Easterns Automotive Group is a family-owned Used Car Dealership that opened in 1988. With the slogan Where Your Job is Your Credit®, Easterns became one of the DMV’s premier Car Dealerships. Eastern has sold over 140,000 used vehicles in its over 30-year history. Easterns operates 7 retail locations around DC, Maryland, and Virginia with a 120,000 sqft corporate headquarters and centralized reconditioning facility in Sterling, VA. At Easterns, giving back isn’t optional it’s a part of their DNA. Easterns makes it their job to give back to the community that has kept them in business for over 30 years. Easterns Automotive Group is proud to be a force for good in our community.
Communities need help now more than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how many people do normal, everyday things. A trip to the grocery store used to seem run of the mill but has larger implications for the eldery and immunocompromised. Akshath Mahajan and Maneesh Vallurupalli started Project Support Initiative for this very reason. This group deploys volunteers to gather supplies for those who can't. Akshath and Maneesh initially started in their neighborhood but began helping others in Northern Virginia. Now Project Support Initiative has 19 chapters across the US and two worldwide. Although the group doesn't request monetary donations, volunteers are in need of PPE to help wipe down the groceries and keep themselves safe. Easterns Automotive Group was honored to provide 1000 units of PPE to Project Support so they can continue doing this valuable work.
Breast cancer touches so many lives. Carolyn Cole-Rodenburg is an 18-year breast cancer survivor. Her experience with the physical and emotional toll of breast cancer inspired her to create an organization to lend support. The IIIB's Foundation provides immense care along with baskets to patients filled with helpful items. Easterns Automotive Group was proud to donate 15 baskets to women on this journey and help ease their recovery.
Giving back means more now than ever. Healthcare and frontline workers are risking their lives to fight the spread of COVID-19. Nurses Natalie Crawford and Lauren Bickel founded #WECARE in an effort to support their colleagues. The movement distributes food from local businesses to workers in need. Easterns Automotive Group is proud to donate to this campaign and support these workers keeping us safe.
Helping people of all abilities is imperative to Easterns Automotive Group. The company was thrilled to donate recently to Easterseals. This nonprofit gives comprehensive care to more than 1.4 million people of all ages nationwide. From a child development program to senior care, Easterseals is committed to making sure people of all abilities feel are given the chance to shine.
Washington, DC has a storied history. Photographer and filmmaker Don Baker has captured hundreds of moments over the years. He's compiling his work into a documentary called "The Trappe." The work commemorates the Foxtrappe; the famous private club that became a DC staple after the 1968 riots. Making a film is no small financial feat. Easterns Automotive Group was proud to donate to Baker to insure this story of DC's history gets told.
Year after year Habitat for Humanity of DC builds safe places for people to live. Currently, the team is building a multi-unit home on 28th Place in the southeastern quadrant of DC. This is a huge undertaking for the volunteers and will change the lives of 14 different families. To get the job done right, help is needed from the community. Easterns Automotive Group was proud to donate items from the Habitat's wish list and gift cards to make sure these 14 families all get the housewarming they deserve.
In Fairfax County, Virginia, there are 60,000 people who are food insecure. The food bank Food for Others has been collecting goods for the community since 1995. The holidays can especially be a tough time of year for those in need. Easterns Automotive Group was proud to donate to the organization in time for Thanksgiving 2019.
Horseback riding is thought of as a hobby only a few lucky people get to do. But there are tremendous benefits to the sport. LiftMeUp! is a therapeutic horseback riding inclusion program dedicated to teaching children and adults of varying abilities. Lessons are adapted to each rider's cognitive and physical needs. The strong bond between the rider and the horse is essential to boosting self-confidence. The riders build their strength physically and emotionally. Easterns Automotive Group was proud to donate to this organization in October 2019.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many people are affected by this disease and it can take a toll physically and emotionally. While Sonya Keshwani was recovering from her chemotherapy treatments, she started designing headwraps. She had no interest in wearing hot, uncomfortable wigs to cover up her hair loss from the treatment. Other women fighting the disease started wearing them as well and Sonya's hobby turned into the business StyleEsteem Wardrobe. Joel Bassam, Director of Marketing at Easterns Automotive Group, has had family members fight breast cancer and was proud to donate to this worthy cause.
Cancer affects more than the just person it afflicts. Family members often feel as though they're fighting the disease as well. When parents have been diagnosed with the disease, it takes a tremendous toll on the children. At Camp Kesem kids are given a chance to just be kids. They are surrounded by peers going through the same hardship, and together they're able to focus on typical camp activities and have fun. Easterns Automotive Group donated to this great charity in August 2019.
Second Chance Wildlife of Gaithersburg has been rehabilitating injured wild animals since 1986. The animals are given essential care so they can be returned to their natural surroundings. The organization also strives to educate on how to coexist with wildlife and not disrupt their habitat. This amount of care and outreach requires a highly trained, dedicated staff. Easterns Automotive Group was proud to donate to this organization in May 2019.
Homelessness is a nationwide problem that's very prevalent in Maryland. Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services serves the homeless community and low-income families in Howard, Anne Arundel, and Prince George's counties. LARS has been providing access to food pantries, short-term financial assistance, and vouchers for medical aid and clothing for 32 years. The group will be able to help more families thanks to Easterns Automotive Group's donation.
Excelling at any sport takes discipline. Metropolitan Tennis & Education Group has found that by teaching diverse youths how to play tennis, they have more success in school. Nicole Hammond was awarded a full athletic scholarship to the University of Michigan. She honed her skills at MTEG and is on the path to a first-rate education. Easterns Automotive Group proudly donated to this organization and looks forward to seeing more young adults thrive.
Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, MD is certified green. The students have been growing produce in the school's greenhouse since last year. "The children see that fruits and vegetables can taste delicious, especially if they've grown them from scratch," says Deborah Branch, Buck Lodge science teacher. "At the end, they actually have some food that they and their family can eat." Easterns Automotive fully supports the mission to get kids on a healthy path.
The Congressional Award Foundation is the United States Congress's official charity established in 1979. This organization strives to empower youths to achieve academic and civic goals. For various hours of volunteerism, the foundation awards different levels of achievement. This instills the importance of volunteering in youths and lets them find their passion in the community.
Passion for Learning is an organization that helps students in low-income communities develop the skills they need for a technology-rich society. Through the program GRRL Tech (Girls Really, Really, Love Technology) young women learn such marketable skills as coding, and developing websites and video games in after school workshops. Easterns Automotive Group is proud to present this organization with $1500 to aid in the empowerment of our future tech leaders.
Mobile Hope of Loudoun is an organization that strives to improve the lives of homeless youths in the county. It began in 2011 when Donna Fortier was running the Mobile Health program of Inova Loudoun Hospital in the area and noticed the issue of displaced youths. Fortier ended up leaving the hospital to found Mobile Hope in 2014. Its mission is to improve the lives of young adults age 24 and younger who are disadvantaged, precariously housed, or homeless in Loudoun County. Mobile Hope conducts up to 60 events each year to provide food, clothing, and hygiene items to more than 2,400 youths. Easterns Automotive Group has been a fixture in Loudoun County for years and is proud to help this inspiring organization with a $2,000 donation.
The Latin American Youth Center strives to empower and educate a diverse population in D.C. The Stripes Program at the center ensures that all LGBTQ teens are welcome and have a safe space to express themselves. Part of that expression includes media advocacy training that focuses on LGBTQ issues. The teens are taught to use radio broadcasting to tell their powerful stories, and how to digitally distribute the content. By finding their voices at the youth center, the teens learn to become powerful future leaders, and that they matter. Easterns Automotive Group is proud to help this organization by donating $2000.
Popular Spring Animal Sanctuary is a 400-acre non-profit refuge in Poolesville, MD that rehabilitates neglected and abused farm animals. It's also a protected habitat for wildlife. The organization strives to educate the public on farming and wildlife issues. With the help of volunteer workers and generous donations from the community, Popular Spring has been able to build new barns and fences to house its growing animal family. Easterns Automotive Group is proud to donate $2500 that will to towards supplying hay, food, and other supplies to help these animals thrive.
City Dogs Rescue is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that has saved cats and dogs from high-kill shelters since 2011. Sadly many of the animals are just days if not hours away from being euthanized for no reason other than lack of space at the shelters. City Dogs Rescue strives to find forever homes for these loving pets. The non-profit relies on help from volunteers and generous donations to provide the animals what they need until they're adopted. Easterns Automotive Group is proud to give City Dogs Rescue $2500 to help more cats and dogs find the caring families they deserve.
Many LGBTQ youths face isolation or bullying from their peers. It's imperative that they have a safe space where they feel empowered. SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League) is an organization based in D.C. that has created leadership development opportunities, after-school programs, and counseling services to help these teens prosper. They also offer a coveted scholarship to graduating high school students that can be used at their discretion (for books, housing, etc). Easterns Automotive Group is proud to donate $2500 to this inspiring organization.
5000 animals make their way through the two locations of Humane Rescue Alliance every year. The organization protects animals and supports people through the adoption process. Housing these animals is no small feat and requires many resources. Easterns Automotive is a proud supporter and has donated $2500 to the organization.
Approximately 8 million children worldwide live in orphanages. By 2040, The Miracle Foundation is hoping that number will be nonexistent. The non-profit organization strives to place orphans back with members of their birth family, or to keep them safe, healthy, educated and loved until a suitable permanent family is found. The Miracle Foundation relies on help from governments, other non-profits, and donors to keep these children happy and nourished. Easterns Automotive Group proudly donated $2500. With this gift, the non-profit is closer to meeting its ultimate goal.