Donated cars are the fuel for Good News Garage’s Wheels to Work program and the families who entrust their vehicles to us are very important. Many of our donors have given multiple vehicles to Good News Garage. Good News Garage prides itself on providing excellent, personalized service for our donors, and this is reflected by these impressive statistics (obtained from surveying our vehicle donors) and through the words of our donors.
Read what vehicle donors are saying about us:
"The donation process was helpful, useful and inspiring. It feels good to know the old car went to a good cause."
94% of car donors say they would donate to Good News Garage again
90% of car donors reported that their car was picked up when promised
88% of car donors reported that their car donation was completed quickly
– Saul G., Montpelier, VT
"It is very important to me that this donation helps a low income family. The GNG staff were all professional and helpful. This is the second car I have donated to them and I will certainly do so again in the future!"
– Michele F., Maynard, MA
"Thanks for being there for us and others!"
– Bob K., Etna, NH
"The folks as Good News Garage make donating a car so easy ... and what a great feeling to know that a family is now using the car I loved!"
– Maria H., New London, CT
"Process was really easy and the staff were great. Even when I was disappointed that my car couldn't be repaired, they reassured me that I was still helping a family in need because the money from the car would go toward helping repair other cars to give to families. It made me feel like I was still helping."
– Stefani H., Richmond, VT
Martha “Marty” Lindberg Mann, former vice president of marketing and communications for Lutheran Social Services (now Ascentria Care Alliance): “Edie Lohr, president of Lutheran Social Services, and I were present at the birth of GNG. I remember saying to Edie, 'This is a crazy idea!' But she didn't think so, and she encouraged a cluster of Vermont Lutheran congregations to come together in support of Hal Colston's passionate belief that poverty could be defeated, one family at a time, through ownership of a reliable, donated vehicle. His passion was contagious! And it was my responsibility as chief communicator for Lutheran Social Services to help spread the word to the media and community that donating a car would change a life. Clearly, it was an idea whose time had come! Before we knew it, CBS and NBC and NPR were on our doorstep in Burlington seeking personal stories of low income families who were gaining financial self-sufficiency because they finally had a ride to work.
The word has clearly spread throughout the region in the more than 20 years since GNG was founded, and many other charities have copied the model. Now, it is my turn – and my joy – to join the army of car donors to Good News Garage. Crazy idea? No. A stroke of genius!”
Thank you Marty for your donation, your vision, and your dedication to helping launch Good News Garage!
Jodie Justofin, vice president of strategic marketing and communications at Ascentria Care Alliance: “I am so inspired by the empowering impact our Good News Garage program has on families in need of reliable transportation,” says Jodie. “When it came time to replace our vehicles, there was no question we’d donate them to GNG in support of their great work.”
Jodie and her son Jeff both donated cars in 2017: a 2001 BMW X5 and a 2001 Nissan Sentra. Both vehicles were sold at auction with the proceeds supporting Good News Garage programs.
Angela Bovill, president and CEO of Ascentria, and her husband David (pictured):
“We are glad to be able to help in every way that we can to make a difference in people’s lives!"
The Bovills supported GNG in 2017 by donating two vehicles: a 2002 Saturn and 2005 GMC Yukon. The Saturn was sold at auction and the Yukon is currently being used as a “chase” car to assist with operations.