CarMax says philanthropy is important 'because when our communities thrive, so do we'

The year 2019 will be like any other for CarMax in terms of the company's commitment to community investment.

After years of recent giving back through its CarMax Foundation totaling more than $55 million, the company contributed more than 92,000 hours of service and completed upward of 1,600 events in fiscal year 2019, ending with at least $1.2 million in volunteer team builder grants being distributed.

“As a company, we are committed to driving what's possible for our customers, associates and our communities,” CarMax Public Relations manager Jennifer Bartusiak told Mega Dealer News. “We invest where we live and work because it’s the right thing to do and because when our communities thrive, so do we.

Bartusiak said many of the company’s philanthropic efforts are fine-tuned through a close-knit partnership with staffers.

“Our associates tell us that they’re dedicated to serving others and appreciate that CarMax not only provides volunteer opportunities but helps amplify their contributions to the causes they care about through matching gifts,” she said. “We are proud of the diverse organizations we support because they reflect the wide range of associates’ interests.”

During the past seven years, some of the programs the company has worked with include national nonprofit KaBOOM!, an organization “dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play” and a Week of Play celebration that includes a community event dedicated to military families and the concept of making play “more accessible to kids of veterans and active duty service members,” according to a press release.

Held every April during official Month of the Military Child month, this year’s celebration included working hand-in-hand with the city of San Antonio Parks and Recreation department to build a new community playground at Kennedy Park, home to a large concentration of military families.

The company also prides itself on honoring employees who go above and beyond through its CarMax Cares Community Service Award, which honor associates who “show outstanding personal commitment to volunteerism and inspire their coworkers to serve as well,” Bartusiak said.

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