For 16 years, Bob Burnes, owner of 808 Automotive in Hubbard, Oregon has run his shop based on an overriding principle – treat his customers like he treats his own mother. “As a child raised by a single mom, I promised her that she would always have a working car, and I try to provide that promise of service to every customer I meet,” he says. “I always work with people to make sure they get exactly what they want, and nothing they don’t.”

That promise of keeping customers on the road has been somewhat tested by COVID-19. “Unfortunately, we are seeing less customers because more and more of them cannot afford to fix their cars,” says Burnes. “With people out of work, they’ve had to prioritize other bills.”

While he waits for business to pick up, Burnes is not just sitting idle. He is joining forces with Columbia Bank’s Pass It On Project to help some of those people repair their vehicles. That is why 808 Automotive is providing repair help to those in need and Columbia Bank is paying the bill. “We are passing it on to our local church in Woodburn, Oregon, who works with a small community center called Love Inc.,” he says. “They in turn send us people who need car repairs but don’t have the resources. We are donating the labor and Love Inc. pays for the parts. It’s a true win-win, thanks to Columbia Bank’s support.”