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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    All donations are tax deductible. 

    Prefer to send a check or donation by mail? 

    Checks should be made out to: Rolling Start NC 

    Checks should be mailed to:

    83 Meadow View Drive Sylva NC 29779

    Have an old car? Why not donate it to a good cause!

    We have many applicants who have been approved to receive a car from Rolling Start, but we are always short on vehicles to give them. We get all of our vehicles via heartfelt donations. We accept vehicles in almost any condition, they don’t even need to be running! We will come and pick it up. And since we are a 501c3, you may be eligible to deduct your donation on your taxes.
    Please get in touch with us to make arrangements. 



    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:

    Current Projects – August 2022

    Here are a few of the cars that were recently donated to Rolling Start so that we can fix up and donate to those people in need in Jackson County, NC. Volvo C70 This Volvo is getting new seat covers, interior trim and the rear window repaired so it no longer leaks....

    Rolling Start awarded WNC Bridge Foundation Grant

    This past week Rolling Start NC was awarded an IMPACT GRANT from WNC Bridge Foundation for $66,000 over 3 years beginning July 1st 2022.  This is restricted to salaries of a part time Program Coordinator, and in the second and third years a part time mechanic as well....

    New Vehicle Donated

    We got another vehicle donated.  The ones suitable to give to people in need are coming in slow this year but this is a nice one and should be a quick turn around. A 2007 Toyota Camry. The previous owner bought it new and now is living in Bryson Senior Center and no...

    3 Cars Awarded!

    We awarded two vehicles this week and one last week.  I expect that a few people will have a better Thanksgiving. 1996 Mercury Sable to a widow from Waynesville working with Meridian and Circles.  She was previously homeless.  With the car she hopes to begin...

    2003 Dodge Caravan Awarded

    To 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.

    Current Project - 2009 Lincoln MKZ

    When we receive a car as a donation we check it for any potential problems. We changed the oil, checked the brakes and did routine maintenance on this recently donated Lincoln. We also replaced the rocker panels on both sides that had rust damage.

    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 and Venmo links.


    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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