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Wheels to Work Program Presents Set of Wheels to SC Resident

Edisto-Savannah RC&D’s Wheels to Workdemonstration project presented a vehicle on January 16th,2003, at Honda Cars of Aiken. During a press conference highlightingthe new program (which is being tested in the six county Edisto-SavannahRC&D area which includes Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Calhoun, andOrangeburg Counties), Ms. Chellete Perkins drove off in her Saturn vehicle.Wheels to Work will provide 100 previously owned vehicles at zero interest loansto participants of South Carolina Department of Social Service’s (DSS) FamilyIndependence Program. Wheels to Work is a first of its kind in the state andwill hopefully become a statewide program in the near future. A successfuldemonstration project in this area increases the potential for a statewideprogram.

Wheels to Work makes automobiles available and affordable foreligible participants through low, no-interest monthly payments, with no moneydown. The program is heavily self-sustained, since all client loan payments areused to purchase additional vehicles. "Wheels to Work offers more than justtransportation to Family Independence Program clients—it gives them freedomand in many cases a new beginning as they gain a reliable means oftransportation," stated USDA -NRCS State Conservationist Walter W. Douglas."This program will give participants an initiative for higher achievementand self-improvement".

For more information, please contact Wheels to Work ProgramManager Stacy Jamison at (888) 866-8852, ext. 1714, or scwheels2work@aol.com.