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United Recyclers Group, LLC (URG), a partnership of automotive recyclers, is the latest organization to enroll as a diamond level member of the National Auto Body Council (NABC). This is the highest level of NABC corporate membership.
Like several other corporate members, URG’s support of the NABC began with its participation in Recycled Rides, a nationwide awareness project whereby NABC members repair and donate recycled vehicles to families and service organizations in need in their communities. Finding parts for reconstructed vehicles is a priority for the program, and a number of URG members were involved in the effort, NABC says.
“When we saw how many of our members were either already active or interested in the program, we knew it was time for us, as an organization, to step up and be a part of this important community outreach,” said URG Executive Director Michelle Alexander.
One of the effects of URG’s involvement was getting an engineering student group at Arizona State University involved in Recycled Rides through the school’s Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) service learning program. EPICS is devoted to getting students real-world experience on engineering projects that make a difference in the local area.
“The application of the Recycled Rides concept to the EPICS program is an example of the synergies that can grow out of our partnership with the NABC,” said Alexander. “The number of volunteer community service programs that have benefited from the NABC’s generous involvement and support is impressive. The NABC and URG are leaders within our respective industries, and we are glad to have the opportunity to apply our members’ professionalism and skills to better serve the communities we care about and do business in.”
NABC says its thankful to be able to tap into URG members’ expertise on a regular basis.
“It’s important to note that the goal of both the NABC and URG is to work together to be of service to the industry,” said NABC Executive Director Chuck Sulkala. “By doing so, our members benefit and the industry benefits. Most importantly, the recipients of our contributions benefit, whether it be parts for Recycled Rides or vehicles to use in our First Responders Emergency Extraction program. I also welcome URG’s advice and counsel on association matters. Getting the credit is not the most important thing making a positive difference is."