Thursday, 28 March 2013 15:52

NABC's Operation Comfort Fundraising Kit Available to Repairers


The National Auto Body Council (NABC) recently announced that an Operation Comfort Fundraising Kit–complete with camera-ready artwork for posters, flyers, donation cards and envelopes–is now available on its website to make it easier for collision industry related companies to participate  in the NABC’s  $1.5 million Operation Comfort Capital Campaign.

The NABC is spearheading industry-wide efforts to raise funds to purchase, renovate and equip a 30,000-sq-ft. training facility in San Antonio, Texas, for Operation Comfort’s AutoMotivation program.

Wounded soldiers in the AutoMotivation program benefit from occupational and rehabilitative therapies as they work on automotive projects. NABC-led efforts take the program to the next level by providing opportunities for disabled soldiers to learn new job skills and acquire certified I-Car curriculum-based training for new career paths in the automotive industry.

“Our industry also benefits in the long-run because the outcome will be an increased pool of skilled, trained technicians,” said Chuck Sulkala, NABC Executive Director.  “The Operation Comfort Fundraising Kit is an ideal way for companies to engage their customers and staff in a community service project that gives back to the many men and women who have sacrificed much to serve our country.”

Suggested fundraisers that companies could implement include:
·    Donating a specified dollar amount for each repair or product sold.
·    Matching each dollar donated by customers and the local community, and
·    Offering a special promotion with proceeds to benefit Operation Comfort. 

Creative development of the Operation Comfort Fundraising Kit was donated by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which is also sponsoring a grand prize trip to Walt Disney World® Resort for the local shop that raises the most funds.  

“We wanted to offer a fun incentive and challenge to encourage as many companies as possible to join in our fundraising efforts for Operation Comfort,” said Mary Mahoney, Vice President for Enterprise, who also serves as chair of the marketing committee for the Operation Comfort Capital Campaign.

“The fundraising kit was designed to make it easy for companies to plan and quickly implement a wide range of fundraising activities and to show their support for our wounded veterans,” Mahoney said.  “All you have to do is download the artwork from the NABC website, add your logo, and print.”

Operation Comfort Fundraising Kit can be accessed via the NABC website at www.autobodycouncil.org.  The Enterprise-sponsored contest runs from April 1 to June 30. The awarding of the grand prize will be based on funds received by July 4, 2013. The winner will be announced at the NABC Board meeting July 23 in Boston.

For more information about the Operation Comfort Fundraising Kit, please contact Mary Mahoney at Mary.F.Mahoney@ehi.com .

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