MATTOON -- Dan Craw of New Life Car Care recently visited the Mattoon Rotary for their weekly meeting to speak about the organization he began.
This organization assists with repairing or acquiring transportation for primarily single mothers, the elderly or others who are eligible. Craw is a full-time employee of the Illinois Department of Transportation but started this service in 2001 when he noticed a need in the community for affordable car care.
This service organization offers free car repair, never charging for labor. Parts are paid by those needing repairs if they have the means. The organization also has a car giveaway program. Cars are received from donors or purchased at low cost and fixed up for the giveaway.
Education is also offered on how to repair or buy cars. Twenty-five cars were donated to the program last year.
This program has had a significant impact on those served, enabling them to keep or obtain employment or improve/maintain quality of life.
New Life Car Care recently acquired a property in Mattoon with a two-car garage to further the mission. Craw noted that regular support is received from two churches and two businesses in town besides individual donations and volunteer mechanics. In the last year, WBGL has been promoting the organization.
Craw plans to work full time at New Life Car Care when he retires from IDOT. This is a 501c3 organization and donations are tax deductible. For more information, visit the website at www.newlifecarcare.org/index.html