About

SAL Auto

What is SAL Auto?

SAL Auto is a full-service auto repair and maintenance facility where the general public can have their vehicles serviced. The proceeds earned from everyday repair and maintenance jobs directly fund auto repairs needed by low-income single parents who are either working, enrolled in job training programs, and/or attending school in order to further their education and secure employment. These single parents rely heavily on their vehicles to transport themselves to work and/or school and their children to school, childcare, healthcare visits, and other supportive services. When a single parent is already living paycheck-to-paycheck the cost of critical automotive repair can be the tipping point that sends a family into a downward spiral. SAL Auto was established to help make sure that doesn’t happen.

Serve A Little

What is Serve A Little (SAL)?

Established as a non-profit organization in 2009, Serve A Little (SAL) provides a connection point between those in need in the community, and those who have the resources to help.

SAL’s primary focus has been working with single parents of Sonoma County and spouses of those deployed elsewhere in the armed forces; the majority being single mothers. Traditionally, the volunteer base of SAL has assisted with basic household maintenance, yard/garden care, and automotive repair (75% of the overall SAL requests). Since its inception, SAL has helped more than 300 families. Because we have seen that the greatest need of single parents in Sonoma County is automotive repair, SAL established SAL Auto.

Who is SAL Auto?

Bill Paterson

Bill Paterson

Head Mechanic

Bill Paterson has been in the auto repair business in Sonoma County for 32 years performing repairs and maintenance services on foreign and domestic vehicles. He is on the Board of Directors of the local chapter of the Automotive Service Council of California (ASCCA). Bill started studying auto repair when he was 16 years old so he could help repair his single mom’s car. Because he grew up in a single mom’s household and his wife was previously a single mom, he knows what a challenge it can be to keep a vehicle running after paying all of the other bills. Bill has been volunteering his time with SAL for the last five years helping single moms with their car repairs and excited to be SAL Auto’s head mechanic.

Matthew Nalywaiko

Matthew Nalywaiko

Founder

After years of serving around the globe in many different places over the last decade, Matthew Nalywaiko, Founder and Executive Director of Serve A Little, found that there are people in need in every community, and others who are equipped to meet those needs. The concept of SAL was born out of a desire to support each other in real, tangible ways. The goal is to get people back into their communities, serving the people around them, serving their neighbors. Matthew has received recognition for his work in the community and abroad as SAL is also involved with building schools in Haiti. In 2013, Matthew was one of 10 individuals honored at the annual Real Heroes Breakfast, put on by the American Red Cross of Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties.

Amanda Nalywaiko

Amanda Nalywaiko

Office Manager

Amanda Nalywaiko is a Social Worker who has dedicated the last five years to serving low-income individuals and families in Sonoma County through her roles as a YWCA Community Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence, Eligibility Worker, Social Worker for the Aged and/or Disabled, Case Manager, and Volunteer with Serve A Little. She earned both her Bachelors of Social Work and her Masters of Social Work from California State University, Chico. Prior to entering the field of Social Work, Amanda worked as a bookkeeper in the automotive repair and maintenance industry. Amanda’s professional skills and education are coupled with her firsthand experience of being raised by a low-income single mother.