Oct 292014

October 29, 2014

Middlesex, VT-Vermont’s annual tire recycle and resale event “Wheels for Warmth” celebrated its 10-year anniversary on October 25, 2014, by breaking fundraising records. Final numbers for 2014 show the program collected a total of *$39,391 *for emergency fuel assistance programs, sold *1,350* safe, donated tires for pennies on a dollar and recycled *2,480* unusable tires. All of the funds from tire sales, disposal fees and contributions go directly to emergency fuel programs provided by Community Action Agencies. Tires were collected at Bond Auto and Vianor Tire locations around Vermont as well as Sen. Dick Mazza’s Store in Colchester and Village Grocery in Waitsfield for two weeks before the sale.

Since Phil Scott established the program in 2005, “Wheels for Warmth” has raised more than *$253,500* for emergency fuel assistance, put back into use *12,500* safe, donated tires, and recycled more than *20,500* tires.

“Over the years, Phil Scott with his team of volunteers and corporate sponsors have made ‘Wheels for Warmth’ truly a community event. This support for Capstone’s fuel assistance programs has been essential to helping those who don’t qualify for public assistance,” noted Hal Cohen, Executive Director of Capstone Community Action. “These resources will help many Vermont families stay safe and warm during the winter months ahead.”

“Bond Auto is proud to be part of this community fundraising event,” said Mark Mast of Bond Auto. “In its tenth year, we’re continuing to grow the fundraising effort by spreading out to different corners of the state, which benefits more Vermonters.”

“Prior to Vianor Tire’s involvement with the program starting in 2014, my personal knowledge of ‘Wheels for Warmth’ was limited,” said Jason Phelps, President of Vianor Tire. “It would be an understatement to say that I am amazed at the support provided by the Vermonters donating along with Phil Scott and his volunteers who made it happen. Vianor is excited to be a part of ‘Wheels for Warmth’ and will continue supporting the program in 2015.”

Tires were inspected by Department of Motor Vehicle officers and sold for a maximum of $25 each on Oct. 25. The line of cars extended from DuBois Construction for nearly a quarter mile, hours before the sale began. Tires not meeting standards were recycled through Casella Waste Management. Casella donates 100 percent of the $4 recycling fee to home heating programs.

“Casella believes in supporting local communities. This program embraces the ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ motto through reselling good tires and recycling tires at the end of their useful life,” said Michael Casella of Casella Waste Management. “It’s great to be part of a program with such dedicated volunteers that helps hardworking Vermonters stay warm through the winter.”

“Ten years of successful donations and sales are proof that Vermonters will always find ways to help their neighbors, and that we can depend on each other for support,” said Phil Scott. “‘Wheels for Warmth’ is made possible thanks to our dedicated volunteers and sponsors, and as long as there is a need, we will make sure this program continues.”

“Wheels for Warmth” would not be nearly as successful without the generosity of: Bond Auto, Casella Waste Management, Vianor Tire, WDEV/Radio Vermont Group, Troy Kingsbury and the Village Grocery in Waitsfield, Dick Mazza’s Store, Maplewood LTD, Accura Printing, Jet Service Envelope, Capitol Grounds, Booth Brothers Dairy, McGullicuddy’s Irish Pub, Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, Norwich University, the University of Vermont chapters of Alpha Chi Omega and Pi Kappa Alpha, Associated General Contractors, DuBois Construction, Inc., and WorkSafe. With their help, all costs associated with promoting and implementing “Wheels for Warmth” are covered without using program funds.