BUILDING HOMES FOR HEROES – SUPPORTING OUR NATION’S MILITARY HEROES Among the many ways we show our gratitude for our military heroes is through our longstanding support of Building Homes for Heroes, an organization committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving their country. In 2021, Advance and its suppliers proudly raised $1.5 million for Building Homes for Heroes, bringing our total contribution to more than $16 million since 2009. The funds are used to build or modify homes and gift them, mortgage-free, to wounded veterans and their families, and many Advance team members participate in the home gifting ceremonies. In addition, in September, Advance supported the 10th annual FDNY 343 memorial bicycle ride, which benefitted Building Homes for Heroes, among other nonprofit organizations. The ride, which traveled from Montauk, N.Y. to Arlington National Cemetery, was held in memory of the 343 FDNY firefighters who perished at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. In addition to donating $5,000 to the cause, the Advance store located in Takoma Park, MD, the location of the 343-mile mark, hosted a moment of silence for the riders in commemoration of the fallen.
Proceeds from the campaign support innovative research and the creation of lifesaving tools and information needed to improve cardiovascular health for millions of Americans at a time when it is needed most. According to the American Heart Association, recent studies suggest many COVID-19 survivors experience some type of heart damage, even if they didn’t have prior underlying heart disease or become sick enough to be hospitalized, increasing the potential for heart failure in the future. BRAKES FOR BREASTS – CONTRIBUTING TO BREAST CANCER RESEARCH Ten years ago, an employee in a professional automotive shop saw firsthand the devastating effects breast cancer had on a relative. What emerged was a new relationship with the Cleveland Clinic to help fund its cancer research, and soon the nonprofit Brakes for Breasts was born. Advance contributes to Brakes for Breasts by offering $40 rebates on Carquest-branded brakes at TechNet-affiliated professional shops. Shop customers can choose to redeem the rebates for cash or donate the money to Brakes for Breasts. Our support of Brakes for Breasts has helped the nonprofit accomplish a major fundraising milestone – over $1 million in donations since its founding in 2011. ADVANCING OUR ROADS – EXPANDING OUR SUPPORT FOR MOTORISTS IN NEED In 2021, dozens of cities welcomed Advance Auto Parts stores to their communities. To celebrate these new locations, we provided gifts cards to local police departments to provide to motorists when they were pulled over for violations like non-functioning headlights or tail lights. Rather than receiving costly citations, these motorists instead received Advance gift cards to help cover the cost of the needed repairs. In 2021, we’ve donated approximately $58,000 worth of gift cards to 22 local law enforcement departments and plan to expand the program in 2022.
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