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Good News Garage's Colston on AARP council

BURLINGTON Hal Colston of Essex Junction, founder of Good News Garage and NeighborKeepers, has been named to the AARP Vermont Executive Council. He will work closely with the council, staff and volunteers throughout the state to help AARP achieve its mission in Vermont. He will contribute to advancing the current AARP Vermont agenda including health care reform, energy affordability, livable communities and transportation issues among others. Colston started Good News Garage in July 1996 with the support of Lutheran Social Services and it has become a national model for car donation programs around the United States. In New England states, Good News Garage accepts donated cars, trucks and vans, repairs them and provides them to low-income working families in those states. In October 2007 Good News Garage provided its 3000th vehicle to a family. Colston left the Good News Garage in March 2004 to create a new non-profit called NeighborKeepers. It is designed to create positive socio-economic integration experiences. Participants (lower-income families) and volunteers/allies (community members) work together to eliminate barriers to success in a supportive environment, investing in the transformative power of positive social networks.

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