PEORIA, Arizona — Blood, sweat and tears are all part of a day's work at Arrowhead Honda.
The dealership's community-service outreach includes blood drives and donating to Phoenix-area schools, which regularly prompts tears from teachers and students alike.
For every car sold, a set percentage goes into a pot that will be distributed through its Teacher's Tab program, Jill Chafitz, the dealership's customer-relations manager, told Edmunds.
"Arrowhead Honda recognizes that teachers often reach into their own pockets to fulfill school supply and special-project needs," Chafitz said.
Teachers or school personnel may request online up to $1,000 for various projects, explaining in 1,000 words or fewer how they would use the donation.
Chafitz receives 30 to 40 requests per month.
Recently the dealership picked up the tab for a robotics team, bought new books for a library and outfitted a start-up after-school sports program with equipment.
"The kids and the teacher were crying when they saw the balls and the hula hoops," Chafitz said.
Chafitz tries to surprise the teachers and when she visits, she reminds the students about the dealership's donation, helping market the dealership to a potential future customer.
"I do hear a lot of customers come in and announce they are teachers, so they know about the program and if they don't, they see our wall that is dedicated to teachers," she said. "It's our opportunity to give back."
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