For the last five years Chappelle’s Towing has partnered with Jacobus Carstar and other local businesses to donate a quality used vehicle to one resident of Clark County to give them greater freedom and help them better serve their community. They call this Uplift Clark County. Chappelle’s has been able to purchase a vehicle for an upstanding, but financially struggling, member of the community every year for the last five years; four of those years partnering with Jacobus Carstar, and one with the help of Elite Collision in Battle Ground, WA. Much of America is not adequately covered by bus and train lines making car travel one of the only means many people have to make it to work or school. With a car holding such an important place in helping a family earn income and helping transport loved ones, and with Chappelle’s Towing’s incredible record for local vehicle retrieval, and Jacobus Carstar’s talent in vehicle restoration, it only made sense for both companies to give back through the gift of a car.
This Year’s Giveaway
This year’s recipient of a certified pre-owned 2011 Hyundai Sonata was Clark County resident Sheena Barrett. She was nominated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington. Now Sheena and her sons will be able to attend school functions and make it to work on time without being at the mercy of the bus schedule. A vehicle grants freedom as well as greater financial opportunity, and when a member of our community succeeds, we all benefit. This year’s ribbon cutting happened on Wednesday, June 19th at the local restaurant Warehouse 23. It was attended by a number of community members including numerous members of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce “Red Coat” Ambassadors.
Previous Year’s Giveaways
For their first donation, Jacobus Carstar recalls:
“We had some 60 nominations, 50 of them were for this young lady here [Rachael Methke]. That obviously says a lot about her character.”
Chappelle’s Towing and Jacobus Carstar have been honored to provide assistance to so many incredible people over the years. Rachael Methke, the first recipient of a 2003 Infiniti G35 through Uplift Clark County, had this to say:
“When you’re in the middle of crisis you feel like no one’s there and no one cares; you feel the most alone you’ve ever felt in your entire life, and then something good happens. In the middle of all the good, you still remember the bad, but all the good starts to outshine the bad, and then a miracle like this happens, and you realize the people were right there the whole time by your side watching, caring, and seeing your struggles.”