PHOTO: Navy veteran Terri Walker of St. Louis was given a 2010 Dodge Journey. Walker plans to use her new vehicle to help transport her sons to school, drive to her job as a private chef and caterer, and visit her mother. (Courtesy Enterprise Rent-A-Car)
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is proud to have a long history of supporting members of the military and their families, and that’s a commitment they plan to maintain.
Recently, it has demonstrated that dedication through a number of programs and initiatives aimed at assisting these valuable members of the community.
A good example of the company’s efforts in this area is the recent collaboration between Enterprise and Progressive Insurance for a special program that helps provide a means of transportation to those who need it. The two companies joined together with the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and others in the collision industry to support military families as part of the fourth annual Keys to Progress® program. As part of the current year’s program, more than 100 refurbished vehicles were given to military families in a special promotion timed to coincide with Veterans Day.
The vehicle giveaway made possible by the Keys to Progress program occurred at dozens of Progressive’s Service Centers and other locations across the country. The recipients were also given six months of insurance coverage, and transportation to the giveaway locations was provided for those who needed it.
Vehicles involved with this project were obtained from NABC member service and collision repair centers after they were recovered as part of a claim process. The vehicles were then inspected and fully restored to ensure they were in optimal condition and good working order. This endeavor followed the same process used for the Recycled Rides program sponsored by NABC, which donates repaired vehicles to those in need. That program has been donating vehicles to individuals and worthy organizations in the community for nearly a decade. A longtime supporter of the Recycled Rides program, Enterprise was happy to also back the related program focused specifically on military families.
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This cause is particularly significant to Enterprise because its roots are based in military service. The company’s founder, Jack Taylor, was a Navy veteran who right from the start infused the organization with a deep respect and appreciation for the sacrifice of military families. In fact, the company is named after the USS Enterprise, one of the aircraft carriers on which Taylor served as a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II. The company has also been frequently recognized as a leading military-friendly employer.
The Keys to Progress program also got a boost from local organizations. The communities involved held fundraisers and other events to help raise additional funds or collect items that would also be given to the vehicle recipients. In Pittsburgh, for example, two GPS units were able to be purchased using the money raised at a car wash and other events.
A number of other organizations also played a role in supporting this effort and helping to make the vehicle donations possible. Local VFW chapters and other veteran organizations helped to select and evaluate potential recipients, with the assistance of Veracity Research Co. Investigations (VRC), Copart, Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. and 1-800-Charity Cars.