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Pinewood Derby workshop held at Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire

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

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire was filled with the sounds and smells of wood being cut on Saturday.

Members of Cub Scout Pack 1373 in Dale City and Cub Scout Pack 501 in Woodbridge prepared for an upcoming competition at the Woodbridge-based business.

“We’re here at Steve’s Auto Repair, where he was kind enough to host a workshop for all our scouts,” Cub Scout 1373 Cubmaster Tim Young said. “We’re building pinewood derby cars for our derby.”

The auto repair shop is sponsoring the Pinewood Derby, which is scheduled for January 26.

It run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Prince of Peace United Methodist Church in Manassas.

“This is what we like to do to give back to our community,” Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire Owner Scott Whitling said.

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Steve’s Auto Repair and Tire covering employees’ health care

In Community Involvementby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire is making health care more affordable for its employees.

On December 1, the Woodbridge-based automotive repair shop started paying 100 percent of the basic health care plan.

“Small businesses are finding it more difficult to attract and retain qualified employees. The rising cost of health care is contributing to the issue,” Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire Owner Scott Whitling said. “We thought, ‘What could we do to be more marketable in our industry and do something that would benefit the employees?’”

This is enabling an employee to purchase health insurance for his two children.

Employees of Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire also received more Paid Time Off (PTO) days that can be used if they’re sick or they need to care for family members.

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Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire wins ‘Best Auto Repair’

In Community Involvementby Steves Auto Repair and Tire

Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire was recently recognized by a Prince William County publication.

The Woodbridge-based shop was named “Best Auto Repair” in the 2018 Prince William Times Readers’ Choice Award.

Through the contest, community members could vote for local businesses and services.

“We are humbled by the recognition,” Steve’s Auto Repair & Tire Owner Scott Whitling said. “We like participating with and being part of the community.”

Supporting kids in our community for the holidays through Salvation Army

In Community Involvement, The Salvation Armyby 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 Involvementby 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.