Colrain resident receives car from New England nonprofit

  • Colrain resident Alexandra DiCarlo recently received a 2008 Subaru Outback from the New England-based nonprofit Good News Garage. Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 10/26/2020 5:09:32 PM

COLRAIN — Resident Alexandra DiCarlo recently joined the company of more than 5,000 people in the region since 1996 who have received a donated, refurbished vehicle from the New England-based nonprofit Good News Garage.

“The goal really is to provide (recipients) with reliable transportation and set them on a path toward financial self-sufficiency and independence, so they can continue to move their lives in an upward trajectory,” said Tom Kupfer, marketing specialist with Good News Garage.

The nonprofit recently gave DiCarlo a 2008 Subaru Outback. She could not be reached for comment.

In Massachusetts, Good News Garage works in partnership with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), which refers applicants who have gone through the rehabilitation process and have a written plan for employment.

“As long as we have the vehicles … we can hopefully award a car to everyone that the MRC refers to us as being eligible,” Kupfer said.

The mission of Good News Garage is to help people over barriers to affordable and reliable transportation.

“We’ve found that without transportation, people can’t get a job,” he said. “So having reliable, stable employment and having transportation, really ... go hand-in-hand.”

The responsibility of Good News Garage, he said, is to encourage people to donate their used vehicles, and to then inspect those vehicles and determine whether they are fit to be given to an MRC client.

“Without those vehicle donations from the public, the program wouldn’t be able to operate,” Kupfer said. “There’s a constant need for vehicle donations.”

Vehicles that are donated but require excessive repairs are auctioned off, he explained, and those funds are used to help pay for repairs on other vehicles.

“Every car that’s donated … helps make a difference,” he said.

With winter just around the corner, he added, donations are especially critical.

“People who may have been getting by, on foot or by public transportation, won’t be able to do that practically,” Kupfer said. “They’ll really need a car to continue to do their day to day.”

For those who would like to donate, more information is available at goodnewsgarage.org.

Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne


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