6 Ways Mercedes-Benz Dealers Give Back
Your local Mercedes-Benz dealership does much more than just sell quality luxury vehicles. It is also committed to giving back to the communities in which it operates.
Mercedes-Benz has been in business for more than 125 years, and in order to express gratitude for that accomplishment it is part of the company’s mission to be active in the community and do some good.
MBUSA includes more than 1,500 employees and 373 dealers throughout the U.S. Each dealership is often involved in several charities.
Here are a few of the best examples of how Mercedes-Benz Dealerships around the U.S. are getting involved to make their communities a better place.
1. Mercedes-Benz of Tampa – Tampa, Florida
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has the highest rate of unemployment among any diagnosed disability group — some estimating that is is as high as 80 percent. In the United States an estimated 500,000 teens and young adults with autism are expected to enter adulthood within the next decade and viable employment options are crucial for these individuals, along with the many adults with autism already seeking employment.
Frank Cuteri, the general manager of Mercedes-Benz of Tampa decided to try and help individuals in his own community by staffing the dealership’s coffee bar entirely with people diagnosed with Autism.
Artistas Cafe located inside the dealership is there to offer coffee, drinks and snacks to customers as they wait to have their vehicle serviced or visiting the dealership to buy a car.
“I began to see what the possibilities were and the extraordinary talents that they bring to the table,” Cuteri said in a video about the cafe. “I thought to myself, there has to be a win for both of us.”
Mercedes-Benz of Tampa is the first dealership in the U.S. that has been recognized as Autism Friendly by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida.
2. Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands – The Woodlands, Texas
Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, one of the newest certified Mercedes-Benz dealerships in Texas celebrated its opening in 2015 by donating its full July net profits to charity, including the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund and the Texas Children’s Hospital.
Previously that year, the dealership pledged nearly $200,000 to the same two organizations, as well as the Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival and the Interfaith of The Woodlands. Additionally, dealership employees donated food, toiletries, and other items to Interfaith of The Woodlands’ food pantry.
3. Mercedes-Benz of Mount Pleasant and Baker Motor Company of Charleston – Charleston, South Carolina
The Mercedes-Benz Dealer Board established a scholarship fund for the families impacted by the shooting deaths of bible study participants at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Dealers around the nation donated $100,000 to the fund.
Following the shooting, Tommy Baker, the owner and president of Baker Motor Company, which owns the local Mercedes-Benz dealership, wrote a letter to the Dealers Board and asked if there was something they could do to help the community.
“We all know that Charleston has shown the United States and the rest of the world we are a united community with no racial divide,” Baker wrote in the letter. “We should honor this spirit of compassion and community with a substantial donation.”
A portion of the scholarship fund came from a national Dealer Action Fund set aside for charities, while Baker donated the remainder.
4. Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mercedes-Benz of Baton Rouge co-founded its own charity to help improve the quality of education for children across the state. Dream Teachers is a nonprofit organization that recognizes excellent educators by rewarding their efforts. It’s mission is to inspire excellence in education, enhance performance, and recognize and reward amazing teachers in Louisiana.
Each year Dream Teachers recognizes the state’s best educators at its annual Educator Excellence Symposium and Celebration. Since 2007 the organization has awarded Louisiana’s top teachers and principals with more than $1.5 million in grants, corporate sponsorships, personal contributions and in-kind gifts.
5. Mercedes-Benz dealers around the U.S
Mercedes-Benz has supported professional and amateur sports for decades. Since 2012, Mercedes-Benz has dedicated millions of dollars to Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The foundation aims to strengthen sport activities and programs that promote good health and positive social and educational outcomes.
Money raised goes to fund coaches and programs in many underserved communities. In 2015, Mercedes-Benz USA gave $10.5 million to Laureus in order to expand in-school and after school programs. These programs help promote physical activity among youth. The grant will impact 125,000 children each year over three years.
6. Mercedes-Benz dealers of of Philadelphia and Washington, DC areas
For about 20, years Mercedes-Benz has supported the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in its efforts to raise money for research.
Mercedes dealers in Philadelphia and Washington, DC have donated vehicles outright for raffle to their respective Leukemia Societies. Each year during the Leukemia Ball gala in Washington, DC and the Red & White Ball in Philadelphia, tickets are sold for a chance to win new Mercedes-Benz vehicles donated by the dealerships. Since the vehicles are donated, the nonprofit groups keep 100% of the raffle earnings. Each raffle has been the key to raising millions for blood cancer research.