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Car care program honors volunteers

Jim Korkowski was presented with the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award by the Douglas County Car Care program. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)

The Douglas County Car Care Program celebrated its first year Thursday by saluting those who helped make it a success – volunteers and supporters.

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The faith-based program helps those with limited incomes who face problems when their vehicles stop working or need immediate repairs.

It receives donated cars, repairs them and gives them to needy families. If a person already owns a vehicle but can’t afford to repair it, the DCCCP will fix it, using primarily volunteers, such as skilled mechanics and those working at automotive service centers.

Last year, the program served 92 clients and their 104 dependents.

Last Thursday, the DCCP held a burger supper in appreciation of the many individuals and businesses who pitched in to help with donations, time, or other contributions.

“Volunteers truly make the Douglas County Car Care Program (DCCCP) work,” noted Cliff Korkowski, executive director of DCCCP. “By providing their time and talent to the program, the amount of repairs that are possible for the program increases by three or four times.”

The 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Jim Korkowski of Brandon. He is Cliff’s brother and played a key role in helping the program.

He was at the first Car Care Saturday, where local mechanics repair vehicles, and attended the 10 others that were held.

“Not only has he helped at the Car Care Saturdays, he has helped by bringing in cars to be donated or repaired, helped take cars to the auction in New York Mills, or to the scrap iron dealer in Glenwood,” said Cliff. “He helped promote the program and solicit the help of others, including his wife, Judy, to make the program work.”

The DCCCP board of directors include Tom Klecker, president, Jerry Wright vice president, Mike Woods, secretary, Colleen Boesen, treasurer, directors Karen Burr, Keith Forrester, Brent Gundberg, Harold Koep, Stephen Nagle and Richard Volker, and past president, Deb Herges.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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