Originally Posted by Auto Care News
BETHESDA, MD – March 11, 2015 – The Auto Care Association has launched Operation Auto Care to help address the industry’s need for a new pool of talented employees. Driven by its Education Committee’s industry career initiative, the association is developing a program to connect transitioning military veterans with jobs in the auto care industry.
“The auto care industry has a long record of engagement and success by veterans,” said Kathleen Schmatz, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “Thousands of veterans already work in our industry as employees, executives and business owners. Our members know very well the advantages veterans can bring to their companies.”
The vehicle for the Auto Care Association’s veteran outreach efforts, Operation Auto Care, is a partnership between the association, the Wyakin Warrior Foundation and Easter Seals Dixon Center.
Pilot programs in Cincinnati, Oregon and New Hampshire are currently underway that connect specific member companies with Easter Seals affiliates in local markets. Working together, these organizations are testing a program to identify open industry positions and match those positions to veterans who are in search of careers.
“There is almost no job skill or career path that’s not represented within the auto care industry,” said Schmatz. “We offer veterans the opportunity to discover rewarding lifetime careers, leadership and even business ownership possibilities. We look at these patriotic young men and women as future employees and leaders within our industry.”
For more information, visit www.autocare.org/operationautocare.
About the AutoCare Association
Based in Bethesda, Md., the Auto Care Association has more than 3,000 member companies that represent some 150,000 independent automotive businesses that manufacture, distribute and sell motor vehicle parts, accessories, tools, equipment, materials and supplies, and perform vehicle service and repair. Visit www.autocare.org.
About Easter Seals Dixon Center
Easter Seals Dixon Center believes our veterans and military families can succeed where they live. Our mission is to ensure that’s possible in every community. We work to break down barriers, drive a new conversation about the potential of our veterans, engage organizations and communities, and connect veterans and military families with what they need for meaningful employment, education and overall wellness. Our national credibility and community-based reach – through 73 affiliates and 550 service sites – provide an unmatched, accessible resource and support for veterans and military families. Learn more at EasterSealsDixonCenter.org.
About the Wyakin Warrior Foundation
The Wyakin Warrior Foundation enables severely wounded and injured post 9/11 veterans achieve personal and professional success as business and community leaders. The foundation provides multifaceted mentoring, financial support, professional development, and networking tailored to each Warrior’s unique journey and goals, culminating in an education and meaningful employment. The program includes a community service project by each Warrior to underpin the foundation’s focus on these young patriots’ strengths over their struggles, and help realize and demonstrate their potential as community role models. For more information, visit www.wyakin.org.