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WHEELS FOR WORK Goal is to keep car program running



Published: Sun, February 10, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



FARRELL, Pa. -- The Wheels for Work program is running out of money.

Since its inception in November 1998, the program has helped 72 Shenango Valley families get cars they needed to keep jobs, but there isn't much money left to keep it going, said Shirley Friday, coordinator.

To help build up its coffers, the program will have a marathon from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 at the Shenango Valley Mall, Hermitage.

About program: The program is a consortium of 13 local community agencies working with the private sector to get and distribute donated vehicles to people meeting certain needs-based guidelines.

In many cases, the only impediment to securing employment is a lack of dependable transportation. That's where Wheels for Work comes in.

However, the cost of repairing donated vehicles for the program runs about $500 each and there are costs for title transfers as well.

The program is down to its last $3,300, Friday said.

The marathon will feature a variety of entertainment and activities as well as information tables from the 13 member agencies.

There will be gift giveaways,and there will be a car in the mall concourse that will serve as the collection pot for donations to keep the program running.

Recipients of past donated cars will also be on hand to tell how they have benefited.

Hair and fashion shows as well as aerobics and kickboxing demonstrations and musical entertainment are also on the tentative schedule.

Donated cars have come from government agencies as well as citizens and donations are tax deductible.

To be eligible to receive a car, individuals must:

UHave maintained employment for at least six months.

UHave a valid Pennsylvania driver's license.

UHave the ability to pay auto insurance.

UHave no other means of transportation.

UBe head of their household.

UBe at least 18 years old.




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