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Friday, 06 May 2022 13:42

NABC Recycled Ride® Program Donates Vehicle at WIN Conference

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On May 3, there were big smiles and tears of joy as 21-year-old Olivia Carter celebrated a major milestone in her quest for independence---the presentation of a vehicle to help her get to work, take care of herself and enroll in college this fall.

This is all thanks to vehicle donor GEICO, collision repair partner Caliber Collision and supporter Enterprise, who teamed up for a very special National Auto Body Council (NABC) Recycled Rides® presentation at the 2022 Women’s Industry Network (WIN) Conference held in Greenville, S.C.
 
Carter was selected by Fostering Great Ideas (FGI), which serves as advocates for children and teens struggling in the foster care system throughout the nation. They work to bring great ideas to life that improve lives, restore hope, build meaningful relationships and increase community-wide engagement. Their commitment to children provides significant support for them during their foster care journey.
 
Carter is a FGI Aspire student who also has a long-time mentor with FGI. She has been in foster care from the age of 10 until she aged out at 18. She spent most of her time in foster care living in a group home. She now lives with her dad, who travels out of town a lot so she's home alone a majority of the time with no vehicle. She has to Uber to work every day, and relies on online delivery services for grocers and household items.

 

Carter just got her driver’s license the week before, so the presentation of a vehicle was a big day for her as she plans her path to independence and success.
 
“I’ve never been so happy in my entire life,” Carter said. “I can’t believe this is real. Thank you to everyone who made this day possible. I believe in paying things forward, and I have to find a way to share this gift to help other people now.”
 
NABC Recycled Rides is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to...


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