With the completion of its new facility, Hubbard Chevrolet, located on Highway 99E in Hubbard at J Street, was looking for someone who could use its mobile unit, which has been used as office space by the nearly 80-year-old business.
"We wanted to give back to the community that supports us and were looking for a higher and better use for the mobile home we've been using as a sales office," said Hubbard Chevrolet owner and general manager Lance Berkey. "We thought it made sense to give the home to an organization that could use it to make a difference in the lives of people."
Hubbard Chevrolet selected Love In the Name of Christ of North Marion County.
When Nora Crauthers, Love INC's director of ministry operations, first heard Hubbard Chevrolet's plan to donate the mobile home, she was picturing it would provide additional storage space for the organization's furniture warehouse that was bursting at the seams.
"After our team toured the mobile home," she said, "we realized the home was much too nice to use for storage."
So Love INC's board of directors decided to sell the mobile home for $28,000 (plus moving expenses), making the mobile home the largest single gift in the organization's history.
"They are an outstanding example of what it means to show genuine compassion and concern for the community that supports you," said Bill Park, who is executive co-director of Love INC with Curt Jones.
Board President Steve Kufeldt acknowledged the support of many local businesses.
"This gift from Hubbard Chevrolet raises the giving bar to a new level and we very much appreciate the exceptional and ongoing support of many local businesses," he said.
Over the past two years, Love INC has served 1,110 people from 262 households in North Marion County. It has also provided free dental care to 130 people with services valued at $49,447. On average, it costs Love INC of North Marion County $420 annually ($35 per month) to meet immediate and pressing needs for the average family they serve, which means Hubbard Chevrolet's gift will impact the lives of 66 local families for one year.
Love INC of North Marion County accepts many kinds of donations to redistribute to local families in need. Find out more at www.loveincnmc.org.