Rairdon’s Back to School Drive Fosters Hope

July 11th, 2019 by

Rairdon’s Back to School Drive Fosters Hope

Rairdon’s family of dealerships was looking for the answer to one question: How can we give our underserved students a helpful push toward the finish line? Here’s what we came up with (we think you’re going to like it).

Rairdon’s Back-to-School Drive is July 15th

Education, the tools for school, and a brighter future–all of these are deeply connected to one another…

So Rairdon is making sure that the three of them stay connected with a big back-to-school drive July 15th – August 15th.

This important drive is part of a partnership with Hopelink, a local Seattle organization that works to combat poverty (we love them).

Here’s how it works:

From July 15th to August 15th, for every new or used car sold, Rairdon will be providing a back-to-school kit to local Washington-area students living below the poverty line.

Rairdon’s Culture of Care

Rairdon’s back-to-school drive is part of a larger Culture of Care platform.

The company’s Culture of Care is centered on being a positive force for the local community through philanthropy, giveaways, and other important outreach efforts.

What’s Inside the Back to School Kit

The back-to-school kit will include 3-ring binders, scientific calculators, composition notebooks, divider tabs, graph paper, headphones, highlighters, index cards, pencil boxes/pouches, sharpies/dry erase markers, USB flash drives, and multi-colored backpacks. Basically, everything a student would need to be prepared for school each day.

List of Participating Rairdon Dealerships

13 total Rairdon dealerships will be participating in the back-to-school drive. These include:

  • Honda of Sumner

  • Honda of Burien

  • Honda of Marysville

  • Nissan of Auburn

  • Subaru of Auburn

  • Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Kirkland

  • Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Monroe

  • Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Marysville

  • Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Bellingham

  • Hyundai Bellingham

  • Maserati of Kirkland

  • FIAT of Kirkland

  • Alfa Romeo of Kirkland

More About Hopelink

We really can’t overstate Hopelink’s importance to our local Seattle area.

The organization’s programs include food assistance, financial services, housing, adult education, transportation, family development, employment services and more.

To date, Hopelink has provided

  • 2,000,000+ meals to those in need

  • Housing services for 137 total families

  • Nearly $3.5 million in distributed energy assistance

Perhaps most importantly is how 92% of Hopelink families have been able to establish or maintain stable housing after organizational assistance.

Philanthropy Quick Facts

  • Did you know? The word philanthropy comes from the Greek philanthropia, which means kindliness, humanity, benevolence, and love to mankind.

  • Philanthropy isn’t just for mega-donors like Bezos and Bill. Small donations, added up, can do extraordinary things for those in need.

  • One third of all charitable giving occurs in December (Seattle Times)

  • For the 2018 Holiday season, Rairdon partnered with Seattle Children’s Hospital for a toy drive. It resulted in 2,000 toys raised (and delivered) from our dealerships to the hospital.

  • Seattle is home to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, an organization that has a huge impact when it comes to improving global health

  • Amazon’s Jeff Bezos recently launched a major philanthropic effort that consisted of investing $2 billion in housing and preschool education

  • Major nonprofits in Seattle include Jubilee Women’s Center, Open Adoption & Family Services, Bread of Life Mission, Ronald McDonald House Charities Western Washington & Alaska, Art With a Heart, and Hopelink

  • In past years, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife pledged to give away 99% of their Facebook shares to charity (Seattle Times)

  • San Diego, Houston, St. Louis, Tampa/ St. Petersberg, and Dallas were the highest rated charitable communities in the U.S. (as of 2017)

  • New York City has 967 large charities (as of 2017)

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