AUBURN, Maine — VIP Tires & Service donated $20,720 to five school districts in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts recently as part of the dealership's "Oil Changes for Education" initiative.
The VIP Tires program offers consumers $10 oil changes with 100% of the proceeds going to the local school systems, which are located within the dealership's marketing footprint.
In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, school officials from the locations listed below were invited to their local VIP Tires store to receive the donation:
- Topsham, Maine – $4,460
- Westbrook, Maine – $4,440
- Lawrence, Mass. – $5,090
- Gorham, N.H. – $2,690
- Rochester, N.H. – $3,860
"It was wonderful to see so many people show up for an oil change to support the schools in the communities we serve," VIP Tires President and CEO Tim Winkeler said.
"Being able to make these donations is meaningful to us. A huge thank you to everyone who participated and for thinking of us for their automotive needs."
VIP's "Oil Changes for Education" program ran from September through mid-November at the five participating stores listed above. To-date, VIP has raised $32,005 for school systems across New England. The funds are used by the schools in a variety of ways, including furthering curriculum needs and improving school activities, the company said.
"VIP Tires & Service plans to continue this program in the future," said Mr. Winkeler. "Supporting our local communities is part of our company culture and something all of our employees can get behind."
VIP Tires & Service, a Quirk family-owned business for 93 years based in Auburn, operates 59 retail locations throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts providing retail and wholesale tires and installation, and professional automotive services.