Established 2013

Mission ChangingGears provides affordable vehicles to people who are working their way out of poverty.


Serving Our Community ChangingGears uses car ownership to empower those committed to working their way out of poverty by offering a hand up, rather than a hand out. When our clients have access to affordable, private transportation, they’re able to find jobs that are not limited by the bus system’s routes and schedules; save time getting to work, dropping off kids to childcare, and accomplishing other daily tasks; and experience empowerment through earned ownership of their vehicle.

Vehicle Purchase Program
Donated cars are restored and sold to approved clients at half their market value, with a no-interest loan.

Vehicle Repair Program
While paying off their loans, clients have access to a discounted maintenance and repair program to keep their cars safe and reliable.


Joel Bokelman, President
Katie Frazier, Program Director
Matt Cunningham, Operations Director

Board of Directors
Tim Burgoyne
J.R. Foster
Betheny Herr
Austin Musser
Dan Pflaum
Brad Trauth

Other Ways to Help

  • Donate your car – We’ll take ANY car in ANY condition.
  • Volunteer to help in our shop – No experience needed.
  • Make a cash donation – It’s how we keep the shop running.
  • Spread the word – Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

1995 Central Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45214
(513) 357-2004



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