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 Stevenna Pisapia

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  Stevenna Pisapia, Grappone Human Resources Assistant, had a blast volunteering at The Upper Room’s 14th Annual Family Matters Auction on Friday, November 6th to benefit southern NH children and families. While there she helped set up the tables for the auction, did registration, entered the bid numbers, and cashed everyone out at the end of the night. Stevenna said it was inspirational seeing the community come together to support such a great non-profit during a fun night of silent bids, live bids, raffles, and games. And on top of all of that fund raising, 75 children were sponsored directly at $250 a piece per child; the Grappone in the Community program directly sponsoring one of those children. The Upper Room is a non-profit Family Resource Center located in Derry committed to the development of strong individuals and families in the community. Stevenna has previously volunteered and interned at The Upper Room and is very thankful she had an opportunity to go back through the Grappone in the Community program. She’s excited to volunteer again next year at The Upper Room’s 15th Annual Family Matters Auction!  

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Amanda Jenkins, Grappone Toyota Express Service Advisor, volunteered on Friday, February 20, 2015 at Pope Memorial SPCA. Last April, Pope Memorial SPCA relocated to their new three million dollar facility in Concord, NH. The new facility allows them the capability to help over one hundred animals at any given time. Amanda was amazed to see all that goes into the process of running an animal shelter. She arrived at 9 a.m. and started her shift helping the morning cleaning crew. Most of the staff begins work at 7 a.m. at the SPCA in order to have everything cleaned and ready to open the facility at noon. There was a room full of cats with the flu so everything had to be removed and bleached twice before new animals could go into this area. She also sanitized dishes, cleaned laundry, removed trash, organized food, and swept and mopped floors. After the cleaning chores were finished, Amanda assisted with data entry by inputting volunteer hours and filing new volunteer applications. There are over 300 active volunteers at the SPCA alone, which makes this non-profit organization a well-oiled machine. Volunteer positions range from dog walking and cat technicians to fundraising and special events. Amanda was very impressed by the passion and dedication that each volunteer displayed and she was glad to be able to be a part of helping the animals in need. She is looking forward to continuing to volunteer at the …

2014 Grappone Cares Contest

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The first round of our 2014 Grappone Cares Contest is set to start on June 9th. This is a Facebook Contest put on by The Grappone Automotive Group that enables non-profit organizations to be nominated, and voted upon by our Facebook Fans for the chance to win $5,000 through the Toyota Match Program. This year Grappone will be doing things differently than in years past. The contest will consist of the same nomination period, followed by a voting period, however there will now be criteria for the eligible nominee’s. The first round of the Grappone Cares Contest will be catered towards non-profit organizations that help support Families and Children in Need throughout New Hampshire. Organizations meeting this criteria will be eligible to be voted on by our Facebook Fans. The second and third round of the Grappone Cares Contest will be catered towards Animals in Need, and Nature and Environmental organizations, respectively. The fourth round of the Contest will be a “Grappone Pick” where members of our team here at The Grappone Automotive Group will vote on whom they think the winner should be out of all the nominated organizations that weren’t a part of the voting period. In previous years, through the Grappone Cares Contest; Grappone has donated to an assortment of non-profits such as Sullivan County Humane Society, Live and Let Live Farm, Granite State Dog Recovery, Becky’s Gift, and Sock Homelessness. The Grappone Automotive Group realizes the importance of giving …

A Season of Giving at Grappone

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During the holiday season Grappone and all the team members at Grappone focus on giving back to others. Grappone participates in two wonderful holiday programs. Grappone is a drop off  location for Toys for Tots and also particpates in The Salvation Army’s Wish Upon A Star Christmas program. Team members at Grappone signed up to receive a star and worked together to fulfill children’s Christmas wishes. Purchases for the children range from clothing to Legos to bicycles. Every child deserves a Christmas and 60 stars were claimed by team members. That means that 60 local children will be receiving presents on Christmas because of the generosity that everyone here has. Each show room is set up with a Toys for Tots drop off location. At Grappone Toyota there is a Toyota Tacoma in the showroom that is being filled every day with toys. Whether it was a kind guest at Grappone or a team member dropping off the toy, the community we have here at Grappone is beyond caring and always trying to give back to the community. On December 8th Grappone held their annual Christmas party. This party is for the children of all Grappone team members. This year we had 130 children in attendance. They all got to meet Santa, see Rudolph and the Gingerbread Man. Every child went home with a gift as well. How have you celebrated the season of giving this year?

Volunteering at CASA

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Grappone Team Member, Nancy Cote, volunteered for CASA of NH on Friday, November 8th working on their semi-annual fundraising campaign’s 4,000 piece mailer. She sent out handwritten notes to thank past contributors and volunteers. She also prepared greeting cards to benefit CASA and packed jewelry for transfer to the local church for their upcoming fundraiser. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the New Hampshire court system. As a private nonprofit, they rely on a diverse revenue base. Thirty to forty percent of their operating budget is from state and federal funding, with the balance from individual and corporate contributions, private grants and revenue from CASA fundraising efforts. Nancy was pleased to present CASA with a $250 donation from Grappone in the Community. She said, “What a great group of people doing an amazing job for the children in the court system in the State of NH.  There were 2 employees there who took delivery of vehicles from Grappone Toyota and they couldn’t be happier.  One employee, Marty, was actually the woman responsible for bringing CASA to the state.  She loves the Toyota facility, her RAV4, and us (not necessarily in that order)!  I can’t wait to go back.  I will be volunteering on my own in the future.  Thanks for the great experience! “   You can also help Nancy support CASA of NH by …

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Grappone Hyundai Technician, Mike Gooden, volunteered at the Day for Kids, a yearly fundraiser to raise money for Boys and Girls Club of Manchester. This event was held at the Radisson. The Boys and Girls Club of Manchester is one of the 53 founding clubs in America. They have provided quality programs and services to the children of Greater Manchester for more than 100 years. Mike helped out at the race track activity, which was set up with big wheels and tricycles for the kids to race, setting up and aligning all the racers at the start of every race. At the end of the day, Mike was proud to present George Frost, Executive Director of Boys and Girls Club of Manchester, with a $250 donation from Grappone in the Community. Mike picked this non-profit organization because he was a childhood member and they helped him become the person he is today. Thanks for volunteering Mike!  

Volunteering at Merrimack River Greenway Trail

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Grappone in the Community is back in action! On July 21, 2013, Friends of the Merrimack River Greenway Trail hosted their first annual fund-raising event, the Merrimack River Trail Triathlon, sponsored by NE Delta Dental. The triathlon featured a 4k Bike, 3k Run, and 3k Paddle. The race took place incorporating the Trail. Proceeds from this event went to the Greenway Trail. Grappone HR Benefits Specialist, Cathy Lamontagne, volunteered at the triathlon on Sunday through our Grappone in the Community program. She directed the runners and bikers through the trails. Cathy presented President Dick Lemieux and Trustee Assistant Alex Vogt of the Friends of MRGT with a donation of $250 from Grappone in the Community, at the end of her visti on her behalf. Visit Merrimack River Greenway Trail for more information!