Some Benevolence cars are used by their recipients for many years as a reliable form of daily transportation while others eventually sell them or give them to family members. Either way, the vehicle helps these families and individuals to enhance their lives while setting them up for success.
In this scenario, Cassidy Nolan and his wife Jillian and their two children (now three) drove their completely refurbished 2015 Chrysler 200 from Mike’s Auto Body until their family increased in size, requiring a larger vehicle. “We now have a third child, Colt Maximus Nolan, so we had to get a bigger car, so now we have a 2016 Ford Explorer,” Cassidy explained. “But without the money we received for the sale of the Chrysler, we never would have been able to acquire our new vehicle.”
“When we got the car from Mike’s Auto Body, it offered us mobility and enabled us to achieve so many things that wouldn’t have been able to do,” he said. “We were able to go on a couple family vacations because of that car, so it definitely improved our overall quality of life. We were able to visit family in Chico, CA and also visited the Monterey Aquarium. It also gave us financial support, so that we could get to the next level when the time came.”
At the time of the presentation, Cassidy was a student at Napa Valley Community College (NVC) student, but now he is enrolled at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he is currently taking 14.5 credits. His goal is to graduate in June, 2019, to continue his career in real estate. He is also the Social Media Director of Cal’s Veteran’s Club, a position he also held at NVC while he was attending there.
The day when the Nolan family received their Benevolence car will always be remembered as a special experience for many reasons. “We found out that Jillian was pregnant two days before, so we were obviously thrilled. In addition, I received the 2016 Veteran of the Year for the 4th Assembly District during that same time, so it was a phenomenal moment for many reasons.”
It marked the 60th vehicle that Mike’s Auto Body has given away as part of its 16-year-old Benevolence Program and a great start to kick off that year’s program. Nolan was sponsored by the Pathway Home in Napa that provides veterans with educational, professional and clinical support designed to enhance their lives following military service. Eight technicians at Mike’s Auto Body also donated all of their time to refurbish the vehicle.
In addition to the refurbished vehicle, the Nolan family also received one year of insurance paid for by Mike’s Auto Body and provided by Napa State Farm Agent Melinda Adams. In addition, Mike’s Auto Body also donated a trunk load of gifts for the Nolan family.
Now looking back on the entire experience, Cassidy and Jillian Nolan are both humble and grateful. “This car helped us so much, and one of the best things about it is that I got to see my husband more frequently,” Jillian said. “The Benevolence vehicle gave us something you can’t buy and that’s time.”
Cassidy agrees and we like to thank everyone at Mike’s Auto Body for this unusual act of kindness, he said. “The folks at Mike’s are all about helping people and the Benevolence Program is a prime example of that. A car represents a lot of things–freedom, independence and the ability to have a better and more productive life and that’s what our Benevolence vehicle did. It set us up for success and it still giving, through the use of our new car.”
Originally published in Autobody News