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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.
There are countless ways to show appreciation for mothers on Mother’s Day. For the second year in a row, Utah employees gathered to support refugee mothers in their community. This special Mother’s Day event, partnered with the Utah Refugee Connection, provided refugee mothers gifts of appreciation to help them feel welcomed and loved in Utah. At the drive-through event, employees and their families passed out potted plants to mothers. Roots, a local high school, helped prepare for the event and planted individual flowers to pass out. At the end of the event, many plants were left, so employees started loading plants into trunks of cars as mothers smiled and talked about the gardens they could create with their plants. The community came together to support and show their love for mothers everywhere!
St. George Ford employees helped their community welcome summer with a two-part project. They replaced an old metal jungle gym with a new Lifetime Summer approved jungle gym. A team of seven employees spent the morning assembling the playground (and no reports of broken bones or significant injuries mean success)! Families in the community already love the new playset. Employees also removed the old carpet from two apartments and laid down LVP flooring, making it easier to clean and maintain. They laid down a subfloor to provide a level workspace and strengthen the current floor. They finished the rooms off with a durable rubber baseboard and a fresh coat of paint, and the apartments look brand new! Employees spent 4 days finishing this project and helping families feel more at home.
Our Orem dealership teams gathered and assembled necessity kits for Food & Care Coalition for their latest We’re Hear For You project! The teams first filled kits with home basics like dishes and cleaning supplies.
The next step of our Orem teams’ We’re Hear For You project was delivering the kits they assembled to the Food & Care Coalition, where the F&CC is building 72 transitional apartments for homeless individuals to live in. Thanks to these kits, there will be necessities all ready to go when the new tenants move into their apartments!
Our Orem employees were also able to tour and walk through the facility and learn about all of the incredible work the the Food & Care Coalition does. We appreciate their inspiring drive to meet people where they’re at and focus on compassion and accountability in our community! #WH4Y
Our Salt Lake imports group did a two-part project with Liberty Elementary School in Salt Lake for their latest We’re Hear For You project! First, employees assembled over 300 Spring Break bags for all of the kids at the school (including snacks, games, Fat Cats gift cards, fidget toys, and more).
Next, over 45 of our Salt Lake import dealership employees went to the school and gave the teachers and staff a much-needed break. While our employees held down the fort in the classrooms, cafeteria, front office, and recess, the teachers and staff were treated to Cafe Rio for lunch, cookies from Schmidt’s Bakery, and goody bags with a $100 gift card. We also hosted a raffle for the teachers and staff, giving away staycations, spa packages, car detailing packages, a tv, and more.
Our employees were so excited for the opportunity to show their appreciation for our community’s teachers who work so, so hard and do an amazing job! #WH4Y
Our two AF dealerships (Chevy and Ford) put together a paint party for Live Empowered, an adults with disabilities day program. Over 30 employees showed up to help the clients paint a fun spring picture. It was fun to interact with everyone give them the one on one attention they deserve.
We donated all of the supplies to paint, along with an art kit/surprise bag for all of their clients, as well as a thank you gift to all 16 of their staff, which included a gift card to go out to eat and the movies. We also donated a hydraulic stand-up patient lift and sling to help assist clients with various needs. Before purchasing this lift, staff was manually lifting everyone, so we hope this will LIFT a lot of burdens.
Our two west valley dealerships donated $10k to Catholic community services towards the refugee resettlement program. These funds went towards furnishings for apartment set ups for refugees.
We set up our first refugee apartment for an Afghan family of 5 with one disabled child. Employees helped pick all the items needed to furnish the apartment from the CCS share house, and then loaded the trucks and set up the apartment for the family’s arrival any day now. We are planning on doing this multiple times with CCS and we’re thrilled to be a part of it all! We recognize all that CCS has done for our refugee community, and we’re grateful to have a small part in it.
Porsche/Audi Lehi & Jaguar Land Rover Lehi assembled 52 bags for aging seniors who are homebound and are recipients of the meals on wheels program. Over the course of two days, teams delivered their scheduled meals as well as a basket filled with goodies. The baskets included a blanket, water bottle, stationary, stamps, disinfectant wipes, lotion, candy, word puzzles and others. Seniors were so delighted to be surprised with such thoughtfulness and it was a great opportunity for our employees to share some kindness this way.
Our three Riverdale stores teamed up with Reach Out Today and Ogden School district to host a shop a thon event for elementary and junior high students at Kohls in Layton. Employees from Ken Garff personally took over 80 children shopping at Kohls prior to it being open to the public to get them new clothes, shoes, and other necessities. At the end of the event, they left with a Ken Garff Beanie and Chick Fil A breakfast. Employees said it was a touching experience to be able to help these kids pick out items and they had so much fun getting to know them for a brief time. It was a great event enjoyed by all. We’re grateful for Reach Out Today for working with the Ogden School district to help school counselors identify the needs so we could step in and help. Special thanks to Kohls in Layton, as well as Chick-Fil-A Layton for making the experience incredible!
Our Lehi teams purchased and assembled 20 welcome kits for incoming Afghan refugee families. These kits included everything from pots and pans, to a vacuum, cleaning supplies, and hygiene items. The employees assembled the kits and they were donated to Catholic Community Services and International Rescue Committee who are the forefront of helping incoming families to Utah.
Our American Fork Teams painted three murals on the walls of the Dan Peterson School in American Fork. The Dan Peterson school is a special school for children with disabilities. 50% of the students are in wheelchairs, and the disabilities are on the severe side. There is a high ratio of teachers to students so that every child can have the attention they need and deserve to excel. The school interior has a dark brick, and so with the request of the principal and staff they’ve requested that our employees paint a mural to help warm up and brighten the space for everyone at this school. We feel honored to be able to give back to this school as well because of the hardship they’ve faced. They recently lost their beloved principal to covid last year, so we feel like this small service project will help brighten both the staff and students. With the help of a hired mural artist, employees prepped, primed, sketched and painted the murals themselves.