Lazydays Employee Foundation and Wheels of Success Partner to Provide the “Keys to Success” to a
Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
Tampa, FL - August 29, 2018 - Staff from Lazydays Employee Foundation and Wheels of Success gathered for a special car presentation to an 18-year-old college student and former foster care youth. Wheels of Success provides personal transportation solutions by partnering with the community in a circle of support and this presentation is a perfect example of their mission in action.
Thanks to a car donation from a local resident along with funding for the repairs through a grant from the Lazydays Employee Foundation a vehicle was available to be matched with one of the many applicants in need of transportation to keep working and sustain their independence. As we all know, car insurance for first-time teenage driver is extremely expensive. Fortunately, the Lazydays Employee Foundation also covered a portion of Chelsey’s insurance making this all possible.
The presentation took place at Lazydays RV located at 6130 Lazy Days Blvd., Sefner, FL 33584. Accompanying Chelsey to the presentation was her Guardian ad Litem who has been instrumental in helping her to navigate the process of becoming a first-time car owner as well as a full-time college student. Chelsey is enrolled at St. Petersburg College and like most 18-year-old freshman she is contemplating her future and what she wants to major in. Chelsey has endured many hardships despite her young age. Her father passed away when she was just 15 and her mother became homeless which is how Chelsey found herself in the foster care system. Rather than feel sorry for herself, she focused on her studies and successfully obtained her GED. She also landed a part time job and excelled at her position as a server.
Chelsey maintains a positive outlook and continues to do whatever is necessary to achieve her goals of independence and self-sufficiency. As the cover was removed from her “new to her” 1998 Lexus ES 300 in great condition with very low mileage, Chelsey was bubbling with excitement. The onlookers could not help but smile as the “keys to success” were handed to Chelsey and she carefully checked out her car for her first time. Wheels of Success maintains monthly contact with all of their participants and we look forward to following Chelsey through her journey as well as providing regular updates on her milestones and achievements!
You can download event photos here and video footage of the presentation can be viewed here.
Wheels of Success accepts vehicle donations in any condition running or not and provides free towing through their partnership with AAA Auto Group. You receive the greatest tax advantage for your donation because we try not to sell your car at auction but present it to a family so you can deduct the fair market value of the vehicle. To make a vehicle donation or to donate funds for vehicle repairs, please call (813) 4980115, or visit www.wheelsofsuccess.org.
In 2005, the employees of Lazydays created the Lazydays Employee Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Lazydays Employee Foundation, supported by payroll contributions from Lazydays’ employees, has contributed more than $1.7 million to make many historic changes for at-risk children in the Tampa Bay, Tucson, Denver and Northern Colorado communities.
The Foundation supports the Lazydays House at A Kid’s Place, Lazydays Homeless Youth Program, Ybor Youth Clinic and Tampa Bay Youth Outreach. Most recently, the Foundation built the first house in the newly opened Bridging Freedom program that aids women who are victims of human trafficking. In addition, the Foundation contributes to various local charities, including the R.I.C.H. House, the Joshua House, Lots of Hugs Learning Center and the Women’s Resource Center, among others.
Lazydays, The RV Authority®, is an iconic brand in the RV industry. Home of the world’s largest recreational dealership, based on 126 acres outside of Tampa, Florida, Lazydays RV also has dealerships located in Tucson, Arizona; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Loveland, Denver and Longmont, Colorado. Offering the nation’s largest selection of leading RV brands, Lazydays RV features more than 2,700 new and pre-owned RVs, 350 service bays and two on-site campgrounds with over 700 RV campsites. Lazydays also has rental fleets in Florida, Colorado and Minnesota. In addition, Lazydays RV Accessories & More stores offer thousands of accessories and hard-to-find parts at all of our dealership locations.
Since 1976, Lazydays has built a reputation for providing an outstanding customer experience with exceptional service and product expertise, along with being a preferred place to rest and recharge with other RVers. Lazydays consistently provides the best RV purchase, service, rental and ownership experience, which is why more than a half-million RVers and their families visit Lazydays every year, making it their “home away from home.”
Lazydays Holdings, Inc. is a publicly listed company on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker “LAZY.”