We are committed to helping individuals develop the skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing world. We are proud to connect military and their families to careers and community.
CarMax is committed to providing community support and career opportunities to our military service members, veterans and their families. Together, CarMax and The CarMax Foundation have invested over $1.5 million to organizations supporting the military, including Hiring Our Heroes, KaBOOM! and The Mission Continues.
Hiring Our Heroes — We help connect veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses to meaningful job opportunities. This includes sponsoring and participating in dozens of Hiring Our Heroes events across the country and supporting its Fellowship program.
The Mission Continues — We help empower veterans who are adjusting to life at home find purpose through community impact. Our expanded partnership includes sponsorship of The Mission Continues’ Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service with volunteer events in Chicago, Houston and Newport News as well as the organization’s Mass Deployment in Los Angeles in June. We have also made an additional investment in Houston supporting ongoing work to rebuild the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
KaBOOM! — The CarMax Foundation is the first KaBOOM! corporate partner to make a multi-year, significant commitment to bringing playspaces to our military and veteran families. We also developed Week of Play, the first national program dedicated to ensuring kids and families in military communities get the play they need to thrive. Our goal is to provide grants to fund four playgrounds and 30 play products in military communities by 2019.
Military families have unique challenges such as dealing with frequent moves, deployments, and transitions. This can be especially hard on the kids, as they adapt to change and new communities. To alleviate some of this stress, kids need opportunities to play and have fun, and just be kids.
As part of our commitment to bring play to our military families, CarMax joined together with the San Francisco Giants and Blue Star Families to provide some Bay Area military families with a well-deserved day of fun. On July 7, 20 children and their families came for a VIP tour of AT&T Park, the Giants’ stadium. These kids enjoyed a fun day at the ballpark, with behind-the-scenes stadium access and pizza. Little did these kids know, the tour was not the only reason their families were at the stadium.
While the families were busy touring the stadium, CarMax and Giants volunteers were busy building bicycles for each of the children to take home with them. The kids were surprised and delighted by their new bikes, plus the opportunity to meet Giants player George Kontos and the Giants mascot, Lou Seal.
As a partner of The Mission Continues, CarMax associates have volunteered side-by-side with veterans across the country. In January, we served as sponsor of The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service with volunteer events in Chicago, Houston and Newport News. In all three cities, our Associates, and their families, joined together with veteran and community volunteers to give three schools much needed improvements. This summer we will partner with The Mission Continues’ third Mass Deployment in Los Angeles. CarMax Associates came together with veteran volunteers to open new possibilities for the Westside neighborhood of Atlanta.
Imagine moving thousands of miles away from home and meeting a community of smiles, laughter and people like you. The CarMax Foundation and KaBOOM! have teamed up to make this possible by bringing play to military families during our annual Week of Military Play. Play is important to all children, but for military children it is uniquely important as they adapt to new communities. Many kids experience significant emotional impact when a parent deploys, returns home from military service, or when they move locations frequently. When kids face uncertainty or stress, play creates a safe buffer against the change or adversity they experience. Play is crucial for kids to restore normalcy and stay active and healthy.