CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Driven Brands Inc. is engaging its various automotive service business franchise networks to help raise funds for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief through the American Red Cross.
Franchisees, employees, vendor partners and customers can visit the Driven Brands Charitable Foundation (DBCF) site or any of the participating brand websites to donate. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross relief efforts in both regions.
Driven Brands' participating entities include CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, Maaco, Meineke Car Care Centers, Take 5 Oil Change, Havoline Express Lube and 1-800 Radiator & AC.
"Hurricane Harvey continues to have a devastating impact on Texas and Louisiana, while we are just seeing the impact on Florida," said Noah Pollack, executive vice president and general counsel for Driven Brands.
"Our thoughts are with our franchisees, their staffs and families in the storm zones and the millions of people whose lives have been disrupted by rain, wind and floods and who are now facing a lengthy clean-up and restoration."
Driven Brands has more than 50 locations in the Houston area — including 20-plus Meineke stores — most of which suffered only minimal damage during Hurricane Harvey and are open for business.
In Florida, there are some 160 locations, including more than 40 Meineke stores.
The DBRF raised more than $650,000 in 2016 and its fundraising efforts have now surpassed more than $1.5 million since it was established in 2012, Driven Brands said.