As part of its efforts to give back to the community, each year BAPS Auto Paints & Supply selects a charity to support through various fundraising efforts, whether those efforts involve running a raffle, collecting items to donate to the charity, participating in an annual walking event, or just contributing monetary donations directly to the charity. For 2017, BAPS chose to support America’s Vet Dogs, an organization that provides therapy and service dogs to veterans and current military members as well as to first responders.
BAPS, which is headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, but which operates stores in Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, set a fundraising goal of $2,000 for 2017. To maximize fundraising efforts, the team chose to operate several events and campaigns. These included:
- Company-wide dress-down days, where employees were permitted to dress down for a donation
- A bucket of supplies, raffled off at the Worcester store
- Opportunities for employee contributions
- BAPS Night at Lincoln, where BAPS raffled off a Brent Marks helmet and two Brent Marks sprint car wings. Lincoln Speedway contributed 50% of the sales from their 50/50 that night to the BAPS 2017 charity
BAPS also invited customers of all sizes to donate cash in-store at all locations. By working together as a company with their valued customers, BAPS raised a total of $3,035.98 to support America’s Vet Dogs–more than $1,000 over the 2017 goal. Every little bit counts for the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which relies on contributions to fund its mission to serve those with disabilities. After all, It costs over $50,000 to breed, raise, train, and place one assistance dog, but America’s Vet Dogs provides its services free of charge to the individuals it serves.
America’s Vet Dogs teams incoming participants with the dog that best fits them. Not only are the dogs placed into good homes this way, but the dogs help provide independence, enhanced mobility, and companionship with veterans with disabilities from all eras. BAPS is proud to partner with an organization that so strongly impacts the lives veterans and first responders.
BAPS Auto Paints & Supply is a family-owned and faith-based company whose mission is to provide customer service to the coatings industry through integrity, knowledge, and quality of products, while supporting the community and developing its employees to their greatest potential. With seven store locations, BAPS is a trusted source for the auto body repair industry that offers legendary service and quality products throughout the mid-Atlantic region.