NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas' Retail Operations has donated $500,000 to 40 local Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the U.S. to ensure they have access to reliable transportation during the coming winter months.
"Our Driving Great Futures partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America works to help solve one of the biggest challenges kids and families face: getting to and from the Clubs safely each day," Bridgestone Retail President Joe Venezia said.
"This year, dependable transportation has taken on a new meaning, as Clubs have continued serving communities during this challenging time by addressing food insecurity and supporting virtual learning needs. This donation ensures Clubs are armed with reliable, well-serviced vehicles that will allow them to do this important work through the tough winter months."
Bridgestone Retail has been supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America since 2015, and in April and September, Bridgestone donated $1.6 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's COVID-19 Relief Fund.
This latest donation pushes the company's support over six years to $13.9 million.
The contribution is the result of customer donations collected during the third quarter at Bridgestone's nationwide network of 2,200-plus tire and automotive service centers doing business as Firestone Complete Auto Care, Tires Plus, Hibdon Tires Plus and Wheel Works.
"The Driving Great Futures campaign has been critical for Clubs in need every year," Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, said. "Thank you to the network of Bridgestone stores and its customers for another successful campaign year. The funds raised will ensure thousands of kids and teens will get to and from the Club safely this winter season."