Giving Back to the Industry

I-CAR CEO Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Joining in on the international campaign to raise awareness for ALS through the #IceBucketChallenge, I-CAR® CEO & President John Van Alstyne welcomed the invitation from FenderBender editor Jake Weyer, publisher Chris Messer and marketing strategist Andrew Johnson.  Van Alstyne invited staff at I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, to cheer him on as he took the challenge.  Employees pooled together to make a donation to the ALS Association and the Collison Repair Education Foundation.


“While hesitant at first at the thought of having a bucket of ice water poured over my head, I gladly accepted the challenge to support two great causes,” Van Alstyne said. “I wanted to further raise awareness not only of ALS to help find a cure, but also to bring attention to the Collision Repair Education Foundation whose mission, like I-CAR’s, is to support endeavors that promote, qualify, and properly train employees entering the collision industry.”

With that, Van Alstyne took the challenge and in turn nominated Clark Plucinski, Executive Director of the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

I-CAR actively supports many organizations that drive the collision repair industry forward.

Collision Repair Education Foundation

I-CAR actively supports the Collision Repair Education Foundation, a 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing charitable support for collision repair training in career and technical schools and colleges.

In 2013 and again in 2014, I-CAR committed to set aside $1 for every I-CAR class attended as a donation to the Foundation. This resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the organization's work.

The two organizations are perfect complements to each other. While I-CAR provides the industry with the technical training its professionals need, the Collision Repair Education Foundation ensures that all collision repair professionals have access to this training, by supporting students, instructors and schools. This productive approach results in well-trained students who enter the industry as productive, efficient and capable employees.

To learn more about the Collision Repair Education Foundation, please visit their website:

Rescue for Disabled

Collision industry businesses can partner with Scene of the Accident (SOTA), a Texas-based non-profit organization, to host “Rescue 4 Disabled” training at their locations.

This training is designed to give First Responders an understanding of how to properly care for and handle people with special needs at the site of a collision. Many of the vehicles that people with special needs or disabilities travel in require alternate extrication methods and are often equipped with electric hydraulic ramps and hand controls, both posing hazards if handled incorrectly.

To learn more, or to host Rescue 4 Disabled training at your location, visit

Dates and Locations

February 7 | Mitchell International, Inc. – San Diego, CA
February 18 | Browning Collision Center – Cerritos, CA 
February 19 | Fix Auto Whittier – Whittier, CA 
February 21 | Cooks Collision of Davis – Davis, CA 
February 25 | Serramonte Ford Body Shop – Colma, CA 
February 27 | Artistic Auto Body – Tigard, OR 
March 6 | Hi-Tech Auto Body – Greeley, CO 
March 7 | Airport Auto Body Inc. – Aurora, CO 
May 30 | R K Autobody – Centerville, IA 
July 15 | Schaefer Collision Center – Crestwood Creve, MO 
July 16 | Schaefer Collision Center – Couer, MO 
July 17 | Schaefer Collision Center – Ellsville, MO 
July 18 | Schaefer Collision Center – Hazelwood, MO 
July 19 | Schaefer Collision Center – O’Fallon, MO 
July 22 | Schaefer Collision Center – Springfield, IL 
Aug 27 | Suburban Autoworks – Doylestown, PA
Aug 29 | Johnny Mock's Auto Body Shop – Turtle Creek, PA

Operation Comfort - Automotivation Program

I-CAR donated curriculum to the Automotivation Program at Operation Comfort, a San Antonio-based nonprofit organization that supports wounded service members. The Automotivation program will use the I-CAR curriculum as its primary training source, helping more than 500 wounded troops learn how to repair vehicles and re-enter the workforce.