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December 19, 2014

Warrenton Eagle Scout helps family get mini van

WMAR-TV 2, Baltimore
VIDEO: Click above to watch TV news story about the donation.
David Manzella worked for months to recondition the 2000 Toyota Sienna.
The Warrenton scout hands the keys David Meachum on Tuesday.
I really wanted to help a family with my project,.Two parts of the Scout Law that I live by are to be ‘helpful’ and ‘thrifty.’ I believe that I’ve achieved that in this project. I’ve helped a family in need of transportation and refurbished a vehicle to be thrifty.
— David Manzella, Fauquier High School senior
As his Eagle Scout service project, a Warrenton teenager helped a family in need solve its transportation challenges.

David Manzella, 17, “planned, developed and led the project from start to finish, securing a donated vehicle, raising the funds to repair the vehicle, and leading a team of eight Boy Scouts and friends in making the repairs themselves,” Vehicles for Change spokeswoman Josie Hankey said.

David and fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 360 presented mini van keys to the family Tuesday at the Vehicles for Change headquarters in Maryland.

“I really wanted to help a family with my project,” David explained. “Two parts of the Scout Law that I live by are to be ‘helpful’ and ‘thrifty.’ I believe that I’ve achieved that in this project. I’ve helped a family in need of transportation and refurbished a vehicle to be thrifty.”

The scout has an affinity for all things mechanical, according to his Eagle Coach Kathy Kulick.

Enrolled in the third and final level of the automotive program at Fauquier High School, David at a young age started learning mechanics from his father at home.

The scout chose to partner with VFC because he connected with the organization’s mission and wanted his project to deeply impact the lives of others. This project allowed him to combine his career aspirations with scout values.

“David’s hard work and dedication to making an impact on the lives of others is truly remarkable,” VFC Director of Organizational Image Jen Harrington said. “This is the first time that an outside individual has solicited and repaired a vehicle for VFC to award. VFC is proud to share the fulfillment of our mission with David.”

A nonprofit organization, Vehicles for Change empowers low-income families to achieve economic and personal independence through vehicle ownership and technical training.

David’s project provided the 2000 Toyota Sienna to a Carroll County, Md., living in a rural area without public transportation.

The father of four young children, David Meachum for the last year had walked to his job in Mount Airy, Md. Limited to what they could carry, the family also walked to a nearby grocery store and Walmart to buy food and household supplies. All other activities required asking for a ride from friends or neighbors.

Vehicles for Change accepts and repairs donated cars and awards them to prequalified families for as little as $750, enabling low-income families to become self-sufficient.

Since 1999, VFC has awarded more than 4,700 cars to low-income families, changing the lives of more than 16,400 people.

Click here to read The Carrol County Times story about David’s project.

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booknerd · December 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm
Great job, David! It is nice to see good stories like this.
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