Nonprofit helps Greenfield man get new ride

  • Greenfield resident Jeremy Prevost, 32, recently received a 2008 Saturn Astra from the vehicle donation nonprofit Good News Garage. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 5/26/2021 5:41:48 PM

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man has a new set of wheels thanks to a vehicle donation nonprofit.

Jeremy Prevost received a used 2008 Saturn Astra earlier this month from Good News Garage, a charity that started in Burlington, Vt., in 1996. The vehicle will enable Prevost to more easily commute to his new job at Stop & Shop and to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he plans to continue his studies of environmental science once campus reopens.

“I just don’t want to do online,” he said. “I need to be on campus. I need to be in an academic setting in order to excel.”

Prevost, 32, said he got connected to Good News Garage through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, a state agency dedicated to helping people with disabilities to live and work independently. Good News Garage Marketing Specialist Thomas Kupfer explained the organization fosters partnerships with state agencies, currently limited to Massachusetts and Vermont, though the scope will change to accommodate other New England states.

Prevost said his new Astra is in great shape and has only 18,000 miles on it, despite being 13 years old.

“It runs great, actually,” he said.

Prevost is not the only Franklin County resident to receive a car from Good News Garage. In October 2020, Colrain resident Alexandra DiCarlo received a 2008 Subaru Outback.

Kupfer said Good News Garage places roughly 150 vehicles with people in need each year. Donated vehicles, which are tax-deductible and come from across New England as well as eastern New York, are inspected to determine if they “go on to have a second life,” and the organization spends “a bit of money” with local mechanics to “make vehicles safe and reliable.”

To be selected to get a vehicle, Kupfer said applicants must have some type of employment plan or career path. This program is administered out of Good News Garage’s Manchester, N.H., office. The nonprofit is a member of Ascentria Care Alliance, one of the largest human services organizations in New England.

Donations to Good News Garage and more information on the organization is available at GoodNewsGarage.org.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or
413-772-0261, ext. 262.


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