IGONC Creates Disaster Relief Fund, RepairPal and AutoShop Solutions Match Funds
By Chasidy Rae Sisk at printed in Autobody News
In response to the devastation seen along the eastern shore of North Carolina and South Carolina following Hurricane Florence, the Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina (IGONC) created a disaster relief fund to help the shops that were hit by the storm. IGONC Executive Director Bob Pulverenti states, “Many of the shops are underinsured and even those that had coverage will still be hit hard financially. The Independent Garage Owners of North Carolina has been serving the owners of independently owned shops since 1959, and we know that our members who came out ok after the storm would love to support the shops who didn’t end up as lucky. Please help us to help those in our industry get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”
RepairPal and AutoShop Solutions partnered with IGONC and have pledged to match funds donated up to $5000 each.
Shops that were impacted can contact IGONC with their name, name of the business, address, brief description of the loss and photos. Both member and non-member shops are eligible for this assistance. Non-member shops will receive $250 which will become $750 after funds are matched, while IGONC member shops are eligible for $500 which increases to $1500 after matching funds, plus members will have their 2019 dues waived. The association will begin issuing checks in late October until funds are depleted.
To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/help-repair-shops-hit-by-florence?member=774482.
IGONC also encourages impacted shops to contact the Collision Industry Foundation for additional assistance at collisionindustryfoundation.org. Pulverenti reiterates, “As members of independent repair shop community, we encourage you to support shops in need. Thank you for being a force for good. Donate Today!”