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Title: Kamenetz Visits Vehicles for Change for Life-Changing Key Presentations

Non-Profit Provides Reliable Cars to Low-Wage Families

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz spent time with three hard-working parents as they accepted the keys to a better life by picking up their low-cost reliable cars from Vehicles for Change, a Halethorpe non-profit auto service shop and mechanic training center.

Mechanics in training work on car

Vehicles for Change refurbishes and provides donated cars to low-wage families so that they can get and keep good jobs and transport their children to sports, doctors’ appointments and extracurricular activities. In addition to refurbishing vehicles to sell to low-wage families, Vehicles for Change also trains low-income individuals and ex-offenders to become auto mechanics.

Vehicles for Change President Martin Schwartz and staff members presented the keys to refurbished vehicles to three car buyers today:

  • Aaron Davis, a single father of two who works at Ikea,
  • James Jones, a single father who was trained by Vehicles for Change and now works as a mechanic at Heritage Mile One Volkswagen in Owings Mills,
  • Wendy Peters, a single mother from Prince George’s County.

Local business people routinely tell me that they need employees with reliable transportation to keep their businesses running and growing,” said Kamenetz. “Vehicles for Change offers tremendous benefits to the thousands of families they have served, and also helps our local economy overall.”

Vehicles for Change is the largest program of its kind in the nation and has awarded more than 4,700 cars and improved some 16,450 lives in Maryland and Virginia since 1999. The non-profit auto center works with the public directly and also with sponsoring social services and job training agencies that provide a subsidy to help cover the client’s purchase cost.

 

 

According a recent survey conducted for Vehicles for Change:

  • 75% of their clients have gotten better jobs – increasing their income by an average of $7,000 per year.
  • Clients reduced their commute time by an average of 90 minutes.
  • 100% of their clients were using their car to take children to after-school activities.

People may get more information by contacting Vehicles for Change at 855-820-7990, or vehiclesforchange.org.

Photos from today’s event are available on the County website.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017