13th ANNUAL WHEELS FOR WARMTH RAISES RECORD AMOUNT FOR EMERGENCY FUEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

15 November 2017

Tire recycle and re-sale program breaks $400,000 raised since 2005

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November 15, 2017

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13th ANNUAL WHEELS FOR WARMTH RAISES RECORD AMOUNT FOR EMERGENCY FUEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Tire recycle and re-sale program breaks $400,000 raised since 2005

Barre, Vt. - Wheels for Warmth, a program that helps keep Vermonters safe on the roads and warm in their homes, announced today it raised a record $66,000 for emergency fuel assistance programs through its 2017 tire collections and sales.

This year, 1,845 safe, DMV-inspected tires were sold at affordable prices and 3,157 donated, unsafe tires were recycled. Tires were sold on Saturday, October 28, at DuBois Construction in Middlesex and, for the third year, Casella Construction in Mendon. Prior to the sales, tire collections were held at 14 locations around the state.

Thanks to the generosity of program sponsors, all costs associated with the Wheels for Warmth program are covered without using any tax or program dollars, which allows the proceeds from tire recycling fees and sales to go directly toward fuel assistance.

“Wheels for Warmth is an incredible team effort that has an enormous impact,” said Dan Hoxworth, executive director of Capstone Community Action. “Hundreds of people from across Vermont are able to find affordable tires, and countless others benefit from fuel assistance during the winter. It’s truly heartwarming when communities come together and neighbors help their neighbors; it’s a true reflection of our Vermont values.”

Since Governor Phil Scott founded the program in 2005, Wheels for Warmth has raised more than $428,000, with proceeds from both tire sales and recycling going directly to heating assistance programs at community action agencies throughout Vermont, including Capstone Community Action, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity in Northwestern Vermont (CVOEO) and BROC Community Action. Over that period, the program has sold nearly 19,000 tires and recycled more than 31,000 tires, decreasing the number of unused tires that might have otherwise ended up in Vermont’s rivers and along roadways.

“We are inspired every year by the success of the Wheels for Warmth program, because it shows how much Vermonters care about each other and the place we all call home,” said Jan Demers, executive director of CVOEO. “We’ve already heard from people and businesses across the region wondering how they can get involved next year, and one of the great things about Wheels for Warmth is that there’s always room to bring on more partners and help more people.”

“One of the most fulfilling aspects of Wheels for Warmth is that it gives our team the opportunity to lend a helping hand to our neighbors and our environment at the same time,” said Mike Casella of Casella Waste Systems. “At Casella we have the resources to recycle thousands of donated tires in an environmentally conscious manner, which keeps them out of our waterways and off our roadsides. In addition to that, and a true added bonus, is knowing our time and energy are helping to keep Vermonters warm this winter, which is priceless.”

This year’s Wheels for Warmth program was sponsored by: Casella Waste Systems, Vianor Tire, WDEV/Radio Vermont Group, VSECU (Vermont State Employees Credit Union), Jet Service Envelope/Accura Printing, AT&T, People’s United Bank, Bourne’s Energy, Pomerleau Real Estate, Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel, Vermont Country Store, Associated General Contractors, Dubois Construction, Casella Construction, Inc., Newton Construction, Village Grocery, Dick Mazza’s Store, Bigras Auto, Maplewood LTD, OMYA, Capitol Grounds, Booth Brothers Dairy, McKenzie Country Classics, 94.5 “The Drive”, 98.9 WOKO, KOOL 105, Best Western Inn and Suites, Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, ADA Traffic Control, and WorkSafe.

The 14th annual Wheels for Warmth tire sale will be held on October 27, 2018. Donation locations will be announced in the coming months. For updates and more information please visit www.wheelsforwarmth.org.

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