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Outsourcing your fleet? Now, that's a good question . . .

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 11, 2019 11:08:09 AM

Making informed decisions often requires one to ask the right questions. If you are reading this, you are likely already asking yourself this important question: Would it make sense to outsource the management of my fleet?

Here’s the short answer: Enlisting a professional fleet management organization that has an advanced analytical toolkit, close relationships with each auto manufacturer and years of experience can reduce costs in a great many areas, while also allowing your organization to focus on your own core business. However, before deciding whether partnering with a professional fleet manager is the right move for your Community, there are a few more details to consider, and Caritas would like to smooth the decision-making process by asking a few questions of our own...

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations

Pocket Protectors: Understanding Life-Cycle Cost

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 9, 2019 3:32:17 PM

To help kick-off 2019, Caritas Vehicles Services is pleased to introduce a new series of articles called, “Pocket Protectors." This series will highlight the many ways we help clients to reduce the overall cost of operating their vehicle fleets. Our first article covers one of the key metrics for determining the actual cost to operate each vehicle in a fleet, which is referred to as a vehicle's  total  life-cycle cost. 

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Topics: Lowering Fleet Costs, Fleet Considerations, Fleet Discounts

Our Mission Is To Serve: Meet Brad!

Posted by Kyle Forbush on Jan 8, 2019 3:02:21 PM

Caritas Vehicle Services is proud to introduce our newest blog series, "Our Mission Is To Serve"! Named for our mission statement, this series will provide personal profiles of the unique individuals that keep the Caritas vision alive with hard-work and dedication to the task of serving those who serve the community (religious communities and Congregations of Sisters). 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

5 Great Tips for a Safe & Happy 4th of July!!

Posted by Jody Johnson on Jul 1, 2016 2:01:08 PM

The 4th of July is one of the most celebrated holidays of the year; to travel, get together with family and friends, and enjoy the many fun festivals throughout the holiday weekend.

Unfortunately though, according to The National Safety Council, the 4th of July also has the highest number of vehicle accidents of any other holiday throughout the year. 

 

5 great tips from the NHTSA to help us all have a safe and happy 4th of July: 

1.  Plan a safe way home before the fun begins by designating a sober driver

2.  If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you                are sure to get home safely

3.  If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local law enforcement

4.  If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make                other arrangements to get to where they are going safely

5.  And remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving 

To read more safety and vehicle accident information related to the 4th of July holiday weekend, click on U.S. Department of Transportation, and please all be safe.

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Franciscan Federation 2016 Annual Conference

Posted by Jody Johnson on Jun 24, 2016 3:54:02 PM

The Franciscan Federation 2016 Annual Conference was held in Milwaukee, WI this past weekend, June 17-20.  And this year they're celebrating their 50 year Anniversary.

The Franciscan Federation's Mission is to "promote the exploration and study of Franciscan Evangelical Life and its implications for these ties and for the world."

"The Federation provides national and regional opportunities to collaborate, gather and celebrate so that brothers and sisters can better live the Third Order Regular call to conversion, contemplation, poverty and humility."

During the four day conference, we met many wonderful Franciscan members who are doing absolutely amazing work throughout the world, to help those in need to have a better life and an ongoing closer relationship to God, as this year's conference theme of "God's Love and Mercy, it is the Franciscan Federation's desire to bring God's love and mercy to all."

Caritas Vehicle Services, Director of Development/Operations,  Jerry Condon explains to one of the attendees of the conference, Caritas Vehicle Services supportive relationship of CARITAS For Children, a non-profit child sponsorship organization.   

 

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Remembering the True Meaning of Memorial Day

Posted by Jody Johnson on May 27, 2016 4:05:39 PM

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As I was reading an article from the website UsMemorialDay.org, I realized that over the past few years, with life having become busier, and spring bringing warmer weather with lots of fun plans, I had become distracted from acknowledging the full meaning of Memorial Day. 

In reading this article, I was deeply moved and reminded just how important it is for us all to always remember the true meaning of this incredibly special day, remembering that Memorial Day is a day of recognition, honor and everlasting gratitude for the more than 1 million American service men and women who sacrificed their lives, to protect all of ours and the freedoms that we enjoy every day.

I am so thankful for the invaluable reminder this article has given to me, that I want to share it with all of you... please click on this link Let Every American Remember and help pass this important reminder on.

 

 

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The History of Earth Day . . .

Posted by Brad Forbush on Apr 22, 2016 5:05:07 PM

The following is an excerpt from earthday.org website:

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Topics: Driving Green

How to Renew Your Vehicle Fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Feb 15, 2016 2:03:43 PM

Great Idea #6 - from RCRI Workshop

"Sustainablity and Transportation?"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top   Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is not having  the budget to replace all of their old, high-mileage vehicles. This is a  growing problem that requires a creative financial solution. The  following Case Study highlights how one Community devised a  workable  solution for "renewing" their vehicle fleet. 

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

How To Improve Fuel Economy in Winter Weather

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 28, 2015 4:03:31 PM

Are you aware that driving in cold, winter weather conditions can significantly reduce your vehicle's fuel economy by as much as 30%?  Who knew? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cold air has a chilly effect on a vehicle's mpg, which can drive up the cost of operating a fleet during the winter months. The good news is these costs can be contained by following a few simple tips. To learn why your fuel economy is lower in the winter, and what drivers can do to improve fuel economy in cold weather, read the U.S. Dep't if Energy's tips here.

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Topics: Remarketing, Fleet Considerations

How to Manage The Lifecycle Cost of Your Fleet

Posted by Brad Forbush on Dec 22, 2015 1:13:47 PM

Great Idea #5 - from RCRI Workshop

"Three Ways To Manage Lifecycle Cost"

 According to our national survey of RCRI members, one of the Top 5 Challenges in managing Religious Communities' vehicles is not knowing how to calculate the Lifecycle Cost of a vehicle and how this information can help identify ways to reduce the operating cost of your fleet.  Our panel of guest speakers offered several Best Practices to consider. Let's take a look . . .

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Topics: Fleet Considerations

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