Wednesday, 08 June 2022 09:06

United Way Launches New Car Repair Program in Maine

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United Way of the Tri-Valley Area in Farmington, ME, has launched a new program, in alignment with the strategic goal to help the community become more mobile.

Transportation has long been a challenge in greater Franklin County, and United Way is honored and excited to attempt to get more people on the road to work, appointments and social engagements.


The purpose of this Don’t Despair Car Repair Program is to provide assistance for individuals in need of car repairs in greater Franklin County, Livermore and Livermore Falls.


Assistance through the Don’t Despair Car Repair Program, an internal program at United Way of the Tri-Valley Area (UWTVA), is determined by an application process available on the United Way website, at partnering garages and at the United Way office, 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington.


Once an applicant is approved, assistance will be provided up to $1,000 per applicant. Currently there can be only one applicant per household and an applicant may be funded only one time. This allows United Way to help as many different households as possible. If repair exceeds $1,000, the payment of the customer portion must be paid to the garage prior to UWTVA sending payment.


Applications are reviewed and approved by a committee made up of five community members. Applications will be reviewed within a 48-hour turnaround time. For a full list of guidelines and the applications, visit a participating garage or uwtva.org.


Participating garages have been initially determined and are spread throughout the county and Livermore and Livermore Falls. Garages currently include:


  • Foster Career and Technical Education Center, Farmington
  • Phillips Motor Sports, Farmington
  • Romano’s Garage, Livermore Falls (this garage is also FEDCAP approved)
  • Rick’s Auto, Wilton (this garage is also FEDCAP approved)
  • Boyce’s Auto, Kingfield
  • Poulin’s Garage, Kingfield
  • Merrill’s Garage, Jay
  • Hilltop Collision, Jay
  • St. Pierre’s Garage, East Jay
  • Randy Keach Auto, New Sharon
  • RP Auto Repair, Rangeley
  • KOOBS Garage, Oquossoc
  • Maine Wrench, Strong


For additional information about United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, visit www.uwtva.org or call 778-5048.


We thank the Daily Bulldog for reprint permission.