The Keys to a Second Chance – Interstate Batteries


I’m Rick Trawick, Executive Director, Second
Chances Garage. Our mission statement here at Second Chances
Garage is “Second chances for cars and the people who need them.” Our mission is to receive donated vehicles,
refurbish them and match them with people in the community who have a job but no vehicle
to get to work. We’re taking someone who’s been struggling
to keep a good job and give them an essential tool to be able to get to work on time. About half of our clients are parents with
young kids at home, and so an important benefit of having a car is that these are parents
who can be more involved with their kids’ schools, with sports, with whatever activities
their children are involved in. That’s part of the stability of the community
that we’re working to improve. Second Chances Garage was opened in April
of 2010. We’ve delivered to date 59 cars. We’re actually delivering another one today,
so that’ll be our 60th car since we started. The beauty of Second Chances Garage is that
it creates an opportunity for families to move forward in a way they couldn’t without
transportation. It gives them the power to be successful.
It’s really as simple as that. Transportation is a huge issue, and this allows them to have
a solution. We work with our Interstate supplier very
closely, Brandon, and the thing they have provided for us that we very much appreciate
is they give us a higher-tier discount as if we were selling many, many batteries every
month, when we’re only doing two or three. That allows us to supply a battery in this
case to one of our customers at a lower price than they can get it somewhere else. And that
helps those people get back on the road, and it helps us serve our customers better. My dad became a distributor for Interstate
Batteries in 1984, and that time he started with a hundred dealers. So they were a very
tight-knit community; they knew each other very well. My dad’s involvement in the community largely
came through identifying individuals who needed help working on their cars, and he always
did that himself. So I wanted to continue that tradition, and
it’s just great to have a real practical way and a great partner to be able to give back. I’m Brandon Shank, IBS of Potomac Valley,
and this is my community.

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