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Douglas County Car Care Program expands

Tom Carlson of Koep’s Korner presents the keys of a 2002 Dodge Durango to Sam Kalina at a recent Car Care Saturday event, sponsored by the Douglas County Car Care Program. The program was notified that it meets all Charity Review Council Accountability Standards. (Contributed)

The Douglas County Car Care Program (DCCCP) recently took strides in strengthening the program and was able to help another family in need.

DCCCP received confirmation from the Charity Review Council of Minnesota, Inc. that DCCCP now meets all Accountability Standards.

On its website, The Charity Review Council states, “The Accountability Standards serve as a framework for building trusting, productive relationships between nonprofits, donors, and the general public, who deliver the greater good in partnership. The Accountability Standards are at the heart of our mission; with them, the Council builds a culture of philanthropy, where nonprofits and donors are engaged partners, working together for stronger communities.”

DCCCP is now licensed to use the “Meets Standards Seal” in its publicity and promotional material.

DCCCP was also able to supply another family in need with a car at a recent Car Care Saturday. Sam Kalina received a 2002 Dodge Durango.

At the Car Care Saturday, Tom Carlson, a technician with Koep’s Korner, and nine volunteers helped repair four client-owned vehicles. They also cleaned the Durango and replaced the battery.

Kalina had been trying to get to work and transport three kids to day care with a borrowed car that wasn’t big enough for child car seats.

Kalina received the Durango from the DCCCP after it was washed. Ten gallons of gasoline were donated by Mike’s 66 Car Wash.

DCCCP will likely take any donated vehicle that is not running or has issues. If it can’t give the car to a family, it will use the revenue to repair more vehicles.

DCCCP will pick up the vehicle, or it can be dropped off at Koep’s Korner at 6th and Hawthorne in Alexandria.

To donate a car, volunteer, or for more information, contact the Douglas County Car Care Program at (320) 460-7911 or visit