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Berlin City and the Keep Driving Foundation Donate $40,400 to Local Schools and Community Partners

Berlin City and the Keep Driving Foundation Donate $40,400 to Local Schools and Community Partners

January 30th, 2023

Berlin City Auto Group is proud to announce the latest recipients of their education and community-based grant program. Formerly known as the Drive for Education program, the newly established Keep Driving Foundation is a non-profit organization that will allow Berlin City to do even more to give back and support the local community. The $40,400 awarded this month will bring the total amount donated to local schools since the program’s inception in 2011 to $800,917.

Last week Berlin City hosted events in Portland, Maine and Gorham to present grant recipients with their checks. “We were thrilled to host students, teachers and community representatives in our dealerships to present these grants,” said Yegor Malinovskii, Berlin City Market President.

“It has been 3 years since we’ve been able to do this in person. Seeing all those smiling faces and knowing we had a part in making that happen is truly a highlight of the year for everyone at Berlin City. We are grateful to be part of a company that believes in giving back and making a difference in the communities we serve.”

Below is a complete list of the 23 local schools and community organizations selected to receive grants. The funds provided will support educational field trips, new books, emerging technology, art and science supplies and unique educational engagement programs.

MAINE - $20,500

  • Whitefield Elementary
  • Lyseth Elementary
  • South Portland Food Cupboard
  • HC Reiche Community School
  • Sanford Pride Elementary
  • Breath Day Treatment Program
  • Gue E. Rowe Elementary
  • Lyseth Elementary
  • Cape Elizabeth Middle School
  • Westbrook Middle School
  • Morse High School

NEW HAMPSHIRE -  $13,100

  • Josiah Bartlett Elementary
  • SAU 36 District
  • Stewartstown Community School
  • Groveton Hight School

VERMONT - $6,370

  • Colchester Middle School
  • Bellows Free Academy
  • JJ Flynn School
  • Neshobe Elementary
  • The Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative
  • Waits River Valley School
  • Newbury Elementary School

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Berlin City Auto Group and the Keep Driving Foundation Donate 9-Passenger Van to NH Foster Family

Berlin City Auto Group and the Keep Driving Foundation Donate 9-Passenger Van to NH Foster Family

January 16th, 2023

Vehicle Giveaway

A NH Family started out the New Year with a new vehicle from Berlin City Auto Group. On Wednesday, January 4th Berlin City and the Keep Driving Foundation donated a nine person transit van to a NH foster family. The gift came just in time for the family of eight to be able to drive together in one vehicle to the courthouse to finalize the adoption of one of the four foster children in their care.

Jody and her husband Brian began fostering in 2019 after hearing about the negative impact the opioid epidemic was having on the foster care system. They have two children of their own and were fostering four additional children when Berlin City heard about their story.

“When we began our fostering journey, we had decided as a family to limit the children in our home to five. This was primarily because we have a seven passenger car,” said Jodi. “When we recently realized that one of our pre-adoptive children’s siblings needed a home, we struggled with what to do. We had the time and love to give, but we didn’t have a vehicle that would transport all of us if we took another child.” The family decided to take in the child but struggled with having to take two cars anywhere they went as a family.

“When we heard the story of this incredible family keeping foster siblings together in the same home, we immediately went to work sourcing a reliable vehicle to donate to them.” said Yegor Malinovskii, President of Berlin City Auto Group. “Giving back to children and families in need is at the core of everything we do as a company, and we are so honored to have been able to help this family.”

“We are overwhelmed and humbled by Berlin City and the Keep Driving Foundation’s kindness and generosity. They have made this dream of ours a reality and for the first time as a family we got to take a ride of profound significance in one car. We will be forever grateful.” Said Jodi.

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