Advance Auto Parts Partners With Operation Homefront To Provide Car Repairs For Military Families
Philadelphia, PA., August 4, 2010 – Advance Auto Parts, Inc., (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of batteries, brakes, parts and accessories, today announced the launch of a local contest geared toward improving the lives of service men and women in and around the Philadelphia area. The company, which has partnered with Operation Homefront, is offering car makeovers worth $2,500 to local military families as an expression of gratitude for their service. The company will also donate $25,000 to Operation Homefront to go toward their support of active duty soldiers as well as veterans across the country.
“We recognize how important everyday transportation is to a military family, whether they have a service member overseas or veteran member in their household,” said Morgan Schafer, regional vice president with Advance Auto Parts. “These families sacrifice so much in order to keep our country safe and we want ensure the same – that their car will be safe and reliable every day. No one should have to worry about whether their car is able to make it to the next location or whether their brakes might fail. We want to give these families security.”
As part of the car makeover, Advance Auto Parts will bring winner’s cars up to inspection, address safety needs and replace parts where needed. The contest, which will run from August 4th until September 10th, is open to active service men and woman, veterans and their families. Advance Auto Parts invites military members, family and friends to log onto www.advanceautoparts.com/homefront to explain why they or a loved one is in need of the car repair. Local Advance Auto Parts shops will volunteer their time to work on these projects at no cost to the winners.
“We are extremely excited to have partnered with Advance Auto Parts on this amazing opportunity for Philadelphia area service people,” said Amy Palmer, chief operating officer of Operation Homefront. “It’s tough having a family member overseas or to be a military member who just returned from a tour of duty. Any improvement we can offer to these heroes to make their lives just a little bit easier is incredibly important and we appreciate the support of companies like Advance Auto Parts who are able to meet these needs.”
Advance Auto Parts and its well-trained, knowledgeable Team Members can help customers with all of the parts and products needed to perform time and money saving do-it-yourself projects. ASE-certified experts and the company’s consumer education program, featuring video clinics, are available at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com, to show customers how to save money and increase vehicle efficiency by repairing and replacing various vehicle systems, fluids, and parts themselves.
About Advance Auto Parts
Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. As of April 24, 2010, the Company operated 3,462 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Advance Auto Parts supports a variety of non-profit organizations at the corporate and local levels and encourages its Team Members to become actively involved in various community-based charitable organizations. Nationally, Advance Auto Parts is a strong supporter of United Way and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Since 1994, Advance Auto Parts has raised more than $20 million for JDRF, including a record-breaking campaign in 2009 which raised $3.8 million for diabetes research, making Advance Auto Parts JDRF’s number one corporate partner.
Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts and accessories can be found on the Company’s web site at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.
About Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront provides emergency and morale assistance to our troops, the families they leave behind and for wounded warriors when they return home. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 23 chapters and has met more than 267,000 needs since 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, $.95 of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes to programs.