The winter holidays can hold some powerful memories for us: snow, family gatherings, shared meals, and maybe even an extra special childhood toy. But for some, the winter months and holidays can be a struggle. In Chittenden County and the greater Burlington area, the local YMCA works to fill the gap for a lot of local families who may be having a tough time making ends meet. But the YMCA resources can only go so far.
When Jess Lukas, Aquatic Director of the Greater Burlington YMCA approached the H-Team about being a business who might offer some support, we were thrilled to help out. In the past few years, we’ve been able to grow our internal efforts. Now, in both our Heritage Ford store and our Heritage Toyota store, we place a large truck in the showroom with a holiday tree. Each ornament on the tree is a gift tag that’s been filled out with an item that’s been wished for by a family member at the YMCA. As the tags are plucked from the tree and the items shopped for and returned, the trucks fill up with dozens and dozens of gifts and good wishes. It’s a wonderful sight.
We’re proud that, over the years, we have been able to help serve so many families, and ensure their holidays were a little brighter than they may have been otherwise. We all know that being able to help others in a time of need can feel great, but when our whole H-Team community pulls together to achieve a common goal, it is a different level of great. It’s what brings us together and it’s what drives us.
Check out the photos from the cheer drive below!
H-Team in the Community Projects
Boys & Girls Club of Burlington
What does it mean to build a strong community? The H-Team knows it starts with healthy opportunities for kids. That’s why we are so proud to partner with The Boys and Girls Club of Burlington. Since 2008, we’ve supported the club and its educational initiatives for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club.
Heritage Night at the Ballpark
Members of the H‐Team—employees of Heritage Automotive Group—attended the game at Centennial Field and handed out 25th anniversary edition hats to 750 people, celebrating the 25 years the Vermont Lake Monsters have been a part of our community.
More Love Pet Event
As always, our goal with this annual event is to help create awareness for the pet rescues and animal shelters of Chittenden County and beyond. It’s a bonus that some of the agencies were set up to finalize on-the-spot adoptions so that our event-goers could take their new friends home the same day!
Car Wash Fundraiser
On Friday, May 18th 2018, Heritage Automotive Group hosted a fundraising car wash to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington. Members of the H‐Team worked side‐by‐side with the kids and staff of the Club to raise funds for the many programs that the Club offers.
Every year, H-Team employees collect canned goods and non-perishables in our showroom to be donated to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Last year, Heritage Ford and Heritage Toyota donated 925 pounds of nonperishable food items. The company matched with a total of 925 pounds of turkey donated.
Heritage Ford partnered with JDRF to walk together to help raise money and awareness to battle type 1 diabetes. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.
H-Team Summer Party
Every year, The Heritage Automotive Group hosts a party for all employees and their families. This is a celebration of all the hard work that everyone in the company does throughout the year. This event includes catering, music, and great raffle prizes.
Mt. Abe Safety Fair
In May of 2017, Mount Abraham Union High School invited Heritage Toyota to be a part of their full-day safety fair. In meeting parents, school administrators, first responder personnel, and state safety experts, we began to realize we could help foster a conversation about safety in our communities.