CarMax Cares Builds Playgrounds

This past November, before a new CarMax store had even opened its doors in South Lindbergh, Missouri, Associates had already made a difference in the lives of 1,000 families. A team of 25 Associates volunteered to pack backpacks with healthy, easy-to-prepare, and kid-friendly foods for children on behalf of Operation Food Search, an organization that works to provide food and other necessities to needy families in Illinois and Missouri.

"The team had a great time getting to know one another better, while helping to make a positive impact in our local community," shared sales manager Joshua Fischer.

This is just one example of the more than 650 Associate-led volunteer team-builders that have taken place so far this fiscal year, benefiting a wide variety of nonprofits across the country. Each team-builder is organized locally, allowing Associates to volunteer for causes that are important to them.

"It gives me such joy to volunteer and see how my small efforts and 'paying it forward' affect others," said Barbara Bean, a business office Associate in Texas. "It's a great feeling to work for a Company that has such a strong commitment to community involvement."

And, CarMax does more than simply support our Associates in organizing volunteer events. Nonprofits benefiting from volunteer team-builders are eligible to receive a $500 grant from the CarMax Foundation, and team-builders that support CarMax's commitment to wellness through charity walks and runs are eligible for a $1,000 grant. The CarMax Foundation also offers a matching gift program which doubles the amount of money Associates donate to eligible nonprofits. The CarMax Foundation has, to date, provided more than $20 million in grants and donations.

"We believe that helping others is part of being a good neighbor," says Mac Stuckey, president of The CarMax Foundation. "We are committed to providing opportunities for our Associates to positively impact the charitable causes they are most passionate about—it's the right thing to do."

To learn more about how CarMax Associates are impacting your community, visit http://foundation.carmax.com
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