NEW YORK February 06, 2018
CarMax is committed to supporting veterans who are making an impact in their communities through a renewed two-year commitment to veterans nonprofit The Mission Continues. Since 2016, CarMax has been empowering veterans through The Mission Continues as they address pressing local issues and make meaningful social change.
The renewed 2018 partnership kicked off with a service project at Houstonâ€™s Roderick Paige Elementary School in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. CarMax, The Mission Continues, and the Greater Houston American Red Cross joined forces as more than 200 volunteers refurbished the schoolâ€™s grounds and assembled 3,000 â€œdisaster kitsâ€� to replenish the kits used during Hurricane Harvey. The project was part of The Mission Continuesâ€™ national MLK Day of Service campaign and CarMaxâ€™s Houston Strong initiative, dedicated to recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
“We're proud to renew and expand upon our valued partnership with CarMax,” said Spencer Kympton, president of The Mission Continues. â€œTogether we have an opportunity to provide increased support for our nation's veterans in their commitment to continued service and as leaders of community change.â€�
CarMaxâ€™s Houston Strong contributions to The Mission Continues include its renewed lead sponsorship of the Houston 3rd Service Platoon and the donation of a cargo van to support all five local platoonsâ€™ volunteer efforts. CarMaxâ€™s investment aids the platoonâ€™s mission to improve the quality of youth education within the KIPP Houston Public School system. In September 2018, CarMax will be recognized as the Silver Sponsor for The Mission Continuesâ€™ Platoon Leadership Summit in Houston. The summit is an opportunity for platoon leadership to learn new skills, contributing to their personal growth and ability to deliver maximum platoon impact.
The national partnership with CarMax extends beyond Houston with their investment to The Mission Continuesâ€™ 2018 Mass Deployment, Operation Watts Is Worth It in Los Angeles. In June 2018 up to 80 veterans will deploy to Los Angeles for an intensive weeklong service project within the Watts community. CarMax and its employee volunteers have committed to two days of service through a Platinum Sponsorship of the event. This marks the second consecutive year for CarMaxâ€™s sponsorship of a Mass Deployment project.
â€œCarMax is committed to providing community support and career opportunities to our military service members, veterans and their families,â€� said Leslie Parpart, director of community relations at CarMax. â€œAs a partner of The Mission Continues, CarMax associates have volunteered side-by-side with veterans in Houston, Denver, and Richmond, and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in the next two years.â€�
The partnership between CarMax and The Mission Continues is an ongoing effort founded in the shared appreciation for American veterans. In serving with The Mission Continues, veterans participate in a variety of community-based programs, leading to an increase in personal growth and connectedness to each other and the greater community.
To learn more about The Mission Continuesâ€™ programs and opportunities to get involved visit http://www.missioncontinues.org.
About The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues is a national nonprofit organization that empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. Our operations in cities across the country deploy veteran volunteers alongside non-profit partners and community leaders to solve some of the most challenging issues facing our communities: improving community education resources, eliminating food deserts, mentoring at-risk youth and more. Through this unique model, veterans build new skills and networks that help them successfully reintegrate to life after the military while making long-term, sustainable transformations in communities and inspiring future generations to serve. To learn more, visit http://www.missioncontinues.org or follow us on Twitter at @missioncontinue.
CarMax is the nationâ€™s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 180 stores in 39 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, weâ€™ll buy your car even if you donâ€™t buy oursÂ®. CarMax has more than 24,000 associates nationwide and for 13 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work ForÂ®. During the 12 months ending February 28, 2017, the company retailed 671,294 used cars and sold 391,686 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at http://www.carmax.com.