In its sixth year, the fundraising program has generated over $1 million in donations from the collision repair industry to support veterans’ education.
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division, together with the Collision Repair Education Foundation, have launched their 2018 fundraiser to attract and support military veterans seeking a career in the collision repair industry. They also announced the 38 recipients in the 2018 3M Hire Our Heroes awards. The recipients included students who have served or are currently serving in the military and their family members.
This year’s fundraiser will provide 24 donors of $5,000 or more, with the ability to compete against their peers and race for the 3M Hire Our Heroes Trophy, presented at SEMA by “The King” Richard Petty. The event will take place during SEMA week later this year. Additional donors of $200 or more will receive a 3M Hire Our Heroes Flag designed by Chip Foose and entered into a draw for additional item.
This is the sixth year that 3M has partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in support of our industry and our nation’s veterans. Since 2013, the 3M Hire Our Heroes program has generated more than $1,065,500 to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members. Nearly 330 military veterans and their families have already received scholarships and grants.
This year, each winning veteran student had the opportunity to select $1,500 worth of tools as part of the award. For those students graduating this year, they have the opportunity to select an additional $1,500 in tools upon graduation and upon getting hired into the collision industry. There were additional $1,000 scholarships for select veterans.
“Supporting both our industry and our military veterans remains a high priority for us,” said Dale Ross, US Marketing Operations Manager for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “This is our way of showing our gratitude for their service, while helping our industry by preparing what will be great future employees.”
This article courtesy of Russell Thrall III, publisher CollisionWeek. Check out their website at: www.collisionweek.com