Vickar Community Chevrolet prides itself on being the store where customers send their friends. In a similar vein, Winnipeg’s Filipino community has few better friends than the Vickar Family and the Vickar Auto Group.
Eight years ago, the Vickar Auto Group partnered with the Transcona Rotary Club and the ANCOP Foundation to build the Vickar Transcona Rotary Village in the Philippines for underprivileged Filipinos. The CFC ANCOP Foundation USA is a Christian-based organization founded by Couples for Christ which helps the very poor in the Philippines and other countries by providing support to select organizations that work with the needy.
Larry and Tova Vickar and the Vickar Auto Group are now partnering with CFC ANCOP Foundation to build a second such village in the Phillipines. This past January, Larry and Tova Vickar, Stephen and Marie Vickar and four Vickar Auto Group staff members spent two weeks in the Phillipines during which time they visited the original village – consisting of 40 homes on Caminguin Island in the southern Phillipines - and looked in on progress at the new village – to be called the Tova Vickar CFC ANCOP Winnipeg Village in Baliwag in Bulacan Province.
“It was a wonderful experience,” says Stephen Vickar who is president of Vickar Auto Group stores Vickar Ford, Vickar Mitsubishi and Vickar Nissan. “The Phillipines is a beautiful country and the people were all warm and welcoming.”
The Tova Vickar CFC ANCOP Winnipeg Village consists of up to 90 units. ”We saw where the families lived before moving into their new homes,” Stephen Vickar says. “That was a real eye-opener. It is quite a difference with what they have now. Their new homes give them hope for the future.”
The first 10-12 homes are scheduled to be completed by the end of April.
The Vickar Auto Group has a large number of employees with family in the Phillipines. On the last night of the Vickar group’s stay in the Phillipines, the Vickar Family hosted a dinner for almost 100 of those relatives in the Phillipines.