We love our community. We’re invested in the people we live and work with, and we’re always looking for ways to help those in need.
Back in April, an event called the Opportunity Conference allowed people in need, or “Neighbors”, to meet volunteers called “Navigators” who help teach others how to operate in middle-class society and guide them towards resources that will help them get out of poverty. Dr. Donna Beegle, Ed.D, author of See Poverty …Be the Difference has spoken at this event multiple times. The event was covered in the Amarillo Globe News!
A Word About Wheels to Prosper
Since that event, we became involved in the Wheels to Prosper program, which pairs individuals or families in need with organizations like Aardvark Automotive and rewards those in need with an automobile. In December of 2011, we gave a car to a family. The mother had lost her job and her van earlier in the year, and was pregnant with her 4th son. After losing the van, she walked her two oldest sons to school and carried the younger. Fortunately, with a vehicle available, the mother was able to get a job after having her fourth child and the family was able to move into a better home.
On July 28, 2012, another vehicle was won through the program, this time by a single mother of five children who had never owned a car in her life. Her oldest son is 16 and missed the car giveaway because he was at the mall looking for work to help his mother with their expenses. She now plans to go back to school and improve her life even more. Her son also plans to attend college and earn an engineer degree.
We mention this to outline how a little bit can go a long way. There’s so much that can be done to help the underprivileged, and we want to invite you to participate!
What is the Navigator Program?
The Cal Farley’s Neighborhood Navigator Program links Neighbors in poverty with mentoring Navigators. This is a system that allows people in the community to acquire the help they need through a system that links area social services for a more immediate response to needs.
Neighbors are people living in crisis poverty. Referrals for aid come to the Cal Farley’s Neighborhood Navigator office from school counselors and other area social service organizations. Oftentimes, Neighbors are families who have endured crippling financial challenges, lost a job or loved one, or have experienced other significant life challenges and crisis. Usually the immediate need is hope. Then, a Neighbor’s needs may be met by small, tangible gifts or services such as a few groceries.
The team at Aardvark Automotive is collecting food for local food pantries, to assist the Navigator Program. These food pantries exist for emergencies that can arise for impoverished families, such as having to leave a domestic violence situation, choose between paying electric/gas bills or food, paying for fuel for their car to get to work or groceries, lost their job and can’t afford food, etc. As an additional note, when a family needs food it is typically a family of 5 or more.
- Spaghetti and Spaghetti Sauce
- Romaine Noodles
- Soups with a meat base – such as Vegetable Beef, Chicken Noodle, Chicken & Rice
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Oatmeal – Individual packages
- Small Pancake Mixes (just add water) & Syrup
- Dry Cereal (Large Bags) (TIP: At Walmart you can buy large bags of Cereal for $3.00!)
- Shelf Stable Milk
- Individual Juices for children
NOTE: The food pantries already have an abundance of canned vegetables.
Other Items Needed:
- New and Used Clean Towels
- Individual size Bath Soap
- Shampoo & Conditioner
Finally, monetary donations are also accepted and can go towards food to re-stock the food pantries.
If you’d like to help, please feel free to come by the shop with any items you’d like to see donated. We are making regular drops with these pantries, so bring anything along with you that could help when you come in for your next repair (or just stop by with the items!). Together, we can make a difference.
Robert & Lynda, and
The Aardvark Automotive Team