Tulsa nonprofits get CNG donations

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Reported by: Ron Terrell
Updated: 7/18/2013 6:53 pm Published: 7/18/2013 3:30 pm

As gas prices rise across Green Country, one company is doing something to help Tulsa-area nonprofits pay for gas.

Apache Conversion has donated compressed natural gas vehicle conversions to six non-profits: Community Action Project, Family and Children's Service, The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, Gatesway Foundation, Tulsa Boys' Home and the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat will be using its conversion kit for its 're-store truck,' which it uses to move large donations.

"We do donation pickups from homes and from corporations... So our re-store truck is integral in being able to supply materials and inventory for our restore," said Paul Kent, with Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat estimates it uses about 350 gallons of gasoline per month. Looking at current prices, that costs about $1,200 a month; CNG costs about $500 per month.

Those savings can help a nonprofit group.

FOX23 spoke with Tina Wells, from Family and Children's Services. She said their mobile crisis team went out 260 times last year.

"It's thousands of miles per year... At $3.49 a gallon for fuel vs $1.49, $1.59 for CNG. We'll take the latter," said Wells.

In addition to the conversion kits, each organization is also getting a year's supply of CNG.

Apache Central Region VP Rob Johnston told FOX23 they'd reached out to 80 organizations, but only a handful had vehicles that could be converted.

"We've been in Oklahoma for almost 60 years now. We have almost 400 families in Oklahoma. In any way that we can help in the community is a plus for us," said Johnston.

The cities of Tulsa and Broken Arrow will also receive free conversion kits.

The vehicles are scheduled to be converted within the next few weeks.

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