ST. LOUIS, Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing support of military members and their families, Enterprise Rent-A-Car joined forces with Progressive® Insurance, the National Auto Body Council (NABC) and others in the collision industry for the third annual Keys to Progress® program. The one-day, nationwide event provided more than 130 newly refurbished vehicles to deserving military members and their families on Veterans Day.
The Keys to Progress vehicle giveaways, spearheaded by Progressive, took place at 60 Progressive Service Centers across the country. For the third consecutive year, Enterprise Rent-A-Car provided six months of automobile insurance for each donated vehicle to ensure recipients were well covered. Enterprise also helped transport families to the giveaway events as needed.
"With our rich military heritage and strong relationships within the collision repair industry, continuing our collaboration with the Keys to Progress program was a natural choice," said Mary Mahoney, vice president, insurance replacement division for Enterprise Rent-A-Car. "Keys to Progress is one of the ways we aim to make life better for those who have dedicated their lives to helping us."
Progressive worked in collaboration with local NABC member collision repair centers to recycle and donate vehicles involved or recovered in a claim. The vehicles were fully restored as an extension of the NABC's Recycled Rides program, a collision industrywide collaboration to repair and donate vehicles to those in need.
Enterprise has been a longstanding partner of NABC and supports its Recycled Rides program. NABC donates vehicles to provide much needed transportation for individuals and service organizations in local communities throughout the country. Recycled Rides has been donating vehicles to deserving individuals and nonprofit organizations since its inception in 2007.
In addition to contributions from Enterprise, Progressive and NABC, the Keys to Progress program featured support from multiple organizations with a shared value in the military. The recipients were selected by local VFW chapters and other veteran organizations with support from VRC Investigations. Vehicle titling and registration processing was facilitated by 1-800 Charity Cars.
The Keys to Progress program reinforces Enterprise's commitment to strengthening the local communities where it operates. In the U.S. alone, more than 5,000 fully staffed Enterprise neighborhood branch offices are conveniently located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the population. These affordable and accessible offices provide replacement rentals to customers of collision repair centers and insurance companies all around the country.
In local communities throughout the U.S., Enterprise employees hosted special fundraising events in advance of Veterans Day to provide extra donations to the Keys to Progress recipients. In Pittsburgh, for example, Enterprise employees organized a charity pinball tournament, chili cook off, "Pie in your Face" contest, car wash and cookout, raising more than $700 to benefit their local Keys to Progress award recipients.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car's support for Keys to Progress is rooted in a commitment to the military that goes back nearly six decades. The company is named after the USS Enterprise, one of the aircraft carriers on which company founder Jack Taylor served as a U.S. Navy pilot during World War II. In addition, nearly 13 percent of Enterprise's total workforce is made up of military veterans or reservists.
About Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Founded in 1957, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an internationally recognized brand known for an extensive network of locations, affordable rates and outstanding customer service. When severe weather and natural disasters strike, the Enterprise neighborhood network plays an integral role in mobilizing the local recovery efforts of insurance providers, emergency response organizations and repair shops. Enterprise Rent-A-Car's local branches and its insurance and collision partners also can leverage the company's evolving technology platforms, such as ARMS and the Priority Pass program.
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