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Listening is behind everything we do at Ken Garff. And when we say “We Hear You,” we’re not just talking to the customers that come into our dealerships, we’re talking to our entire community. Giving back has been an integral part of this company, which is why we created the We’re Hear for You program.
In the spring of 2020, we realized that there was a huge opportunity for us to do even more. Many local businesses, families, and other organizations needed support to get through those uncertain times. Our dealerships and our corporate office got to work, purchasing items from those businesses and donating them to families, teachers, first responders, and more. But this was just the beginning of the We’re Hear for You program. Since then, we’ve kept the momentum going, working on multiple projects at a time, whether it’s revitalizing a community center, providing meals and household items for local families in need, buying supplies for teachers, and much more.
We’ve been busy helping people and organizations across the country. Here are a few of our recent projects.
Corporate employees teamed up with non-profit Fill the Pot Ministry to help people in need in the Salt Lake City area. The team brought their families on a Sunday morning to help prepare food, serve meals, and distribute clothing.
Our Long Beach Honda employees helped put on a Halloween Carnival for the city of Signal Hill. Employees were in charge of games, crafts and activities for everyone that participated. It was an awesome family event and it was great to support our local community and all of the families and kids that participated.
The teams at the Desert Stores put together 50 care packages for individuals undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the Luci Curci Cancer Center at the Eisenhower Medical Center. The baskets contained things like gift cards, blankets, and self-care supplies like oncology cream and lip balm.
The Riverdale stores paid for over 200 individuals to attend and have a meal at Black Island Farms. These were families from Hill Air Force Base that have family members deployed and children with disabilities. The employees also set up tables where families could pack boxes for their deployed family members and fill them with things to remind them of home, snacks and hygienic items. Kids could also pack a sensory bag with fidget toys and treats to take home with them. Lastly, the stores paid for the mailing for all the boxes and provided families with gift cards.
St. George Ford Lincoln and Mesquite Ford teamed up to help put on a community fundraiser event at the Santa Clara BMX track. The track provides a great experience for kids of all ages to be able to practice and race as well as provides heavy duty strollers to kids with disabilities to be able to participate in the racing as well. Employees helped plan, advertise and execute the entire fundraiser. At the event there were raffle prizes, donation buckets, shaved ice, cotton candy and of course racing! For the entire night they raised over $3.5K for the track and at the end surprised the owners with two new strollers for kids with disabilities. The owner was brought to tears and the night ended with three strollers and kids racing on the track.
Our Downtown Luxury dealership group purchased supplies for a Pet Parade at Project Access’s Resource Center. Project Access helps residents of Utah who are struggling to make ends meet still be able to get their needs met. A lot of residents are pet owners and our employees wanted to make sure the humans and pets were well taken care of. Employees packed pet kits for cats and dogs, filled with food, treats, toys and necessities. Each resident who stopped by brought their pet and picked up a kit as well as a gift card for a local restaurant. The humans and the pets were so excited to get a free gift and come together as a community.
Wasatch Behavioral Health/Vantage Point North provides a temporary home for youth ages 10-17 who need resources during difficult times. With a new location their space needed a makeover to feel homey. Our American Fork employees got working by shopping and planning the new space. Then they arrived at the space and decorated and filled the shelter. From bean bag chairs all the way to sensory items and games the space became a place that the kids could feel comfortable and safe.
Our employees from Lehi teamed up to give Holding Out Help a hand with a new home. Holding Out Help is a non-profit that provides resources to individuals transitioning out of polygamy. They recently bought a home for those individuals to live in and have a safe space during their major changes. The home needed a lot of love and our employees brought it! We completely remade their front and side yard from drying grass to xeriscapped rocks, plants and mulch. We also organized the kitchen, decorated the balcony and furnished the back patio. Overall, made it a beautiful and comfortable space.
The Ken Garff Orem dealerships teamed up to fund and run a fun community night at Encircle. Encircle is a home where LGBTQIA youths can go to hang out and be themselves. The home helps the youths access therapy and a community in a safe and comfortable place. To get these youths and their families to know more about Encircle and the resources it provides we rented food trucks and bought tie-dye supplies and paid for everyone to have some fun. The entire property was filled with people having fun and hanging out that night.
Our West Valley dealership employees gathered at Roots Charter High School early on a hot September day to give a hand to the staff and students at Roots. The school has a farm that the students can get fresh produce from and sell anything they don’t utilize at the school. This has become an important resource for the school as it provides something for the students to rely on and help with as well as benefit from. Our employees worked on two major projects at the farm, prepping the perennial flower field for winter and taking down a field of invasive scotch thistles that have caused major problems for the farm animals. At the end of the hot morning the stores sponsored and ate lunch with all the students and staff. Finally, they gifted a check to help provide resources to the Child Development Class.