance VP material damage claims.


“GEICO is extremely proud to work with CREF and their efforts to encourage and support men and women across the country who are looking for a chance to start a solid career with unlimited growth opportunities," said D. Ryan West, claims AVP at GEICO. "The collision repair industry is a wonderful place to develop and match your skills to a service that is in great demand.”

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