In 2019, Progressive will celebrate seven years of honoring veterans through the Keys to Progress® program.
Every November, we host this one-day vehicle giveaway event for veterans at various Progressive offices and authorized vehicle repair facility locations across the United States. We've donated more than 600 vehicles to veterans and veteran organizations since 2013.
We see the need in our communities to provide transportation support to military men and women facing tough circumstances in life–from difficult personal and family health needs to excessive rent burdens, unemployment, and homelessness. One of Progressive’s Core Values is the Golden Rule. The Keys to Progress program is one way we put that into action and give back to people who've given so much for our country.
Vehicle giveaways primarily take place at various offices and authorized vehicle repair facility locations across the United States. Recipients are expected to live in or near these communities.
We work with military and charity organizations to find veterans in need of a vehicle and with our network of auto-body shops and national salvage companies to identify and refurbish vehicles for donation. We also work closely with these organizations to administer this program every year:
Each year, applications are reviewed starting in May of each program year and recipients are typically selected and contacted by Sept. 30.
If you're a veteran and have interest in being a Keys to Progress program vehicle recipient you need to apply through a non-profit organization (e.g., charity, military association like a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post, Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, etc.) and meet specific criteria, including:
Be able to provide a DD214
Must fall below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines table issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. See National Income Limits (click “a chart with percentages of the guidelines” under “Resources” on the right side of the page.)
Have a valid driver’s license
Have clean driving record–no major infractions the in past seven years
Be able to insure and maintain the vehicle
Not own a vehicle currently or show a hardship with current vehicle
Provide at least one year of income tax filing
Be able to cover recipient legal obligations and liabilities, including vehicle title transfer fees, all applicable sales tax and fees after one year of vehicle ownership, and insurance coverage after the first six months of vehicle ownership
Non-profit organizations and VA case workers need to request applications on behalf of veterans interested in the program. They can be requested by sending an email to KeysToProgress@progressive.com.
Once a non-profit organization works with a veteran to complete an application, it should be submitted via email to KeysToProgress@progressive.com.
If you don’t have or know of a military charity to complete the application process, go to VA.gov to find a local veteran office or contact your local VFW post. Vehicles are distributed once a year, typically in November, through the Keys to Progress program. Applications are reviewed starting in May of each program year and recipients are typically selected and contacted by Sept. 30.
Progressive employs 1,400-plus veterans who've served our country or who continue to do so as reservists. We proudly support our veteran employees with military-specific offerings. Visit progressive.com/jobs to learn about available positions for which you can apply.
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