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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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