Education is at the heart of the Gilmore Car Museum’s mission. Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of all the people in the greater community through the creation of programs that benefit both children and adults. The GILMORE GARAGE WORKS program nurtures a passion that effects young people not only in the technical knowledge surrounding automobiles but also in the acquisition of life skills needed to be productive community members.
Thanks to Larry and Earlene Baum who first saw the vision; to the Collector’s Foundation that provided a $15,000 challenge grant matched by an anonymous donor through the Barry Community Foundation; to Michigan Works!; to the West Michigan Pontiac Club; to Betty Steen; and to David and Jane Church; and to the mentors—all of whom see the value in education and the inspiration that comes from a love for the automobile.
Wouldn’t You like to be part of the compelling pursuit that can change lives and communities, either as a mentor or as a financial supporter?
Please contact Doug VanderLaan in our Development Office:
269-671-5089 ext. 17
WITH THE VISION of committed donors and the passion of mentors for providing guidance and inspiration, the GILMORE GARAGE WORKS after-school enrichment program began in the Fall of 2009. Currently ten students are working on a 1931 Willys Knight Touring Car. Adult mentors provide instruction in automotive technology, including welding, painting, and fabrication skills. The goal: building career paths and a love for automotive history. As well as the “soft skills” of personal responsibility, consistent attendance, and the importance of personal presentation. They’ll leave the program with a resume, a portfolio, and personal letters of recommendation—as well as self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment.
Artwork presented by
designer / fabricator
Chip Foose, 2009