ANDERSON, IN- Thanks to the efforts of Riley and Sons Collision Center and other area businesses, Amber Eckert, a single mother and employee of Hopewell Center received a new/used 1997 Chevrolet Lumina. The car is part of a National Benevolence Program sponsored by Acoat Select. She will also receive insurance, fuel, car maintenance, safety seats, and Christmas presents as a part of the yearly give away.
For the 7th year, Riley and Sons, Inc. has spearheaded the program by securing a car that needs rebuilt or refurbished. The employees of Riley and Sons “elves” go straight to work repairing the body, paint, and mechanical items to ensure the car is road ready. The work doesn’t end there, and many other merchants assist Riley’s in pulling everything together. They provide items such as children’s safety seats, fuel, a year’s worth of oil changes and insurance, and gifts for the kids and much more.
Tim Riley, owner of Riley and Sons, Inc. believes the program is more than just an important part of their business profile. “We have been serving this community for 50 years and I am very grateful to be a part of the Acoat Benevolence Program. This program would not be possible without the generous giving of our sponsors. Many of our sponsors have been contributing since we began this program 7 years ago. I would like to personally thank them for their commitment to this community.”
While the program is part of a larger national benevolence program, Riley and Sons, Inc. has taken the lead in developing the local event. Area merchants supply merchandise and services so that the recipients have nothing to worry about for a year. In 2007, Anderson Assoc. of Insurance & Financial Advisors, Auto Glass of Indiana, Applewood Payless, Carquest of Anderson, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Meijers, Dent Magic, The Employees of Riley & Sons, The Roger Roudebush Agency, and The Wendy Gooding Agency were all program sponsors. Each year, area community service organizations are asked to nominate deserving individuals. Nominees must be employed and have a valid driver’s license. Amber Eckert was nominated by the Hopewell Center where she is responsible for training and supervising about 17 individuals with disabilities.
“Aside from working full-time and being a part-time student, Amber is also a single Mom of a 2 year old son. Through Hopewell’s Education/Tuition Reimbursement program, Amber also went back to school this year and is pursing a degree in Psychology,” says Reina Shelton – Work Center Manager for Hopewell Center. Amber has had to rely on assistance from family and friends for her transportation needs.
Dave Driggers, co-owner of Riley and Sons, Inc. felt that Amber was a perfect match for the program. “Amber demonstrates the hard work and commitment upon which The Benevolence Program was founded on. I am always amazed of those that are able to keep working without having adequate transportation. Anytime we can support the efforts of someone who is attempting to move forward with their lives, we want to be there. The Benevolence Program is just one way that we are able to contribute to the well being of our community, and we are working to expand the program.”
For more information about the program and how you can participate, please contact Laura Beth Blevins, Benevolence Program Coordinator, at 765/649-4902.