AutoTrader.com volunteers help others in every way imaginable and our efforts often leave a lasting impression on organizations and those they assist.
Customer Operations Manager Stefania Mack coordinated her department’s yearlong campaign to help the Child Development Association, a lottery-funded school for underprivileged children. During that time, several groups from Customer Operations visited the school, organized activities for the children, and worked on various renovation projects, including planting a garden, creating a school library, restoring the playground, and landscaping.
“We definitely left a little piece of us there,” says Stefania. “I felt like we were really doing something for the future of the children.”
Stefania remembers one little girl who exclaimed, “Oh my God, it’s paradise,” as the team attached new fence covers depicting cartoon characters. “Our greatest reward was the children’s reactions,” says Stefania. “We gave them something magical.”
Organizations that serve children tug at the heart of many AutoTrader.com volunteers, including Vice President Operational Services Carlton Hamer, who volunteers with his team at the Ronald McDonald House. He recalls being sick as a child and traveling to another city to receive treatment. “My parents didn’t have access to a place like the Ronald McDonald House,” he says. “It’s hard to be away from home in that situation, so for me it’s a special place.”
Carlton and his team help plan, prepare and serve dinner to families whose children are receiving treatment at a nearby hospital. They are, in fact, one of several AutoTrader.com teams each month that volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House throughout the year. “They support the families, play with the children and provide a nice evening,” says Cari Olsen, House Manager. “You can’t put a price on that – it’s invaluable.”
AutoTrader.com volunteers also participate year round with countless other organizations, including Senior Connections, The Salvation Army and the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB).
Janice Reece, ACFB Marketing and Projects Director, says her organization’s partnership with AutoTrader.com is seamless and collaborative. AutoTrader.com volunteers began working at the Product Rescue Center eight years ago, where today we still help sort the approximately 3 million pounds of donated food each year. Since then, our partnership has grown to include Community Gardens, Kids In Need, the Hunger Walk/Run and the Drive Away Hunger campaign.
“The employees at AutoTrader.com are creative, authentic and caring on all levels,” she says, “We have complementary values, which makes our partnership that much more collaborative.”