Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale has selected Arizona’s Children Association as its second Arizona charity to receive a $5,000 donation this month as part of its D.R.I.V.E Initiative.
Last month the Scottsdale dealership re-introduced D.R.I.V.E, which stands for Donations for Recovery & Investment that are Very Essential, as a way to help Valley charities recover following the pandemic.
Many have been decimated following the economic downturn combined with critical fundraising canceled in the spring and fall, according to a press release.
In June the dealership made the campaign’s initial $5,000 donation to Fresh Start due to a rise in domestic violence that has been a tragic result of the pandemic.
The year-long campaign kicked off in June of this year focusing on supporting and highlighting local causes. The initiative is a continuation of Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale’s historic commitment to supporting organizations that improve our communities.
This month Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale says it selected Arizona’s Children Association because the non-profit is focused on helping with pandemic-specific issues for highly vulnerable children and that aligns with the purpose and goals of D.R.I.V.E., the press release stated.
“These are unprecedented times and Arizona’s Children Association is one of Arizona’s best resources for helping children and families. Their programs target the type of future we all want to see, a future where every child has a safe and loving home and families are supported through difficult and trying circumstances,” said co-owner Anita Theisen in a prepared statement.
In the past Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale has supported such causes as the Jones-Gordon School (which helps twice exceptional students), Scottsdale Fire Fighter’s Association, Homeward Bound, Arizona Science Center, HopeKids, Health Network Foundation, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Valley View Leadership.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale,” said Jacob Schmitt, president and CEO of the Association. “The children and families we serve have been personally hit hard during this pandemic, as many live on fixed incomes and face limited financial resources. This gift will go a long way to guarantee that our families have the resources available to ensure they have what they need to help weather this storm.”
In August a third charity will be announced with a $5,000 check to follow. The dealership is appealing to all its customers, friends and families to join them in donating each month to the selected organizations, the press release stated.
The dealership also welcomes suggestions for future donations from readers, customers and others that are consistent with the efforts of the year-long initiative.
Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale is located 4725 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.