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7 Cars in 7 Weeks!

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Thanks to our many generous donors, the IRC in Charlottesville has been able to give away one car each week this summer to a client in need. 

Atiqullah and one of his sons with their new car. Photo: Kiri Van Lengen-Welty/IRC

With the vehicle-dependent culture that is so prevalent in most of the U.S., a donated car can be life-changing for a newly-arrived refugee struggling with transportation. Donated vehicles help refugees travel to work, regain control over their lives, and achieve self-sufficiency. 

One of the most recent vehicle recipients, Atiqullah, arrived in Charlottesville from Afghanistan with his wife and 4 kids in March, 2018. Getting the family around town was difficult at first, but now they have received a minivan which can seat the entire family, and which can be used by both parents and their older children to travel to work, go shopping, and get to various appointments all over town. 

Another donated car was given to Waheed and Nida, two siblings from Pakistan who are caring for their elderly parents who arrived in Charlottesville last year. Not only does the car allow the siblings a newfound freedom of mobility, but it has also been a great help in getting their parents to various doctors’ appointments at the UVA Medical Center. 

Waheed and Nida receive a donated Volvo. Photo: Kiri Van Lengen-Welty/IRC

The vehicle donation program would not be possible without the tireless efforts of Janet Smalley, our amazing Vehicle Donations Volunteer. Thank you, Janet, for all of the time and energy you dedicate to the IRC and its clients. 

So far in 2018, the IRC in Charlottesville has given away 9 cars to clients in need. To help us keep up the momentum, please spread the word and consider donating your used car to the IRC today. To learn more about the process, give us a call at 434-979-7772 ext. 114 or contact Janet.Smalley [at] rescue.org.