NABC Raising Funds to Secure New Location for Operation Comfort’s Automotivation Program - BodyShop Business

NABC Raising Funds to Secure New Location for Operation Comfort’s Automotivation Program

Non-profit program helps rehabilitate disabled U.S. service members through collision repair training, hands-on projects and career placement.

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) has announced it has received board approval to help Operation Comfort’s Automotivation program secure a new facility in which it can continue to help disabled U.S. service members and their families through the instruction and practice of proper collision repair.

Located in San Antonio, Texas, Operation Comfort complements the rehabilitation efforts carried out by the U.S. Army at the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). As a form of occupational therapy, the organization runs the Automotivation program through which disabled veterans – in many cases, those who have lost one or more limbs – are rehabilitated through automotive-related activities such as rebuilding and restoring cars, trucks and motorcycles.

“In addition to being important physical, emotional and mental therapy, Automotivation can provide a path back to the workforce for participants,” said Operation Comfort Executive Director Janis Roznowski. “There’s a special connection between this work and the service members performing it. It’s something they love to do and it shows.”

Unfortunately, the ranch-type property Automotivation used for training and projects is being sold, a development made even more disheartening because Operation Comfort used the facility without a rent or utility obligation. All is not lost, however, because a newer, larger building much closer to the hospital is being offered for sale to Operation Comfort. This opportunity provided the impetus for the new NABC initiative, formed to raise – from within and outside the collision industry – the funds for purchasing and renovating the building.

Though fundraising details are still being finalized, the NABC will work – as they did on the Camp Mak-a-Dream Health Center and Collision Industry Relief – with the Collision Industry Foundation, a recognized 501(c)(3) charity. Because the foundation will be the entity through which money will be raised, those wishing to support Operation Comfort will have the option to make their donation tax deductible.

A fundraising committee is being created to seek out contributions at several different levels: corporate donations for vendors, insurers and other interested businesses, as well as body shop level and individual contributions. Matching grants are also being considered so that businesses and employees, vendors and customers, and other partners can be invited to match funds. A recognition wall is being explored to honor contributors. Steel nameplates, bricks engraved with the donor’s name and plaques are all being considered for various levels of giving. The size of the recognition would be commensurate with the extent of the donation.

“Our battle-tested veterans have given more of themselves for their
country than most of us can even imagine,” said NABC Executive
Director Chuck Sulkala. “The least we can do is help with this small
token of appreciation and pay back for the sacrifices they’ve made. We
ask that everyone in the collision industry begin thinking about what
you, your business and your employees and friends can do to help support
Operation Comfort. A new building will give our veterans a reason to
get up in the morning and the desire to get into a civilian industry
they love – our industry.”

Added Roznowski, “The guys in the Automotivation program were very disappointed when we
lost the old location, but I told them that when one door closes,
another one opens, and that’s exactly what happened when the National
Auto Body Council stepped forward to support us. I
believe in life’s blessings, and the NABC’s involvement to ensure our
work continues is the latest example of what can happen when you stay
positive and keep the faith.”


More information:

Donate to Operation Comfort’s Automotivation program by e-mailing Chuck Sulkala at [email protected].

Operation Comfort

NABC

You May Also Like

Body Bangin’: The Employer-Student Disconnect

Micki Woods interviews Raven Hartkopf, lead collision instructor at Collin College in Texas, on what students want from a shop employer.

Micki Woods, master marketer for collision repair shops and owner of Micki Woods Marketing, has released the latest episode of "Body Bangin'," the video podcast that is taking the industry by storm!

In this episode, Woods interviews Raven Hartkopf, lead collision instructor at Collin College in Texas, on students' desire for shops to work around their school schedule and let them work part-time ... yet most shops don't offer a part-time position. If a shop does do this and is flexible with the student, once they're done with school, they typically stay with that shop and go full-time. Are shops missing an opportunity here?

Body Bangin’: Why Follow OEM Repair Procedures?

Micki Woods interviews Logan Payne of Payne & Sons Paint & Body Shop on the importance of following OEM repair procedures.

Body Bangin’: Getting Paid for Calibrations

Micki Woods interviews Andy Hipwell and James Rodis of OEM Calibration on how to get started doing ADAS calibrations.

Body Bangin’: What Are The Consolidators Up To With Laura Gay

Micki Woods interviews Laura Gay of Consolidation Coach on the current state of auto body shop consolidation.

Body Bangin’: The Magic of a Massive MSO with Patrick Crozat

Micki Woods interviews Patrick Crozat, the COO of G&C Auto Body, which is the largest privately-owned, family-owned auto body shop group.

Other Posts

Body Bangin’: Changing Your Mindset with Mike Jones

Micki Woods interviews Mike Jones of Discover Leadership Training on changing your mindset to change your life.

Body Bangin’: Rivian Collision Program and Insurance

Micki Woods interviews Frank Phillips, collision repair program manager of Rivian, on how Rivian’s collision program works.

Body Bangin’: Favorite Takeaways from the Southeast Conference

Live from the Southeast Collision Conference, Micki Woods does a post-show wrap-up on the Southeast Collision Conference with the SCC committee.

Body Bangin’: Overcoming Objections

Live from the Southeast Collision Conference, Micki Woods interviews Ron Reichen and Barry Dorn on overcoming objections, the talent shortage and the SCRS blend study.