Parts Donation Program

Trash to Treasure

MADA’s Collision & Service Council is teaming up with Collision Repair Education Foundation to implement a parts donation program –a win-win-win for all.
 
You’ve heard the saying, “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”  This adage certainly holds true in the world of collision and autobody training.  With advanced technologies and materials used in current and future vehicles, our industry requires a well-trained, skilled workforce to make repairs safely, efficiently and compliant with vehicle manufacturer standards.   Programs like collision repair bear the brunt of funding cuts in tight school budgets.   Currently, many collision program students practice on severely aged vehicles or teachers’ cars and trucks, and some instructors are forced to “dumpster dive.”  Not familiar with the term?  It describes instructors’ practice of searching the local dealerships’ trash or repair facility dumpster to find discarded parts.
 
Our industry can do better than this!  Each year, dealerships scrap millions of dollars worth of parts, so why not donate them to a worthy cause?  It is a win-win situation for everyone…the schools get the parts they need, dealerships receive a tax deduction for every part donated, our dealer members are connected to schools for employee recruitment, and the industry produces a better trained workforce because students can practice repair techniques with current parts.  Your dealership is recognized for your contribution in national collision industry trade publications, and Council members also receive a press release to their local media 
 

 

At the project website (mada.org/partsdonationprogram), complete the signup form with:

  1. Dealership name and contact information;
  2. Your preferred or “adopted” school(s) for your parts donations (school list is available on the website); and
  3. Your preference: have a local collision instructor pick up the parts from your location; bring them to the school (great photo opportunity); or ship through the carrier of your choice.
 
When your dealership is enrolled, the Collision Repair Education Foundation will confirm the school’s need for parts and will get you connected with them. At the end of the school year, the Foundation provides the completed tax deduction form to your dealership. That’s it! We hope you will consider participating in this program. 
 

 

 Participating Schools:

  • Central Lakes College
  • Century Community College
  • Dakota County Technical College
  • Dunwoody College of Technology
  • Fairbault High School
  • Hennepin Tech College
  • Intermediate District 287-South Education Center Alternative
  • Lake Superior College
  • Minnesota State College Southeast Technical
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College
  • Minnesota West Community & Technical College
  • Newgate Education Center
  • Northland Community & Technical College
  • Northwest Technical College
  • St. Paul College
  • Ridgewater College
  • Riverland Community College
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Rosemount High School
  • Secondary Technical Education Program (STEP)
  • South Central Technical College-Mankato
  • St. Cloud Technical College

 
If you have any questions or prefer to register your dealership manually, please contact Denise Anderson, denise@mada.org or 651-789-2950.
 
For more information about the Collision Repair Education Foundation, visit www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org

 

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