A MUST LISTEN TO EPISODE.
This podcast episode needs to be heard by everyone in the industry. I’m counting on you to forward this episode via social media and paste the episode URL out into your email networks. Let’s be sure the reach of AACF gets to the deep corners of the aftermarket so help can be brought to our brothers and sisters that need it. Carm
Since 1959, The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) has assisted
individuals and families of the Automotive Aftermarket. These individuals have fallen on hard times due to death, catastrophic illness or accident and have exhausted all other available resources in maintaining a reasonable existence. The AACF is the only charity that focuses only on persons and their families employed in the automotive aftermarket industry.
The awareness campaign
AACF has begun an Awareness Partner Program so conscientious companies can inform their employees about the help offered by The Foundation. There is no cost to your company to demonstrate you are a caring employer. Expressing your support for AACF will improve staff morale, especially
when any employees receive help from The Foundation. When employees are informed of AACF, problems previously unknown come to the forefront for support.
How you can help? Here is the process as outlined by AACF
Get the word out. Many cases of need do not reach the Foundation usually due to a lack of awareness of The AACF.
- First, designate someone in your company to care for this, and inform AACF of their contact information. This is usually someone in the HR departments.
- Post an AACF “Awareness” poster in suitable employee information locations, for example bulletin boards, lunchrooms, and time clock stations. AACF can provide posters or you can print your own with approval.
- Prepare and distribute a specific “Employee Communication”. Use the methods most likely to reach your employees such as an article in your newsletter, a memo in pay envelopes, or a broadcast email to employees; AACF will supply sample wording. You can customize with your company logo and any additional content, provided The Foundation gives final approval to ensure consistency with our message.
- Communicate in writing to the AACF Executive Director when these two things are done. Include information on how you communicated information about The Foundations to your employees.
Fundraising comes in many forms including their largest event held each year before AAPEX/SEMA: The Annual Golf Tournament
Joel Ayres has worked as an executive in the automotive aftermarket industry for over 35 years and was hired in March 2015 to become the first Executive Director of The AACF. Joel’s background and passion in charity work has included some of the following; founder and first Chairman of SEMA Cares, Chairman of the SEMA Scholarship Committee, Board Director for Heart Gallery of Sacramento, and Board President for Big Brothers of Northeastern Indiana. Joel has spent numerous hours volunteering for the Petty’s Victory Junction Gang Camp, Childhelp Villages, Big Brothers, and Camp Ukandu for Pediatric Cancer. He also served on the SEMA Board of Directors for 12 years, Board Liaison for several SEMA Councils and chaired many committees.
Mr. Ayres has received numerous awards and honors including being inducted into the SEMA Hall of Fame, SBN Athena Award for Championing Women in the Automotive Aftermarket, SEMA Person of the Year, LTAA Hall of Fame, LTAA Chairman’s Award, Jim Borre’ Lifetime Achievement Award, and many community service awards.
Over the years he has been interviewed by many industry magazines and industry radio for his views on trends, overall market opinions, and his charitable work.
During his career Mr. Ayres has tried to follow the motto. “Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are.”
Joel Ayers favorite quote mentioned in the interview:
“Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” – Theodore Roosevelt
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