Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair in Phoenix, Arizona, is fittingly named. This family-owned business is a one-stop shop for many automotive needs at locations across the Phoenix area. Beyond that, it’s also an advocate and helping hand for community members of all ages and backgrounds.
Owners Pat and Howard Fleischmann spread community-building values both inside and outside of their stores. Around the community, Community Tire Pros promotes kindness and service through three programs designed to give back. First, there’s the Community Tire Salsa Garden. Located just across the street from Community Tire’s main office, the garden serves as a renewable resource and an educational tool for local families.
“We work with Mother Nature to assist in the education and engagement of building and growing friendliness!” Pat Fleischmann.
In the garden, Community Tire Pros uses recycled tires and other materials to help grow fresh vegetables for the surrounding community. In 2014, the business gave away more than 1500 pounds of vegetables to volunteers and neighbors. Throughout the growing season, local schools and children’s groups can come to the garden to learn about the environment, recycling and giving back.
Along with other local businesses, Community Tire Pros also contributes to a program called Helping Hands for Single Moms. Helping Hands provides local single mothers with a reliable vehicle to help them travel from work, school, their children’s activities and everywhere else they need to be in their busy lives. “We participate in two or more giveaways a year,” says Howard Fleishmann. “It’s so heartfelt to give these moms the keys.”
Finally, there’s a new program that Community Tire Pros just launched this winter. Under the Hood – another fitting title – collects and distributes hoodies to kids and young adults in need. This year, the program placed a special focus on LGBTQ teens and raised awareness for One-N-Ten, a group that works to boost acceptance of and prevent suicide among the young LGBTQ community.
Within the stores, Pat and Howard encourage their employees to show this same kindness through the Above and Beyond program. Each time that a customer reports a great customer service experience with an employee, that employee earns a “token.” Employees can trade 20 tokens for a paid day off, or they can enter their tokens into drawings for prizes like a flat screen TV, plane tickets, a weekend getaway and more.
“We all win with employees who love their job and the employer who gets a constant flow of new clients to impress,” says Pat.
At this small business, community isn’t just in the name – it’s in all the work that they do. For more information about Community Tire Pros, visit www.communitytirepros.com.
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