Fostering a Child’s Independence
Gives Them the Gift of a Future
Support the Reed Nissan Cars For Kids Giveaway
Today in Central Florida, an estimated 3,000 children and young adults are in the care of the foster care system. Each year dozens of these young people turn 18, and legally “age out” of that system, without ever being adopted.
Despite tough odds and a quick transition to adulthood, these kids find a way to thrive… but that doesn’t mean they don’t need our help. Transportation is critical to helping them continue their education, get a good job – and to successfully start independent lives.
Reed Nissan works closely on a number of projects with Community Based Care of Central Florida, which oversees the region’s foster care system. According to the organization’s CEO, Glen Casel, “The CBCCFL helps the dealership identify the winning students based upon their proven character and determination to succeed against the odds.” The Reed family in Orlando and general manager Aaron Hill have personal connections to adoption, foster care and mentoring. Reed Nissan’s Cars for Kids Giveaway, in partnership with CBCCFL, is committed to giving local foster youth the hand up they need to succeed. We are proud to support CBCCFL’s Youth Transitional Services program, which is designed to fill the gaps for those who do not have forever families to support and guide them.
“Dependable car ownership can empower young people as they transition out of the foster care system to self-sufficiency,” says Hill. “Owning a car could mean pursuing additional academic study, obtaining desirable employment or performing public service. We hope it helps these two deserving young people move onto the next chapter of their lives, wherever that may be.”
Last year Reed Nissan surprised two deserving young people with something they never dreamed they’d have, a car of their own. Talk about making a difference! Dependable transportation has allowed Jasmine to continue to pursue her dream of a college degree (she also serves as a mentor to current foster kids); and has been a life-changer for busy Bernard, a single father working two jobs while also taking college courses.
This year, with your help, we’ve done it again!
How can you help?
- Become a MENTOR. Your support and influence as a role model for a child, teen or young adult provides an invaluable foundation to keep him or her moving forward to a future full of promise.
- FOSTER PARENTING gives you the opportunity to provide a stable home for young people with oftentimes challenging backgrounds and experiences. With your assistance, they can prevail through these life-altering experiences with strength and pride.
- ADOPTION gives you the most rewarding opportunity to build a safe, loving home for a youth in need of a forever family.
- Your FINANCIAL SUPPORT helps protect and remove vulnerable children from unsafe circumstances, and helps foster youth transition into adulthood with the tools, training and self-determined independence to become valued citizens in our communities.
2016 Cars for Kids Giveaway
On August 23, 2016, two new deserving individuals who have come through the foster system received cars from Reed Nissan. The dealership once again donated two new Nissan vehicles to a pair of deserving students through their 2nd annual “Cars for Kids Giveaway.” The brand-new 2016 Nissan Sentras, including paid taxes, were given away to two students who are currently part of the foster care system in Central Florida. Two women received the surprising good news: Amelia, 21, is a single mother of two. In addition to being a part-time student, she also works as a preschool teacher. Without family nearby to rely upon and an unreliable vehicle, getting to work and class on time has been difficult. This new car will help keep her family safe, while allowing Amelia to continue to make a better life for herself and her two sons. Melissa, 21, is currently a student at Palm Beach State College studying early childhood education. With no family nearby, Melissa was forced to rely on friends and public transit to get around – a constant challenge to get to class and work on time because of often spotty bus service. After missing many classes and work shifts, and her education and employment were put in jeopardy, she was pressured into purchasing a car with a predatory loan rate of 24%. Having a new car will free Melissa from crushing debt and stress and allow her to focus on completing her education while affording her basic needs. “Our work with Community Based Care is incredibly important to us, and we again wanted to focus on the region’s foster care system,” says Reed Nissan general manager Aaron Hill. “Owning a car could mean pursuing additional academic study, obtaining desirable employment or performing public service. We hope it helps these two deserving young people move onto the next chapter of their lives, wherever that may be.”
2015 Cars for Kids Giveaway
On September 28, 2015, Reed Nissan donated two cars to young adults served by Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBCCF) in the dealership’s first-ever Cars For Kids giveaway. Jasmine, 19, and Bernard, 24, were surprised by the gift of 2015 Nissan Sentras. Jasmine is a former foster youth and currently in CBCCF’s Independent Living program, which teaches her important life skills as she transitions into adulthood. Bernard is a single father and a former foster youth who receives guidance from a CBCCF mentor. He works two jobs and attends college, but had difficulty getting around without a car. When Aaron Hill, managing partner of Reed Nissan and Reed Nissan Clermont, heard Jasmine and Bernard’s stories, he knew that Reed Nissan could lend a hand. “As business leaders and mentors in our community, it is imperative that we do our part to care for the children who grow into adults with the assistance of Community Based Care of Central Florida,” said Hill, who is also a CBCCF mentor. “Jasmine and Bernard were struggling without transportation. By giving these young adults cars, we’re helping to break down some of the barriers they face.” Reed Nissan plans to continue helping the children and young adults served by CBCCF.