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Jeremy from Greenfield, MA Receives a New Ride

Our client Jeremy Prevost from Greenfield, Massachusetts was featured in his local newspaper, the Greenfield Recorder. Jeremy received the donated car of a New England car donor who wanted to make a local impact. The newspaper asked Jeremy what it meant to finally have a safe and reliable car of his own. An excerpt of the article is available below. You can read the original article on the Greenfield Recorder website here: Nonprofit helps Greenfield man get new ride

From the Greenfield Recorder, published May 26, 2001:

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.