CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently owned collision repair facilities, is commending its team members and franchisee owners’ commitment to its communities in the face of a worldwide pandemic.
Efforts to date have totalled more than 1,000 pieces of medical supplies donated to hospitals, more than 1,000 lbs. of food donated to local shelters and hundreds of homemade masks made for team members.
The Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recognized the auto repair and maintenance industry as an essential service, per its "Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce" list in the U.S. Similarly, in Canada, provinces across the country have deemed this line of work as essential.
This means that CARSTAR’s more than 700 centers across the U.S. and Canada remain open and dedicated to their roles within their communities.
“Every day our team members, franchisees and those other crucial front line workers across industries make sacrifices to serve their larger communities through this COVID-19 epidemic,” said Michael Macaluso, paint, collision & glass group president, Driven Brands. “Not only have we pivoted our business to provide contactless options, but an overwhelming amount of our franchisees and team members have been going above and beyond to help those who need it most right now.”
Inspired by the organic generosity sprouting within the organization, CARSTAR has also committed to donating $10,000 to the Atrium Health Foundation in Charlotte, NC, and $10,000 to the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation in Hamilton, ON. This $20,000 donation is in honor of the CARSTAR facilities, and in the respective regions of the U.S. and Canadian CARSTAR head offices.
“This is about celebrating all of the compassion coming out of a time that has created unprecedented challenges for our world,” Macaluso said. “It is important in times like these to recognize all of the singular individuals, raising the collective disposition in communities across North America.”
Highlighted here are just a few examples of the generosity exhibited by the CARSTAR franchisee family, showing their commitment to their communities.
Thanking Health Care Workers
CARSTAR Hamlin in Rochester Hills, MI, was able to source as many N95 masks as they could, to donate to their local hospital. Beaumont Hospital in Troy, MI, is, like many other hospitals across the world, facing a shortage of these essential materials used to keep health care workers safe.
CARSTAR Wally’s owner, Sherri Slater, originally bought the dinosaurs for Halloween and has since dressed them up in Chicago Cubs T-shirts for playoffs. They have also worn Thanksgiving gear in October and celebrated the holiday season in December. Now, Wallysaurus Rex is supporting its local healthcare heroes and encouraging its community to do the same.