FARMINGTON — United Way of the Tri-Valley Area [UWTVA] is receiving $10,000 in grant funds from the Maine Charity Foundation Fund of the Maine Neighborhood Foundation [MaineCF] for their “Don’t Despair Car or truck Repair” system. The plan, which released in spring of 2022, is intended to support people who individual autos, but do not have the cash to resolve any troubles the cars might be experiencing.
Considering that acquiring their 1st software in Could of previous yr, UWTVA has assisted more than 40 homes and dispersed far more than $38,000 for vehicle repairs for these who competent.
“[The program] is geared in direction of encouraging people today get to and from operate, or seniors more than 65 to get to healthcare appointments that are out of town and things,” Nichole Ernest, Director of Marketing and advertising and Communications, mentioned in a mobile phone job interview.
“We see transportation as a big barrier in our neighborhood,” she added, “to getting and retaining a work, remaining balanced and keeping your health-related and dental appointments, receiving to psychological well being appointments, getting equipped to go get your groceries, and just each day things.”
To implement for the application, applicants must stop by the United Way workplace, located at 218 Fairbanks Rd. in Farmington. Initially, programs had been readily available online, but because Sept. 14, apps can only be performed in human being.
“What we uncovered were that a ton of the folks, they would tell the garages that we had by now pre-authorised them and they desired to be moved to the front of the line,” Ernest mentioned.
Now, applicants are screened intently by UWTVA and at the time the application is done, they would be sent to a selected garage to have their repairs estimated.
As of Feb. 2022, 13 garages are affiliated with the plan, and they are as follows:
• Foster Occupation and Technological Education Heart [Farmington]
• Phillips Motor Athletics [Farmington]
• Romano’s Garage [Livermore Falls]
• Rick’s Vehicle [Wilton]
• Boyce’s Car [Kingfield]
• Poulin’s Garage [Kingfield]
• Merrill’s Garage [Jay]
• Hilltop Collision [Jay]
• Pierre’s Garage [East Jay]
• Randy Keach Automobile [New Sharon]
• RP Automobile Mend [Rangeley]
• KOOBS Garage [Oquossoc]
• Maine Wrench [Strong]
According to Ernest, Hilltop Collision in Jay has stopped having purchasers from the system owing to a high backlog but are however outlined as individuals in the plan. “They’re so sought after for their entire body work and things,” Ernest mentioned.
Response from the garages has also been exceptionally positive, with just one even likely above and beyond to assist a women get her motor vehicle again on the street.
“We had a person garage wherever a auto went,” Ernest mentioned, ”and the dude was like, ‘I’m actually sorry, but this motor vehicle is not well worth correcting. It’s not worth what you’re gonna have to pay to get it inspected.’”
A person of the standards of the system is the repairs made to the automobile will have to let it to go inspections, usually the motor vehicle will not qualify for participation. Regretably for this human being, the car did not qualify since of the quantity of work that desired to be performed.
Nevertheless, the mechanic manufactured a dwelling contact to examine one more automobile the person owned to see if that automobile would meet the standards. It did, and the proprietor filled out a second software with UWTVA for that auto instead.
“[She] is back again on the street with a automobile that operates but it did not even happen to her to get that a single repaired,” Ernest said. “Until he explained, ‘well, allow me just take a look at it and see.’
“For me, that is going previously mentioned and past,” she included.
For a lot more facts on the method, or UWTVA, you should get hold of them at  778-5048.
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