Steve’s Auto crew picks up trash in Woodbridge for KPWB

In Keep Prince William Beautiful by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

The crew from Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire was out on Neabsco Mills Road in Woodbridge this weekend, cleaning up the roadway for Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB).

KPWB is an organization in Prince William County that focuses on keeping the county clean and beautiful, with an emphasis on preserving the environment and natural beauty of the area.

Steve’s is proud to run the “Adopt-A-Spot” along Neabsco Mills Road.

“We clean up basically from Route 1 on Neabsco [Mills Road] all the way up to Dale Boulevard. We find a lot of interesting stuff around here,” said Steve’s owner ST Billingsley.

According to Billingsley, the crew was able to take advantage of the nice weather to pick up trash.

“One of the things we do for KPWB – Keep Prince William Beautiful – is that we take care of the bus stops here on Neabsco Mills Road,” said Billingsley.

Billingsley said that each time the crew comes out to pick up trash, they collect between 8 to 12 trash bags from the area that they cover.

Dale City Cub Scout Pack 1189 comes to Steve’s Auto to make Pinewood Derby cars

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Each year the Boy Scouts compete in the Pinewood Derby in Dale City

Each year the Boy Scouts compete in the Pinewood Derby in Dale City

Dale City Cub Scout Pack 1189 took Steve’s up on their offer to provide space and tools for the Scouts to create their cars for the annual Pinewood Derby.

Each year, Scouts from all over the Occoquan district compete in the Pinewood Derby, racing cars that they’ve made with their units.

Around 50 Scouts and troop leaders gathered at Steve’s over the weekend to create their derby cars.

“It was about helping the kids get their cars cut out, using the tools we provided. The Cub Scout Pack Leaders came in and worked with the kids to get the cars cut out,” said Steve’s owner Scott Whitling.

Steve’s purchased equipment to help the Scouts make their cars and opened up the shop on the weekend to give them space for the project.

Steve's hopes to help more Scout units with their Pinewood Derby cars

Steve’s hopes to help more Scout units with their Pinewood Derby cars

“I like it. What was cool was how the kids and parents appreciated us providing this for them. Because they actually came looking for me when they finished, to thank us for helping them out,” said Whitling.

At the end of the day, all of the Scouts came together to clean up the shop and took on leadership roles.

Steve’s plans on doing this again for the Boy Scouts and hopes they can help other units.

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Cub Scout Pinewood Derby day at Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire

In Boy Scouts, Community Involvement, Pinewood Derby by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Pinewood Derby Day at Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire

Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire in Woodbridge Virginia will open their doors to all Boy Scouts and Cub Scout units in the Woodbridge, Dale City, Dumfries, Lake Ridge, and Manassas Areas for Pinewood Derby Car Building Day.

For units that want space to build their derby cars or to use some professional tools, Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is willing to work with Scouts to coordinate weekend derby car building events in Woodbridge.

Packs are able to use special tools provided by Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire and can work with their families to build the cars. Scouts also ge the chance to build or repair their cars in a real-life automotive garage setting, which adds to fun.

By using the space, Scout leaders are also able to practice setting up the race track to make sure it works correctly, without having to pay for extra time at the Prince William school where the derby is held. This helps to make sure there were no glitches on race day.

“We’ve done this before and it was fun for the Cub Scouts, parents, and us. We enjoy doing it for the community and that is why we are expanding the days for the Scouts, to make sure they’re prepared for the Pinewood Derby,” said ST Billingsley owner of Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire.

Overall it is a great event with lots of fun and hard work for the Scouts. To coordinate a date for units to come to Steve’s for car building, call 703-670-8005.

While there are many ways to build a car for the Pinewood Derby, there are standard rules all Scouts must follow – either set by NCAC‘s Boy Scout District Director or the individual units.

 

Owner of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire recieves Boys & Girls Club award

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ST BillingsOwner of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire recieves Boys & Girls Club awardley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, was honored with the Good Character and Citizenship Award at the 27th annual Steak ‘n’ Stake dinner, hosted by the Prince William County Boys & Girls Clubs.

Billingsley received the award for the work he does in the community, specifically the partnership he’s created between Steve’s and the Boys & Girls Clubs. Late last year, Steve’s donated a renovated van to the Boys & Girls Club to help the organization bring children back and forth to the clubs’ programs.

“It is a great honor to be recognized by the Prince William Boys & Girls Clubs. They do great work for kids in our community, and I’m happy to give them my support,” said Billingsley.

Other local organizations were honored for their involvement, and two club members were given the Youth of the Year Awards.

 

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire hosts Cub Scout Pack 1189’s Pinewood Derby

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Steve's Auto Repair & Tire hosts Cub Scout Pack 1189's Pinewood Derby

Steve’s Auto co-owner Scott Whitling kicks off the Pinewood Derby in Woodbridge.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire hosted Cub Scout Pack 1189’s unit Pinewood Derby again this year.

The pack, based out of Montclair, hosts their own unit competition each year. This year the competition was hosted at the John F. Pattie Elementary School in Woodbridge.

Steve’s Auto has sponsored the event for many years, as part of our community outreach, and brought along 50 pizzas from Aroma Pizza to feed the unit.

“We like being able to support our community in this way, and it’s a lot of fun watching the kids race their cars,” said Scott Whitling, co-owner at Steve’s Auto.

Steve's Auto Repair & Tire hosts Cub Scout Pack 1189's Pinewood Derby

Parents and their Scouts gathered together for the Pinewood Derby at John F. Pattie Elementary School.

Whitling was given the honor of starting the races off in the school’s gymnasium.

“It was great being able to see all of the parents and their Scouts out at the event,” said Whitling.

The winners of each of the unit competitions move on to the Occoquan Boy Scout’s District-wide Pinewood Derby, which is scheduled this year for March 12.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire donates bus to Boys & Girls Club in Dumfries

In Boys and Girls Club, Community Involvement by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

After seeing a need, our shop decided to help out and find and fix up a bus to donate to the General Heiser Boys & Girls Club in Dumfries.

But we couldn’t do it on our own – we had to work together to make it happen.

In addition to the techs and management at Steve’s Auto Repair working on finding and repairing the bus, two automotive companies – K&W Tire and Carquest – also stepped in to assist.

K&W Tire donated an entire set of quality tires for the bus, and Carquest provided much needed parts to complete repairs on the bus, to make it safe for the road. Both companies have been involved in community projects for several years.

For the club’s Executive Director Judy Moore, having another bus will make a huge difference – for herself, her staff and the kids.

“I am so excited about this new bus that we just got. We’ve been having to take two buses to schools, to pick up the kids, or picking up a group of kids and coming back and then sending the bus back to get more kids,” said Moore.

We’re proud that we were able to make a difference in our community at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire brings light, holiday cheer to Boys & Girls Club bus

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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire brings light, holiday cheer to Boys & Girls Club busSteve’s Auto Repair & Tire assisted the Heiser Boys & Girls Club of Dumfries, to get their bus ready for the Dumfries Christmas Parade.

This year was the second year that the staff at Steve’s has helped to decorate the bus for the parade.

According to ST Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire brings light, holiday cheer to Boys & Girls Club busBillingsley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, the staff attached the lighting display and garlands, and then added batteries and an inverter, so the Christmas
lights would work while the bus is out on the road.

“We’re proud to help be a part of the holiday tradition of the Dumfries Christmas Parade in the community, and that we could help the Boys & Girls Club to participate in the parade,” said Billingsley.

The bus made its debut last Saturday at the parade, and was enjoyed by many of the children from the Boys & Girls Club that rode on the bus for the parade.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire brings light, holiday cheer to Boys & Girls Club bus

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire gears up for this year’s ‘Fill a Truck’

In Community Involvement, The Salvation Army by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire gears up for this year’s ‘Fill a Truck’The Prince William Salvation Army is hosting their ‘Fill a Truck’ fundraiser this year, and Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire will be on site to help.

As longtime supporters of the Salvation Army and ‘Fill a Truck’ we will have staff on site collecting toy donations in Woodbridge on Saturday, December 5.

The goal of the fundraiser is to gather toys for children in need in Prince William County. The Salvation Army will have trucks available for loading donations from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all five of the Prince William County Walmart locations.

Donating a toy or gift to ‘Fill a Truck’ is easy and rewarding, and the Salvation Army, together with local partners like Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire have been able to provide clothing and gifts to more than 1,000 children.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire donates minivan to NOVA automotive program

In Community Involvement by Stephanie Tipple

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire donates minivan to NOVA automotive program

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire donated a minivan and automotive parts to NOVA’s auto program.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire was proud to donate a minivan and automotive parts to the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Automotive program, based out of Manassas.

“Steve’s has been loading the van up with starters and air conditioning compressors…a half shaft, a steering rack,” said Gary Phares, an automotive instructor at (NOVA).

According to another automotive instructor at NOVA, John Hicks, the program currently has 150 students in day and night classes.

“We train in all eight areas of ASE [certification]…brakes, alignments, suspension, electrical, AC, engine repair, engine performance, automatic transmission, manual transmission,” said Hicks.

At NOVA there is a 2 year automotive degree program, or a one year certificate program with job placement assistance.

While the program is popular, Hicks and Phares said that they rely mainly on donations from automotive shops, like Steve’s, to get parts they need.

“We use a variety of things in the program, so it’s not so much a question on what we need, it’s what can we get…we pretty much rely on donations,” said Hicks.

Phares said there is especially need for manual transmissions and manual transmission vehicles.

The instructors will pick up any vehicles or parts that are donated to the program, according to Phares.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire donates to Hilda Barg homeless shelter in Woodbridge

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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire donates to Hilda Barg homeless shelter in Woodbridge

Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Woodbridge Virginia.

ST Billingsley, owner of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire, visited the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Center in Woodbridge.

After hearing that the shelter was in dire need of pillows for its residents, Billingsley wanted to help.

“Being a part of the community is important to us, and we always want to help when we can. We’re proud at Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire to be able to donate these pillows and help out residents in need,” said Billingsley.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire donates to Hilda Barg homeless shelter in Woodbridge

Delivering pillows to the Hilda Barg Homeless Prevention Shelter.

He went to deliver a month’s worth of pillows to the volunteers at the shelter, who were very excited about the donation.

“You don’t realize you need things like that, until you don’t have them,” said a shelter volunteer.