Car repair

United Way launches new auto repair program

REGION — United Way of the Tri-Valley Area has launched a new program, in line with the strategic goal of helping the community become more mobile. Transportation has long been a challenge in Greater Franklin County and United Way is honored and excited to try to get more people on the road to work, appointments and social engagements.

The purpose of this Don’t Despair car repair program is to provide assistance to people in need of car repairs in Greater Franklin County, Livermore and Livermore Falls. Assistance through the Don’t Despair Car Repair program, an internal United Way of the Tri-Valley Area (UWTVA) program, is determined by an application process available on the United Way website (www.uwtva .org), our partner garages and the United Way office, 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington.

Once a candidate is approved, assistance will be provided up to $1,000 per candidate. Currently, there can only be one applicant per household and an applicant can only be funded once, allowing United Way to help as many different households as possible. If the repair exceeds $1,000, the customer portion payment must be paid to the garage before UWTVA sends payment.

Applications are reviewed and approved (if eligible) by a review committee of five community members. Applications will be reviewed within 48 hours. For a complete list of guidelines and applications, please visit a participating garage or our website, www.uwtva.org.

Participating garages were initially determined and are spread throughout the county and Livermore and Livermore Falls. The garages currently include:

• Foster Career and Technical Education Center, Farmington

• Phillips Motor Sports, Farmington

• Romano’s Garage, Livermore Falls (this garage is also FEDCAP approved)

• Rick’s Auto, Wilton (this garage is also FEDCAP approved)

• Boyce’s Auto, Kingfield

• Garage Poulin, Kingfield

• Garage Merrill, Jay

• Hill Collision, Jay

• Garage Saint-Pierre, East Jay

• Randy Keach Auto, New Sharon

• RP Auto Repair, Rangeley

• KOOBS Garage, Oquossoc

• Maine key, strong

For more information on United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, visit www.uwtva.org or call 778-5048. Be sure to follow United Way on Facebook (www.facebook.com/uwtva) and Instagram as well to be kept up to date with upcoming programs and initiatives.

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