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PROGRAM PROVIDES WAY TO EARN CAR

Welfare recipients who get jobs in Chautauqua County may also be able to get their own wheels.

Department of Social Services Commissioner Edwin Miner on Monday announced the "Earn a Car" program, in partnership with the Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation Improvement Corp., Chautauqua Opportunities, and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Miner said, "This will remove transportation as a major obstacle to self-sufficiency for welfare recipients, by providing a means for people to literally earn their way to a reliable vehicle."

Irene Rubner, project director for the Department of Social Service's Community Development Corps, said, "People must have a job in order to earn a car."

"They will work through BOCES to help repair the auto and then will get help to secure a loan to pay the costs in getting that car on the road, including repairs, insurance and registration."

Anyone interested in donating a used car that needs $500 or less in repairs can contact Chautauqua Opportunities' Mayville office. The value of vehicles donated to "Earna Car" is tax deductible.

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