Wrapping up the first year of their Drive to 100 partnership, Mazda’s Northeast Region and Baltimore-based non-profit Vehicles for Change (VFC) today announced the results of the program in 2016: 230 vehicles donated by Mazda dealers and their customers to Vehicles for Change, 37 vehicles awarded to families in need across the East Coast, and almost $4,000 raised for VFC through test drives and donations.
“We are very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with our partners and dealerships at Mazda,” said VFC President Marty Schwartz. “We have positively impacted the lives of 37 low-income families and we look forward to growing our partnership to serve more in 2017.”
Drive to 100 is a partnership between Mazda’s Northeast Region and VFC to award refurbished vehicles to families in need of personal transportation to gain or maintain employment. The awards took place at Mazda dealerships from Washington, D.C. to Massachusetts from April through December 2016.
“Our dealers’ generosity and their enthusiastic support of Drive to 100’s mission to provide reliable transportation to families in need made this program bigger and more impactful than we ever could have imagined,” said Mazda’s Northeast Region General Manager Brian Nash. “Giving back is at the core of what we do at Mazda, and we’re thrilled to be able to partner with VFC and our dealers to have such a tremendous impact on families across our region.”
Drive to 100’s second year kicks off this spring, with the first event scheduled for June in Baltimore. Like last year, awards will take place throughout the Northeast Region in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Upstate New York, and New York.
To further support VFC’s mission of helping low-income families become financially self- sufficient through access to transportation, for a limited time Mazda is offering $500 toward the purchase of a new Mazda at participating Mazda dealerships to anyone who donates a vehicle to VFC and brings their donation receipt to their Mazda dealership. Donations can be made directly to VFC or at the nearest participating Mazda dealership.
To find out more about the Drive to 100 partnership or to learn how to qualify for the program, visit www.vehiclesforchange.org. For families outside of the Northeast, visit www.workingcarsforworkingfamilies.org to find a program that serves your area.