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About GNG

What We Do

Good News Garage was one of the first nonprofit social enterprise car donation programs in the U.S. Our mission is to create economic opportunity by providing affordable and reliable transportation options to low-income individuals and families. Since our founding in Burlington, Vermont in 1996, Good News Garage has provided over 5,000 New England families with donated vehicles, empowering clients to move out of poverty and into financial independence and social stability.


Good News Garage is a win-win solution for donors, clients, and communities. Car recipients are able to move forward in their lives, donors receive free towing and a generous tax deduction (up to fair market value if the car is awarded to a family), local automotive businesses are utilized and communities are strengthened. Unlike most car donation organizations that sell every vehicle and hire a for-profit middleman, Good News Garage allows you to maximize your impact, because our mission is to repair and provide as many cars as possible to local families.

Vehicle donations are accepted from all over New England and eastern New York with free and fast towing/pickup.

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Our Programs

Programs are available in Massachusetts and Vermont. Each state has specific guidelines for who qualifies to receive assistance. Please take the time to read through the information specific to the state in which you live.

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Recipients of GNG 5,000th car

Join Our Team

Good News Garage employment opportunities are listed on the website of our parent organization, Acentria Care Alliance.

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Our History

1994: Visionary social activist and Lutheran church member, Hal Colston was working at a Vermont agency when one of his clients, a single mom, came to him in tears. She had just purchased a car, but the car broke down repeatedly, and the seller refused to refund her money. Hal came up with an idea for a “community garage” – a place where people struggling to get out of poverty could receive a car that was affordable, safe and reliable.

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Clients We've Helped

We're changing lives. Read More Stories

The best part of having my own car is being self-sufficient. It makes everything in my life easier to be able to go wherever I need to without having to rely on other people.
Erika Car Recipient, 2012
  • "Because of this opportunity, I have been able to leave domestic violence, provide for my daughter, and raise her in a healthy environment. I have been taking my life back. Thank you for the work that you do and the kindness that you have shown. There are no words to express my gratitude."
    Mia Car Recipient, 2020
  • I am over-the-moon grateful for this car! I keep getting weepy because it's been so hard without one.
    Samantha Car Recipient, 2020
  • I wouldn’t be where I am in life without receiving my GNG vehicle! I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart! You have truly helped better my life, and I am so thankful for that!
    Stephanie Car Recipient, 2019

Our Locations



331A North Winooski Ave
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: 802.864.3667
Toll-free: 877.GIVE.AUTO (877.448.3288)
Fax: 802.864.6033

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New Hampshire

325B Merrill St.
Manchester, NH 03103
Phone: 603.669.6937
Toll-free: 877.400.6065
Fax: 603.626.7763

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Contact our NH office:

Phone: 603.669.6937
Toll-free: 877.400.6065