FORT WORTH, Texas – Nearly 700 Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ North Texas employees stepped away from their daily routines to lend their time, expertise and labor to 13 nonprofits working to improve the quality of life for underprivileged individuals, families and children during the company’s sixth-annual Week of Caring. Throughout the week, staff members contributed more than 5,000 hours engaging with local students through interactive educational programs, creating immersive learning tools, stocking food and preparing meals for hungry individuals, families and their pets, and designing welcoming and comforting environments for women and families seeking shelter.
“Mercedes-Benz Financial Services is dedicated to so much more than conducting business in North Texas. Our employees and customers live and work in this region, and we are committed to doing our part to have a positive community impact,” said Peter Zieringer, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC. “Our Week of Caring is just one of the many ways that we are engaged with groups that are making a difference in our communities.”
The 13 North Texas nonprofits benefiting from this year’s Week of Caring include:
ACH Child and Family Services
Volunteers rolled-up their sleeves and worked hard to clean the campus and beautify its gardens by spreading mulch and planting flowers.
Community Food Bank
Aiming to fight hunger for North Texas families, volunteers spent two days organizing, sorting and distributing nearly 17,000 pounds of food (equivalent to 11,500 meals) to help those in need.
More than 90 volunteers updated the Upscale Resale Store. This included applying more than 18 gallons of paint to the interior walls as well sorting and shelving donated food and clothing to assist families facing difficult challenges.
Don’t Forget to Feed Me
Volunteers helped sort, package and distribute 8,200 pounds of food (or 10,933 meals) for pets in Tarrant County for the only social service agency in the Dallas-Fort Worth area focused solely on assisting pet owners who are unable to afford pet food.
Dwell with Dignity – Thrift Studio
Teaming up with well-known, local nonprofit Dwell with Dignity, volunteers painted, reorganized furniture and prepared the open-to-the-public Thrift Studio, a pop-up shop fundraiser created to financially support Dwell with Dignity by selling deeply discounted, high-end finds.
Hubbard Heights Elementary
Through a long-standing relationship with the school’s principal, volunteers brought to life six educational, custom-designed murals for students of the elementary to learn from and enjoy.
Junior Achievement (JA) of the Chisholm Trail
Through interactive, hands-on, age-appropriate lessons, volunteers engaged with 250 kindergarten through second grade students at Caprock Elementary School and 60 ninth grade students at Eaton High School to explain the basics of money, the value of savings and how money flows in an economy.
Kids Against Hunger
More than 80 volunteers worked together to package 39,097 meals to provide nourishment for families across North Texas and Mexico.
Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County
Volunteers worked together to package more than 2,300 pieces of bread for the elderly living in Tarrant County, and also applied some elbow grease to clean the facility.
REAL School Gardens
Working together alongside students and teachers from Oakmont Elementary School, more than 100 volunteers installed a 20,875 square foot immersive educational garden. Among many wonderful features including a labyrinth, water feature and two instructional seating areas, the garden includes 117 plants and trees, 615 vegetables and herbs and 2,105 feet of paving.
SafeHaven of Tarrant County
More than 30 helping hands volunteered to beautify the residential facilities to help create a holistic shelter to provide care for the victims of domestic violence.
To help ignite the spark of creativity, volunteers transformed the activity space to provide children with a fully immersive learning environment.
Trinity Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers worked together to install windows and siding on a new home for a hardworking, deserving family in North Texas.
The Week of Caring is part of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services’ robust, year-round commitment to community engagement. A variety of volunteer projects are selected that focus on social responsibility in the areas of arts and culture; community enhancement; diversity and inclusion; and education.
Volunteers from the company’s headquarters, located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, as well as in Atlanta, Georgia, Fort Mill, South Carolina and Mississauga, Canada take part in Week of Caring activities. In total, more than 1,370 volunteers will dedicate more than 9,500 hours of volunteer service, benefiting 31 different nonprofit organizations in 2018. Since its inception in 2013, more than 80 volunteer projects, spanning nearly 50,000 hours of service, have been completed during Week of Caring.
Mercedes‐Benz Financial Services USA LLC, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, with Business Center Operations in Fort Worth, Texas, provides brand‐specific financial products and services for Mercedes‐Benz and smart automotive dealers and their retail customers. In the U.S. trucking industry, it conducts business as Daimler Truck Financial and provides flexible financial products and services for Daimler Trucks North America commercial vehicles branded Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Bus and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc.
Mercedes‐Benz Financial Services USA LLC serves as the headquarters for operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, and has approximately 2,242 employees throughout the Americas. It is a company of the Daimler Financial Services Group, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, which does business in more than 40 countries and has an employee base of approximately 12,000 people worldwide. Daimler Financial Services is one of the leading financial services organizations worldwide and was ranked fifth out of 25 on the list of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place To Work Institute in 2016. Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC was also named one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in 2015 and 2016, and one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women in 2016 by Great Place to Work and Fortune.com. For more information, please visit www.corp.mbfs.com or facebook.com/mymbfs. For more information about Daimler Truck Financial, log onto www.daimler-truckfinancial.com.