Established by Phil Scott in 2005, the program has three goals:
- Raise funds for emergency fuel assistance for distribution to needy families through regional Community Action Agencies.
- Create a resource of DMV-inspected tires that are deemed safe for at least one season of use, to be sold to needy 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. (Contributions to these three agencies have a statewide impact, because it frees up funds for distribution to the remaining Community Action Agencies). 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.
Tires may be dropped off at the following locations:
Dubois Construction, 46 Three Mile Bridge Road, Montpelier
Casella Waste Systems, 220 Avenue B, Williston, and Casella Construction, Rte. 4, Mendon – Thurs. & Fri., October 29, 30, between 2-6 pm.
At these sites, 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.
Additional drop off sites: note different drop off dates/times from above locations
Bond Auto stores, Vianor Tire locations, Dick Mazza’s General Store in Malletts Bay, and Village Grocery in Waitsfield – from October 19-28, 7am – 5pm. DMV Inspectors are not available at these sites, so all tires require a $4 fee/tire.
Saturday, October 31, 7am – 1pm at Dubois Construction in Montpelier, and at Casella Construction, directly off Rte. 4 in Mendon. Unwanted tires may also be dropped off on Saturday.
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.