“Even though we’ve been around 20 years, we’re still one of the best kept secrets in Anoka County,” said Jim Huff, executive director of Cars for Neighbors.
They help fix cars. Anyone in Anoka County can apply for help from Cars for Neighbors if they are having trouble paying for car repairs. They work with Meineke car care in Ham Lake to get the job done. Meineke nearly halves the hourly rate they typically charge for repairs coming through Cars for Neighbors.
Ultimately, their goal is to keep people working, and keep families are self-sufficient as possible. And sometimes that’s as easy as taking care of their brake repair for them.
“One of the biggest reason people lose jobs is not having reliable transportation,” said board member Joe McKenzie. So, Cars for Neighbors works to keep transportation reliable. In an are like Ham Lake with few buses, having a working car through all the seasons is important.
“If we can put a couple tires on somebody’s car replace tires, if we can help replace the brakes and make that car safer,” said Huff, “we think that’s a really great investment. Not only in that family, or that individual, but in our community here in Anoka County.”
In just a few weeks, Cars for Neighbors is having one of its largest fundraising events of the year. It’s called Carsino Night. It will feature funny-money with pull tabs and poker.