PVCC Expanding Car-Loaning Program
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A decision by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors is expanding a program that provides reliable cars for students at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
The board decided it will donate as many as 15 surplus county vehicles to the Network2Work program over the next three years. This will help eliminate the program's current wait list.
Shakira Turner recently had to give up her own car due to financial issues. But thanks to PVCC’s car-loaning program, she wasn't off the road long.
"It really helped me to be calm and confident in knowing that there was a reliable car that I can get back and forth to. So that changed everything for the better," she said.
Turner is one of 11 Network2Work participants using a loaner car from the program, but there are still several students waiting for a vehicle.
"The number of people we're serving is growing, and so the need is growing," said Ridge Schuyler, dean of Community Self-Sufficiency Programs. "We're trying to double the size of our fleet, and the donation by the county of Albemarle will help us get to that goal."
Program participants are required to pay for gas and regular oil changes for the loaner vehicle, but insurance and long-term maintenance are covered by the program.
"We lend cars to people until they can get on their feet and earn enough money to buy their own car, and then they give the car back to us for the next family to use. So it’s really a form of recycling of these surplus vehicles," Schuyler said.
Turner is happy to see the program grow, because she knows just how much a car can help get your life back on track.
"I want them to succeed, because what they've done for me and my children,’ she said. “Just to be able see how much they're growing is so good, I love it. I'm so happy for them, I couldn't be more proud of a program that’s in this area"
Piedmont Virginia Community College says the University of Virginia has also reached out about donating surplus vehicles to the program.