(Nov. 4, 2014) – This Veterans Day, more than 100 veterans and their families will be getting the keys to newly refurbished vehicles as part of The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies' annual Keys to Progress®program. In partnership with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and several other organizations, the vehicle giveaways will take place on November 11th at 57 of Progressive's Service Centers, one-stop facilities where Progressive handles claims and coordinates repairs for customers.
Progressive is working together with local NABC member body shops to recycle and donate vehicles that have been involved or recovered in a claim. They've been fully restored for the veterans as an extension of the NABC Recycled RidesTM project. At 117 vehicles, it's the single largest vehicle donation in the seven years of the Recycled Rides project.
"We chose our Service Centers as the event locations because they're the one-stop-shops where people get back on the road after an accident," said Tricia Griffith, president of customer operations for Progressive. "By expanding our Keys to Progress program this year, we hope to get more veterans and their families back on the road and moving forward in life."
This is the second year that Progressive worked alongside National Auto Body Council, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 1-800-Charity Cars and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW). NABC member shops volunteer staff and resources to repair the vehicles. Enterprise Rent-A-Car provides insurance for each donated vehicle for the first six months. The insurance policies are written by local Progressive agents. The VFW serves as the primary source for identifying the most worthy recipients. 1-800-Charity Cars facilitates the donation of the vehicles.
New partners for Keys to Progress this year include VRC Investigations, a veteran-owned and operated organization that helped support the recipient selection process, and two national salvage vendors – Copart and Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA) – which together donated 15 of the vehicles.
"Recycled Rides is a labor of love for every single member of NABC and we are humbled that Progressive has nearly doubled the amount of cars donated this year," said Chuck Sulkala, executive director of National Auto Body Council. "With transportation, these veterans and their families have access to basic necessities many of us take for granted like medical treatment, jobs and education."
B Street Collision Center is proud to be partnering with Progressive, National Auto Body Council, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 1-800-Charity Cars and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) to be donating all repair parts and labor for two vehicles that will be given away to two deserving Veterans. The vehicle presentations will be held on Tuesday November 11th at Progressive's Service Center in LaVista, NE from 11:00am – 1:00pm.