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. The funds came from these local businesses purchasing tax credits and pledging their donations to this project.
Karyn Ames, Director of SCC, thanked her supporters during the announcement in early April, “We are deeply grateful for your support and urge the public to support them in return. We could not have done this renovation without their generosity.” Karyn was joined for the announcement and appreciation by Sandy Cleary, Founder of the CruCon Cruise Outlet; Amanda Grappone Osmer, Owner and Fourth Generation Steward, Grappone Automotive Group; and Joanna Pearce, Senior Vice President & Risk Management Officer, Meredith Village Savings Bank.
The SCC building was originally built in 1855, making it over 150 years old! Needless to say, the renovations are absolutely necessary. The SCC will now have the infrastructure to continue with providing an educational foundation for school age children 5 to 12 and contribute to the growth and development of the Lakes Region, Granite State and world at large.