Downey: Joe Downey (right) with mechanics Jay Walsh (left) and Harry Giglio (center).
A Pawling business owner recently went above and beyond the definition of generosity when donating to the local resource center. In April, Joe Downey, owner of Downey Auto Repair, posted a unique proposal on the firm’s Facebook page. He shared a picture of a 2005 Jeep Liberty for sale and offered to donate $1,000 to the Pawling Resource Center if the vehicle was sold that weekend. Days later, a family from Hyde Park drove off in a new car, and the Resource Center was the recipient of a generous donation.
Before the jeep was put up for sale, the team at Downey Auto Repair installed a low-mileage engine and outfitted it with a lift kit and new, larger tires. The vehicle was also professionally detailed. “I liked that vehicle a lot, and I even threw in a 12-month, 12,000 mile labor warrantee with the sale,” says Joe Downey. The jeep sold quickly to the family in Hyde Park.
With the sales challenge met, Downey cut a check for $1,000 and presented it to the Pawling Resource Center. “I believe in giving back to the community,” he explains. “People come in here and spend money, and I try to give it back. They are one of my favorite charities. I think more businesses should support the Pawling Resource Center. I’m fortunate that I’m able to, because I feel like I owe this community.”
Downey’s generosity was well received at the Pawling Resource Center. “Joe is very supportive of us, and always has been,” says PRC Executive Director Terry Ariano. “He is certainly someone who is always considerate of the resource center. He’s always so busy, and yet he takes the time to think of us, and it’s so appreciated.” The money from the jeep sale will go toward the many programs that the Pawling Resource Center provides for the community, including their food pantry, medical supply lending initiative, and upcoming back to school backpack stuffing program.
In business since 1990, Downey Auto Repair moved from Patterson and found a new home in Pawling at 68 Colman Blvd. in 2004. In the years since, Joe Downey and his team have established themselves as fixtures of the community. “I like helping people more than fixing cars,” says Downey. “But fixing cars is how I help them. My employees and I feel good when we get a car running. And I try to give back to the community as best I can. You have to lend a helping hand.”