We are very excited that this year, Phil Scott’s annual Wheels for Warmth fundraiser to benefit emergency fuel assistance will now take place in Rutland too! Attached is a flyer for distribution. Please reach out to encourage people to volunteer, to donate and to buy, as appropriate.
TIRE SALES: Saturday, October 31, 7am – 1pm at Casella Construction, directly off Rte. 4 in Mendon. Tires may also be dropped off that Saturday — tires that cannot be sold may be recycled at $4/tire .
Drop off tires at the following locations:
Bond Auto and Vianor in Rutland from October 19-28, 7am – 5pm. DMV Inspectors are not available at these sites, so all tires require a $4 fee/tire.
Casella Construction, Rte. 4, Mendon – Thurs.. & Fri., October 29, 30, between 2-6 pm. DMV inspectors will determine if tires can be sold (safe to use for at least one more season). If tires can be sold, the donor pays nothing, and may include their value as a charitable contribution for tax purposes. Tires that cannot be sold may be recycled at $4/tire.
We need help on Thurs. & Fri., October 29, 30, between 2-6 pm and/or Saturday, October 31, from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For volunteers, jobs may include sorting tires on Thursday and Friday afternoons and for the day of the sale — stamping hands of people who have purchased a set of tires, helping people find their tires, helping people get tires to their car (using a cart with wheels), cooking food, staffing the information booth, helping determine who gets tires donated at the last minute, crowd control and parking. I have worked the Montpelier sale for a couple years and it is a fun fundraiser to be involved in. If you are willing and available to volunteer, please let Pamela Shambo at firstname.lastname@example.org know which shift you can cover.
The program was established by Phil Scott in 2005 and has three goals:
- Raise funds for emergency fuel assistance for distribution to needy families through Community Action Agencies (now including BROC).
- Create a resource of DMV-inspected tires that are deemed safe for at least one season of use, to be sold to Vermonters at reasonable prices.
- Provide a convenient, inexpensive way to dispose of unwanted tires, reducing the number of tires discarded in rivers or along our roadways.
In ten years, Wheels for Warmth has raised more than $253,500 for emergency fuel assistance, sold more than 12,500 safe donated tires, and recycled more than 20,500 unsafe tires.
Thanks to the generosity of business sponsors and volunteers, all costs associated with promoting and implementing Wheels for Warmth are covered without using program funds. 100% of proceeds from tire sales, disposal fees and contributions go directly to emergency fuel programs at Champlain Valley OEO, Capstone of Central Vermont, and BROC which serves Bennington and Rutland counties. Business sponsors include Casella Waste Systems, Bond Auto, Vianor Tire, WDEV/Radio VT Group, Jet Service Envelope, AGC, Dubois Construction, and new sponsors this year – Casella Construction, Inc., and VSECU.
This year, everyone who donates usable tires, or recycles unsafe tires will receive a ticket that enters them in a raffle for a brand new set of automobile tires from Vianor Tire. The winning number will be posted on Facebook and the Wheels for Warmth website.
Thank you for helping!
BROC–Community Action in Southwestern Vermont
45 Union St., Rutland, VT 05701
(802) 665-1723 phone
(802) 558-4879 cell