Team Grappone Fights Youth Homelessness

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The Child and Family Services (CFS) SleepOut is an annual event to raise local consciousness and funds to help youth homelessness in New Hampshire. The community truly came together to make SleepOut 2018 a major success. A total of $301,463 was raised to support youth homelessness; that’s 121% of their $250,000 goal! Youth homelessness is not as obvious as one may believe. Kids with backpacks or walking down the street— homelessness could look differently for any child. Some go to school, some have jobs and some are escaping abusive or neglectful homes. Others struggle with trauma, mental illness, or addiction. Some are hungry, cold, and scared; taking desperate measures to survive. Most are flying under the radar of their own communities. Child and Family Services has an array of services for young people experiencing homelessness. The CFS Street Outreach Team offers the basics to survive and resources to succeed. Runaway & Homeless Youth Program is another service, which provides crisis intervention, along with a Youth Resource Center where young people can access basic needs such as food, clothes, showers, laundry. What’s more, is they provide mental health counseling, substance misuse treatment, educational advocacy, and job skills training, which are life changing services. Their Transitional Living Program provides housing and support services as they advance toward independence and success. Team Grappone played an active role in SleepOut 2018. Participants include Amanda Osmer, 4th Generation Steward, Scott Martin, Toyota Service Support Team …

Team Snowspeeder Completes the 2018 Junior Iditarod

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Team Snowspeeder is the Lakes Region Sled Dog team from New Hampshire, which is lead by Lara Renner who is 15 years old. Lara followed her dreams for competing in the Junior Iditarod in Alaska this past weekend, February 24-25, 2018. Lara and Team Snowspeeder have been rigorously training for this competition for years. Lara’s hard work, dedication, and lifelong passion for Siberian Huskies have led her to this monumental race. She started mushing when she was 10 years old and says “My passion for mushing only grew when I learned more about the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest and the bond between mushers and their dogs that only comes through training and racing a dog team.” You can read her full biography on the Junior Iditarod website at jriditarod.com. Lara is coached by her father, Steve Renner, who shares Lara’s interest for mushing and provides his unconditional dedication and support. Cost estimates from Alaska Airlines to fly their gear and dogs from Boston were $16,000, which did not include Lara and her father Steve’s travel expenses. Therefore, it was apparent that the Team would need to drive from Alton, NH to Wasilla, AK in order to participate in the 2018 Junior Iditarod. Team Snowspeeder purchased a 2017 Ford F-250 from Ruth Stephenson this Fall. Grappone Automotive Group was happy to provide a sponsorship discount to assist with getting the Team, dogs, and gear to Alaska safely. Larry Haynes, President …

Grappone in the Community- Salvation Army

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Thirty-seven team members from Grappone Automotive Group volunteered at the Salvation Army in Concord, NH, during the Christmas season. Team members sorted, packed and delivered toys and clothing for children in need. At the end of two weeks of volunteering, Joe Dubois, Grappone Senior Team Leader, presented the Salvation Army with a $500 donation from Grappone in the Community, on behalf of all Grappone volunteers. The Salvation Army’s mission each year is to distribute toys and clothing as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. They served over 800 children in the local community this holiday season. The goal is to spread hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive and patriotic citizens. Their primary objective is to unite all members of the local communities in a common cause each year and to contribute to better communities in the future. The Salvation Army mission is very similar to our mission statement here at Grappone Automotive Group. “We are dedicated to building lifelong relationships with our team members, guests and community by serving with integrity, kindness and respect.”That being said, what a perfect opportunity this was for our team members to serve their community here in Concord, NH, and spread kindness during the holiday season.

Grappone in the Community- Child and Family Services of NH

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Marc Catino, Grappone Guest Experience Coordinator, volunteered for Child and Family Services of NH on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Child and Family Services is a non-profit that works to advance the well-being of children and families through many social services. Grappone in the Community is an employee volunteer program that allows team members to spend a day volunteering at a not-for-profit organization of their choosing. It is our hope that by engaging our staff in volunteerism that they will have a chance to share their skills and talents with our community while experiencing the true joy of charitable giving. Marc was excited to share his time and talent with Child and Family Services. This is what he had to say about his experience volunteering; “Thank you for helping me volunteer at the Child and Family Services’ Christmas Is for Kids Telethon. I had decided that I was going to volunteer my time to Child and Family Services because of the work they did in helping my son find my wife and I, his forever family, after spending more than three years in a dozen different foster homes. At the telethon, I fielded more than thirty calls from people who were willing to open their hearts (and wallets) to help Child and Family Services provide underprivileged families with the means to have a great Christmas.” At the end of his day of volunteering, Marc presented his chosen non-profit with a $250 donation, made …

SNHU Students Spearhead the Grappone Team Members for Life Project

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Our Team Members for Life Project was a product of four seniors in the Bradley Three Year Honors Program at Southern New Hampshire University. Around twenty students are accepted to this program annually. Rebecca Rene, Alicia Dufresne, Mitchell Blair, and Miranda Adams implemented this as their capstone project. As seniors, these students are required to enroll in a yearlong course and given a group assignment to consult with local companies in the community. Dr. Christine Blais, Assistant Professor of the Organizational Leadership School of Business, made contacts with various companies throughout the community. This is how Amanda Grappone Osmer was introduced to the soon-to-be SNHU Alumni. Amanda and Chris Blais discussed the divide between Grappone retirees and the employed Grappone community. They were assigned to figure out ways to bridge this gap. The students brainstormed many ideas; one of the ideas was a family tree painting and unveiling celebration. Claire Racine, Director of Human Resources at Grappone, really liked this idea for the hallway. Additional ideas brought forth by these students did not fall by the wayside, as they created plans for Grappone to implement in the future. The family tree is painted on the walls of the Human Resources hallway at Grappone. The painting consists of beautiful white birch trees and includes the names of our retirees. The students coordinated with Grappone team members, including Tara Hamel, who was the artist of the Grappone Team Members for Life painting. Grappone …

Millennial Education Day at Grappone

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In our 93rd year of business, we have a goal to transition younger generations into the future car buyers of Grappone. Mackenzie Duval, Luke Hynes, Olivia Imprescia, and Cameron Scotia are seniors at Southern New Hampshire University in the Martin Bradley Three Year Honors Program. These students implemented Millennial Education Day for their senior project. The mission was to help Grappone bring future generations into the dealership. These four students complimented each others strengths and weaknesses.  In an effort to meet this goal for reaching millennials, they gathered information on Grappone’s car buying experience through shadowing, interviews, and surveys. This enabled the students to develop a general understanding of the process. Next, they felt it was important to educate other millennium buyers on the unique, negotiation-free sales process that Grappone fosters. This way, individuals could be prepared with knowledge and confidence when purchasing a vehicle after college. The idea to host Millennial Education Day at Grappone surfaced. The vision of this strategy was to bestow trust in students with a warm welcome. Additionally, we want them to feel comfortable when visiting Grappone as first-time car buyers. The Education Day involved lunch, raffles and multiple seminars with Grappone team members. The seminars covered specific aspects of the company. Topics included Entrepreneurship & History, Financing & Leasing, and Environmental Awareness. Mackenzie Duval shared her thoughts on the project, “We hope the students that attended took full advantage of what the day had to offer and the dealership …

Grappone Pledges CDFA Tax Credit Donation to Sandwich Children’s Center

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Children and Families. These words embody the community efforts of Grappone Automotive Group for 2017. Not only do we sell new and pre-owned vehicles, handle vehicle maintenance, parts, accessories and collision repairs; we’re also extensively involved with the community. In fact, community is embedded in our mission statement with our dedication to building lifelong relationships with team members, guests and community by serving with integrity, kindness, and respect. Human needs start with the bare essentials: food, water, shelter, security, and warmth. Without these basic necessities, humans would not have the capability to materialize close relationships with family and friends. Moreover, humans would not be able to form the self-fulfilling characteristics needed to prosper and thrive as contributing members of society. Such traits include a willingness to learn, eagerness to explore, and the drive to discover the wealth of knowledge this world has to offer. This comes full circle with our children; the children of today will become the leaders of the future. Amanda Grappone Osmer cannot stress the importance of this mindset enough with an absolute emphasis for creating safe, educational, and supportive programs that enable our children to live life in full bloom. The Sandwich Children’s Center (SCC) can attest to this with their recent School Age Revitalization Project. With the help of Grappone Automotive and three other community-minded businesses, the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) awarded $125,000 to restore the school age classroom at the Sandwich Children’s Center. …

Grappone in the Community Jennifer Spinney

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Jennifer Spinney, Grappone Toyota Appointment Coordinator Team Leader, volunteered for the Merrimack Valley Football Boosters on Wednesday, August 10th. When Jenn first arrived, she attended the team meeting with the coach, athletic director, trainer, assistant coaches and players. They spoke to the players about respect, grades, behavior, and team work. She was impressed by the response from the team as they listened to their peer’s valuable lessons, which included a conversation on adopting healthy lifestyle choices. She was amazed at how the Merrimack Valley Football Boosters philosophy mirrors ours, here at Grappone Automotive Group. Jenn helped wrangle up the boys, created an attendance sheet for the coach, as well as, documented where the players stand with completion of their impact test, sports physical, camp registration, and IIE agreement. She also assisted with lunch preparation, serving, and cleanup. At the end of her day of volunteering, Jenn presented the Merrimack Valley Football Boosters with a $250 donation from Grappone in the Community, on her behalf.

Grappone in the Community | Live and Let Live Farm

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Laura Evans, Grappone Toyota Appointment Coordinator, arrived at Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, NH, on Friday, July 22nd, to meet with Terry Penny, a volunteer at the farm. She watched a short film on the history of how the farm came to be. She then went straight to work, at the Tack Shop, sorting rain sheets, turn out sheets and light blankets, and binning them up according to size. Laura’s next project consisted of unloading the truck’s inventory used at the Deerfield Fair Grounds the prior weekend for the Deerfield 250th Celebration. She also worked with Terry to saddle a horse for the very first time. Finally, Laura cleaned out the puppy pens and exercised the puppies to help release some of their built up energy! At the end of her day of volunteering, Laura presented Terry Penny with a $250 donation from Grappone in the Community to help support the farm. Live and Let Live Farm is “A non-profit, Volunteer Rehabilitation, Rescue and Sanctuary for animals”, which relies solely on volunteers to run the farm. Laura had a wonderful time and is looking forward to returning to the farm again soon!

Grappone in the Community with Cyndi Soloman

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Cyndi Solomon, Grappone Staff Accountant, presented a donation of $250 to Concord Capitols’ Vice President, Jen Peightell Diachenko, from Grappone in the Community on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at their 2015 Season info/registration night. Cyndi has been the Treasurer of Concord Capitols since January of this year. Her volunteer duties consist of attending board meetings and writing grants to raise money for the Capitols. Established in 1988, the Concord Capitols Football & Cheer programs have a rich history of providing opportunities for youth to participate in programs that teach kids to strive for excellence in teamwork, sportsmanship and scholastic achievement. Future fundraising events include a car wash at Arnie’s on July 5th and August 16th, and a yard sale at Martin Field in Concord.There will also be an additional info/registration night on Sunday, June 14th at Martin Field from 4:00 – 5:30. Concord Capitols is still accepting new players for all football and cheer teams for the 2015 season, so please stop by the field or call Cyndi for more information. Want to learn more about Concord Capitols programs? Go to www.concordcapitols.org