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Collision Repair Education Foundation Invites Collision Industry Businesses to Sponsor Student Safety Kits for Local High School and College Collision Programs


From Ed Salamy, ABPA Executive Director:

The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is an organization that has been deeply supported both personally by me, as well as the ABPA, throughout the years.

Supporting and promoting education in the collision repair industry helps to ensure our industry’s future and promotes goodwill to the future customers of ABPA members. I encourage all ABPA members to support this cause and contribute towards the safety kit donation program through CREF.


The Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) is facilitating a student safety kit donation program between collision repair businesses and high school and college collision repair programs.

The safety kit includes:

  • New Cintas work shirt/pants
  • Pair of safety glasses
  • Ear plugs
  • Disposable dusk mask

Each local student can be sponsored for $50. Businesses that sponsor 20 or more safety kits can have their corporate logo featured on a patch on the front of the uniform shirts.

“The Collision Repair Education Foundation wants to make the return to school this spring safer and more professional for collision school students,” said Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development for the Foundation. “Through the generous support of our industry partners, we can provide the next generation workforce with the support they need to succeed.”

Participating businesses can sponsor schools of their choice, or they can choose to be paired with a school in need by the Education Foundation. The donation program can lead to long term relationships between professionals and school programs that are preparing the next generation of collision industry employees.

Sponsorship and donations are facilitated through the Collision Repair Education Foundation, but sponsoring businesses are invited to visit the school to meet the students and distribute the new uniforms.

Companies interested in sponsoring the uniform donation program through the Collision Repair Education Foundation for the 2018-2019 school year should contact Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode, at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or (312) 231-0258.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation is seeking industry support for student safety kits to make the spring back-to-school season safer and more professional at the over 1000 schools that teach collision repair across the U.S.

About the Collision Repair Education Foundation

The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation visit us online at: www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.

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