This holiday season, North Carolina based nonprofit Wheels4Hope kicks off its “31 Hometown Heroes Holiday Campaign” to give a hand-up to 31 families in need during the 31 days of December.
Wheels4Hope is a local charity that’s built on a partnership model. They select recipients based on referrals by local nonprofit partners like StepUp Ministry, The Red Cross, Raleigh Rescue Mission and the Barnabas Network. They collaborate with congregations, auto garages, and corporate sponsors like CARQUEST.
“It is an opportunity for… the Triad communities to step forward and help our neighbors get back on their feet,” said John Bush, Executive Director at Wheels4Hope. “We are looking for 31 ‘hometown heroes’ who are ready to make the conscious decision to donate their used car instead of selling it.”
Wheels4Hope is fortunate to have volunteer mechanics that repair donated cars and bring them back into good working condition. In-house volunteers are complimented by the generous support of independent garage owners who volunteer their labor to complete repairs.
“Knowing that I can use the skills that I was blessed with to help someone in need to get their lives back on track is very rewarding to me. The fact that this also has a ripple effect to help my community, makes it even better,” said Bobby Dunn, Owner, Triangle Car Care.
Currently, both Raleigh and Greensboro locations have more recipients waiting for cars than available cars. Many of them depend on other people for rides or wait hours for a bus – just to get to work or to drop their kids to school.
This year, Wheels4Hope hopes to place a total of 150 program cars in the Raleigh and Greensboro regions, including the ones collected in November and placed in December through the 31 Campaign. Cars in any condition are helpful: those not suitable to be placed as program cars are sold or recycled to pay for repairs and support the Wheels4Hope mission.