Indy Auto Man wants to help improve lives
America is very car-centric, and Eugene Gorin experienced the struggles of life without a car while he was growing up. He remembers carrying groceries for miles and his parents having to hitchhike to work because his family couldn’t afford a car.
He is now co-owner of a used car dealership called Indy Auto Man. He sells all kinds of trucks, SUVs, and cars. Gorin hopes to change lives by donating cars to people in need.
"When we got to a position where we were able to give back, we wanted to do something that was impactful and at the same time kind of represented what we do," Gorin said to FOX59.
The most recent recipient, Aletha Powell, who works with special needs children, received a Toyota Camry. She plans to "pay it forward" by giving her car to someone in need as well. Gorin hopes that other companies will also donate their goods so more people are able to do the same.
How does the free car program work?
The company plans to give away a car a month and offers a free year of service with the car.
The owners of Indy Auto Man want to enable people who want to help others. They value initiative, hard work, honesty, continued education, self improvement, and a passion for paying it forward. Indy Auto Man looks for these traits when choosing the car recipient.
Many states lack accessible public transportation and not having a car makes it hard to travel to work in the city. In the last year, the demand for new cars started to outpace supply, increasing prices for both new and used cars. This makes programs like Indy Auto Man’s even more necessary.
If you know a resident of Indiana who regularly gives back to the community, you can nominate them for the IAM 4 Indy program. If you own a business, you can follow the lead of Indy Auto Man and donate things like food or furniture to people in need.