RepairSmith is kicking off its Pacific Northwest launch by partnering with two Portland nonprofits which are providing the community with access to food and transportation, Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) and Ride Connection. - Photo: RepairSmith

RepairSmith is kicking off its Pacific Northwest launch by partnering with two Portland nonprofits which are providing the community with access to food and transportation, Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) and Ride Connection.

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RepairSmith has announced the launch of its on-site repair and maintenance service for business fleets in the greater Portland, Ore., area.

The company kicked off its launch by partnering with two Portland nonprofits which are providing the community with access to food and transportation, Metropolitan Family Service (MFS) and Ride Connection. The company will provide them with $20,000 in free repair services to their vehicles as part of RepairSmith's Jump Start program.

Through Jump Start, RepairSmith will provide a quarter of a million dollars in free vehicle and repair maintenance service for nonprofits throughout RepairSmith's service areas this year.

Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) provides a vast variety of programs and services designed to strengthen families across the lifespan and help them realize their chosen potential. RepairSmith's donation will specifically support the organization's Hunger Relief, Ways to Work, and Project Linkage initiatives. Through these three vital programs, Portland-area residents have access to safe and nutritious food, a reliable vehicle to travel to and from work, and affordable loans to finance a car repair or purchase. In addition, the organization connects volunteers with older adults and those experiencing disabilities who live independently in their own homes to transportation and opportunities to connect with their community.

"When Jump Start offered help with van and car repairs, we knew it would translate into many important ways that would support our community: families being able to access food at our Hunger Relief sites; transportation for older adults to medical appointments; parents being able to safely get to work and get their children to school, for example. That's why we are thrilled with RepairSmith's generosity to provide critical repairs and maintenance on our vehicles," said Judy Strand, MFS Chief Executive Officer.

Ride Connection believes every individual should have access to reliable transportation and offers programs for older adults, people with disabilities, and the general public including individual or group training on bus and light rail travel, door-to-door rides, and deviated route bus services. The organization provides free accessible, responsive transportation alternatives for individuals without any other means and recently launched a food box delivery program. Ride Connection provides over 500,000 rides annually and serves more than 2,000 members within the community.

"We provide essential services to our customers and depend on our vehicles to deliver them. The convenience of having on-site maintenance and repairs keeps our vehicles on the road more often and not sitting in a repair shop, ensuring that we can more reliably meet the needs of our customers," said Julie Wilcke Pilmer, CEO of Ride Connection.

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