HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – October 26, 2016 – In partnership with the 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division (AAD), the Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF) announced it has donated more than $750,000 since 2013 to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for more than 210 military veterans and their families through the 3M Hire Our Heroes program.
In 2017, 3M AAD and CREF will mark the fifth year of the program, and continuing an innovative way for shops to get involved, both organizations will be facilitating the second annual 3M Hire Our Heroes Calendar for 2017. With a $200 donation to the Collision Repair Education Foundation, designated to the 3M Hire Our Heroes fund, shops will not only be giving to a worthy cause, they will also receive the commemorative calendar which contains approximately $1,700 worth of monthly deals on 3M products. In 2016, this initiative raised $210,000 for scholarships and tool grants distributed to military veterans and their family members who are studying collision repair.
“The 2016 Calendar was well received by our customers and helped contribute another $210,000 to the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign” said Dale Ross, U.S. Marketing Operations Manager at 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “We hope that this continues to bring attention to the opportunities both for our military veterans to find rewarding careers in our industry, and for our collision shop owners to seek out and Hire our Heroes.”
Those who make a $200 donation will be able to take advantage of exclusive free product offers on a wide array of 3M products, such as the 3M™ PPS ™ Sun Gun™ II light kit, 3M™ Power Tools, 3M™ Masking Tape, 3M™ Cubitron™ II abrasives, and other 3M™ products. Plus this year a bonus offer has been added: When a shop participates in all 12 months of promotional offers, they will qualify to receive a sample of new products introduced by 3M AAD in 2018. The first 500 people to make the $200 donation will also receive, in addition to the calendars, a Hire Our Heroes replica hood designed by automotive designer Chip Foose.
Each month, shops will receive an email with the information they need to redeem the coupon for the free products, based on their qualifying purchases, and made on one invoice. Shops interested in participating in this program and purchasing their 2017 calendar through the $200 donation can do so online.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations that support collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation visit us online: www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org