Supporting kids in our community for the holidays through Salvation Army

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

It’s the holiday season, and Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is excited to participate again in this year’s gift giving programs for the Salvation Army.

“One of the organizations that we do like supporting throughout the year, but especially at this time of year, is the Salvation Army,” said Steve’s Auto owner ST Billingsley.

Billingsley put together stockings full of small gifts for children, which the Salvation Army will provide to children from five to twelve years old.

“Another program which is very good is, and is still a very big need right now, is the Angel Tree. The kids there are already vetted through the Salvation Army – they’re definitely kids and families in need in Prince William County,” said Billingsley.

For the Angel Tree program, the Salvation Army collects holiday gift requests from children in need, and places them on anonymous tags, that donors can pick up and use to fulfill the requests.

In 2016, the Salvation Army helped more than 6,000 families – roughly 14,000 children – in Washington, D.C. Metro area with the Angel Tree Program.

According to Billingsley, individuals can pick up the gift tags at Potomac Mills Mall and the Manassas Mall.

Check out Steve’s previous participation in Angel Tree here.

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire donates CR-V to NOVA automotive program

In Community Involvement by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

This week, Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire donated a manual transmission Honda CR-V to Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) automotive program.

“This donation from Steve’s Automotive will greatly enhance our automotive program because it’s hard to get vehicles with manual transmissions,” said NOVA Automotive Instructor Gary Phares.

Steve’s has donated several other vehicles to the NOVA program over the years.

Steve’s owner ST Billingsley also serves on the NOVA Advisory Committee as a representative of the automotive industry.

“We get donations wherever we can, so we can have a variety of automobiles to teach our automotive students. In our classes, they’re set up as 50% lecture and 50% hands on. So with this, students that are working in Honda dealerships can actually do their hands on training,” said Phares.

According to Phares, NOVA offers certificate and degree programs for indiivduals that want to work in the automotive industry.

“Right now there’s a huge shortage of automotive technicians in the field and I try to encourage students to go on and finish a two year degree,” said Phares.

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

In Boy Scouts by Steves Auto Repair and Tire

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

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

ST Billingsawardley, 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

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

Cub Scout Pack 1189

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.

Cub Scout Pack 1189

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, 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 vehicle 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

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

Dumfries Christmas ParadeSteve’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 gethe staff at Steve’s has helped to decorate the bus for the parade.

According to ST Dumfries Christmas ParadeBillingsley, 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.

Dumfries Christmas Parade

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

‘Fill a Truck’ fundraiserThe 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.