Thanks to you, an unprecedented $1.4 million was raised for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) during Firestone Complete Auto Care's third annual Driving Great Futures campaign. Over the course of this three-year partnership, $3.8 million has been donated to help provide a safe, productive place for kids and teens during critical out-of-school hours.
“I’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of this promotion, especially our loyal customers for their generous support and our store teammates for leading the charge,” said Joe Venezia, President, Bridgestone Retail Operations. “A high-quality Club experience, combined with regular attendance, drives positive youth outcomes such as graduating on time, volunteering in the community, being physically active and abstaining from risky behaviors. Through BGCA, we can truly help to drive great futures in the local neighborhoods where we live, work and do business.”
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"The funds raised truly impact our Clubs and the lives of the children and teens we serve,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We appreciate all of the work Bridgestone Retail Operations has done to contribute to children and teens across the country.”
Your donations are already hard at work across the country. At the close of Driving Great Futures, 60 different BGCA Clubs received grants of $10,000 to enhance the lives of youths and teens. These grants were used to help increase Club membership, provide additional transportation, host internships, camps and workshops and enhance the Clubs’ appearance and supplies. Watch the video below to see your donations in action and then read more about their impact at local clubs!
Blackhawk Boys & Girls Club of Rockford, IL
Your support made it possible for the Boys & Girls Club of Rockford to expand its operating hours into the evenings and on weekends, install security cameras, buy new supplies, and partner with local community groups to build healthy relationships between youth and law enforcement. More underserved Rockford students than ever before are receiving the support they need to reach their full potential.
Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club of Savannah, GA
The Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club of Savannah rebranded is Teen Center and upgraded its technology to better provide an environment that educates and inspires. Local teens now have access to modern-day technology they may not have access to at home. Because of your support, the Club can continue to be a positive, life-changing resource for kids and teens in the Savannah community.
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oklahoma
The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Oklahoma put their grant to work right away by expanding programming to include art workshops and field trips. These new opportunities make it possible for kids and teens in the greater Oklahoma area to engage with new environments, try new foods from different cultures, and expand their understanding and appreciation for the world!
At Firestone Complete Auto Care, we're committed to serving our local neighborhoods by doing more than providing trusted tire and automotive services. Driving Great Futures is just one of many ways we're impacting the lives of youth and teens nationwide. Stop by your nearest location to experience the Firestone difference today!
Learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of America at bgca.org.