The Collision Repair Education Foundation is requesting year-end in-kind donations of products, tools, equipment and spare parts that will be distributed to high school and college collision school programs. These tax-deductible donations will provide a great start to the spring school semesters during a time when instructors are facing limited program budgets and are expected to graduate well-trained and productive entry-level staff for industry employment.
Another year-end opportunity for support includes companies sponsoring student safety kits for local high school and college collision programs. For $50 per student, each safety kit includes a Cintas work shirt, work pants, safety glasses, ear plugs and a disposable dust mask. Companies that sponsor at least 10 safety kits will have their corporate logo added to the work shirts. The Collision Repair Education Foundation would arrange a time for the sponsoring companies to present the safety kits to the local collision school students when they begin their spring school semester after the New Year.
“The holidays would come early to collision school instructors with local industry companies donating products, tools, equipment and spare parts for their programs,” said Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode. “Also, we have heard that the student safety kits transformed both the professional appearance and attitudes of the collision students as they look and feel like working professionals within the industry. Plus, as companies can sponsor these safety kits for collision school programs near them, they can directly see how their support is making a difference and personally handing these kits out to the students at the beginning of the spring semester. We invite the industry to help the Education Foundation end the year on a strong note and getting in contact with us on either of these two year-end opportunities.”
Industry members interested in making year-end product donations and/or sponsoring collision student safety kits for local high school and college collision school programs should contact Eckenrode at [email protected] or (847) 463-5244. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation, visit www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.