Helping where we can...


Rolling Start is a non-profit group of car enthusiasts that refurbish donated vehicles that are then given to individuals in need of transportation to help work their way out of poverty in Jackson County, North Carolina.


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    Checks should be made out to: Rolling Start NC 

    Checks should be mailed to:

    83 Meadow View Drive Sylva NC 29779

    How we help…

    We take donated cars and refresh them, sometimes with a simple tune up, sometimes a fresh coat of paint or some light body work. We make sure they are safe and ready for the road again. Here are some of the cars we have fixed up and put back on the roads for those in need:

    2003 Honda Civic

    Nov 2020  To xx.,  A disabled senior with no affordable or safe transportation.  The vehicle, as well as aid and car parts at cost for refurbishing this vehicle and others, was provided by NAPA  Auto Parts of Sylva and owner Tim Jones.

    2003 Dodge Caravan

    April 2021  To xx., A disabled single mother of five including a set of 6 month old twins, one with a disability. She is seen here with her brother. She had no vehicle and no means to obtain one.

    2004 Toyota Echo

    March 2019 – TO xx., A graduate of the Circles of Hope program to aid people in their rise from poverty. The care has allowed her to start a side business cleaning homes.

    2007 Ford Freestar

    May 2019 – For XX. A participant in the Clean Slate program. A program for women recently released from prison.
    A residential program to transition women back into society and improve their chances of success and avoid returning to a lifestyle that returns them to prison. This vehicle allowed her to visit her children in Morgantown on weekends while she completed the program. She has now moved back to Morgantown with her children and is doing well.

    2003 Hyundai Tiburon

    August 2019 – to xx. – A Graduate of Circles of Hope , now a member of their board. The car allowed her to take a job in mental health field in Franklin and travel to her job daily.

    1998 Toyota Camry

    August 2019 – to xx. – A victim of domestic abuse, she was aided by Reach of Macon County to remove her and her daughters from this life threatening situation. She went thru the job training program at Webster Enterprises and has become a full time model employee of Webster Enterprises. The car has given her freedom from Jackson Transport whom she was paying $18 a day for her daughters and her self to get to school and work. Her life has changed in many ways for the better.

    Current Project - Toyota Avalon

    When we receive a car as a donation we check it for any potential problems. We just replaced the timing belt in this Toyota Avalon and are changing the spark plugs. It is our hope that the future owner of this vehicle will be be able to use it for many years to come.

    All the work we do on these vehicles comes at a cost, spark plugs, tires, paint and oil all add up. If you would like to help out Rolling Start, you can donate through PayPal below.


    100% Recycled Fun

    Ed, one of our members has spent years wood working and carving and has recently tried his hand at working in metal. He takes old engine pieces and tools and crafts them into these wonderful sculptures. 


    Working with others

    The group has donated several of these works of art to the Cherokee Rodder’s annual car shows to be given away as trophies.  In exchange, they have made several generous donations to our organization which we have used to purchase parts and supplies to help rebuild the cars we provide.

    A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

    An ION Grant was awarded to Rolling Start NC by Dogwood Health Trust in 2020 designated for the purpose of obtaining needed tools, equipment, and a NC Used Car Dealers License.
    Rolling Start NC is supported, in part, by a grant from Nantahala Health Foundation, whose mission is to support and collaborate with local organizations to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.


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