History

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The signing of this legislation allowed Goodwill to have a nonprofit auto dealer’s license, clearing the way for Goodwill Cars to Work to become a reality.
From left to right: Former Goodwill Industries of Kentucky Board Chair Jeff McGowan; Kentucky Governor Steven L. Beshear; former Goodwill Industries of Kentucky President & CEO Roland R. Blahnik; Kentucky State Representative Jimmie Lee

In 2009, when Cars to Work was merely a concept, Dick Swope, president of Sam Swope Auto Group, set up a meeting between Goodwill and Ron Jackson, then-president of the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association. Jackson supported the idea of Cars to Work and felt the association members would favor it as well.

Swope and Jackson recognized that Cars to Work could help mainstream auto dealers in the long run. Participants in the program receive support to maintain employment, make car payments, and establish credit. Ultimately, after a few years, they are better prepared to purchase a car via a traditional loan or standard transaction.

Larry Craig, president of Craig & Landreth Cars, chaired an ad hoc committee of the Kentucky Motor Vehicle Commission that recommended new legislation to help support the establishment of Cars to Work. With the assistance of Representative Jimmie Lee (D-Elizabethtown) and Senator Dan Seum (R-Louisville), a bill creating a nonprofit auto dealer license was passed unanimously in the House of Representatives and the Senate. In 2010, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed it into law, paving the way for Cars to Work to become a reality.

Cars to Work helps people obtain affordable transportation to maintain employment and improve their quality of life. The program purchases and accepts donations of automobiles, makes appropriate or necessary repairs, and sells them to people who are referred from social service and government agencies. The agency case worker and Cars to Work personnel collaborate to assist the potential buyer with obtaining a refundable-interest loan on a vehicle that is covered by a warranty for major repairs throughout the loan’s duration.

For more information, call 1-866-654-CARS (2277).