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The non-profit Good News Mountaineer Garage began in 1999 when a group got together to plan a project to help their fellow West Virginians get on the road to independence.

Now the Good News Mountaineer Garage puts people on the road with the help of many individuals and organizations.

The Good News Mountaineer Garage accepts donations of vehicles that are repairable for a reasonable amount of money. These donated cars are then distributed to families with low incomes needing transportation to work.

You may be eligible for a tax deduction on your federal income taxes if your car is accepted. And you may also qualify for a direct state tax credit, when available, for a portion of the value of your vehicle.

We provide donated cars to low income families across the entire state of West Virginia.

The program has helped over 2,527 West Virginia families meet their transportation needs.

The GNMG is involved in an ongoing program to measure the outcomes of its programs. The results of this past year's respondent follow up study showed that:

  • From March 2016 through March 2017 GNMG has provided 222 vehicles to meet the transportation needs of 275 adults and 414 children.
  • Number of cars provided to families total approximately 2,527 since inception: in FY17, GNMG will provide 200 vehicles.
  • In the past four years we have provided 814 vehicles to meet the transportation needs of 1,003 adults and 1,385 children.
  • DHHR TANF's Director reported to the USDHHS that GNMG was one of the case managers' most valuable programs to help people get off public assistance.
  • WVDHHR- DRS has asked if GNMG has the capacity to increase the number of vehicles provided to their referred clientele indicating that GNMG is helping the agency move their clients to gainful employment or training.

A follow-up survey of TANF vehicle recipients conducted in FY09 showed the following:

  • 87% were no longer on TANF
  • 9% were on TANF but were in training or the 6 month transition stage of moving to employment
  • 4% were still receiving TANF and not in training or transition
  • 36% are able to attend more school activities
  • 36% accessed better child care
  • 21% moved to better housing
  • 31% accessed improved medical care


Our Board of Directors 2019:


Kate FitzGerald
WV Public Broadcasting


Roger Brewer
WV University


Shanequa Smith
Community Representative


Melissa Pits


Claudette Karr
Coalfield Development


Kristina Elliott
Community Works WV


Sam Hickman
National Association of Social Workers, WV Chapter


Larry Dawson
Larry Dawson Auto Sales


Laurie Thompsen
WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Frank Bush


Cara Pogue
BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company

Executive Director

Jennifer Thacker
Good News Mountaineer Garage


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"When I opened up the thank you note there was not only the note but also a picture of the receipient and she had a smile on her face which in turn gave me a smile on my face because I knew she was thankful, she was happy, she was now able to drive herself to a job. She specifically said that the car helped to get her to her job and take the children to doctor's appointments."
- Nate and Jane Bowles