Wise F&I always strives to give back to our community.
Here is a snapshot of Wise F&I in action:
Wise F&I Blood Drive – August
A special thank you to our Wise F&I Team, who donated blood during our American Red Cross Blood Drive! Together, we were able to help save over 50 lives!
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood for surgeries, cancer treatments, childbirth, anemia, serious injuries, blood disorders, and more. The generous blood donation can make a difference to millions of Americans. In fact, a one-time blood donation can save up to three lives!
St. Louis Children’s Hospital Toy Drive – July
Wise F&I’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Rob Berger’s son, Charlie, hosted his 5th annual toy drive for the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The donated toys are used year-round to help celebrate important milestones like birthdays, anniversaries, or the end of treatments. They are also used as rewards after the young patients complete a difficult task or procedure during their treatments. The WiseCARES! team was able to help donate over six boxes full of exciting toys!
Stray Rescue of St. Louis – July
Our WiseCARES! Team volunteered at the Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Stray Rescue seeks out and takes in animals that no other organization will. They take the abandoned, beaten, bred, fought, injured, terrified, defeated and betrayed. From the moment these animals enter the shelter, their lives are forever changed by the amount of love and care they will begin to receive.
The WiseCARES! Team was able to walk multiple dogs around the area, help with laundry keeping, and of course play with some cats and dogs. A special thank you to Grant, the Director of Corporate Volunteers, for taking time out to show us around and share the exciting news of Stray Rescue’s new future home development.
Woman’s Safe House – May
The Women’s Safe House is the oldest and largest organization in the St. Louis area dedicated to helping women and children impacted by domestic violence. The Women’s Safe House offers the support services needed to help empower women to escape violence and get the help they need to make informed choices.
The WiseCARES! Team helped to sort and organize a large array of donations. They also had the opportunity to assist in the woman’s boutique by folding and hanging new clothing and shoe donations. The Team learned a lot about the Safe House services and how they provide a wonderful escape for women and children in need.
Annual Season of Giving – December
Each holiday season, Wise F&I completes a campaign of giving. This year, our selected charities were the St. Louis Crisis Nursery and the Vision Warriors Foundation. With a monetary collection from Wise F&I employees, plus a company match, we were able to make an impactful donation.
Another part of our giving campaign, includes the involvement from a select group of agent partners. Wise F&I extends the option, for this group, to select a charity of choice for us to make a donation in their name. Many agents choose to donate their share to Wise F&I’s selected charity. This is a way for Wise F&I to help give back to charities from all across our country. This season of giving, Wise F&I was able to make donations to the following charities:
- Vision Warriors Foundation
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
- Collin’s Cure
- Toys 4 Tots
- Jewish Community Alliance, Maine
- Little Hooves Rescue
- American Brain Foundations
- Tunnel to Towers
- Stark County Humane Society
- St. Louis Crisis Nursery
- Ronald McDonald House
We can’t say thank you enough for all the generosity we received this holiday season. Our contributions are more than just gifts; they are gifts that continue giving even after the holidays.
Ronald McDonald House – November
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis provides families of seriously ill children with comfort, care and a home-away-from-home at a time when it matters most. The Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms allow families to remain close and focus on what is most important – the health of their child.
The WiseCARES! Team prepared a meal including red sauce pasta, breadsticks, caesar salad, veggie tray, and cookies. Our President & CEO Matt Croak, pre-cooked pork loins and brought them in hot off the grill.
It was great cooking with team members and serving our community. We were able to provide a meal that serviced over 40 guests.
St. Louis Food Banks – September
The St. Louis Foodbank provides meals across 26 counties in Missouri and Illinois by distributing food to more than 392,000 people every year. The WiseCARES! Team was able to help in the distribution warehouse to repackage and sort through produce items. Within two hours of volunteering, we were able to help provide over 6,000 meals to those in need.
Season of Giving – December
Each holiday season, Wise F&I completes a campaign of giving. This year, our selected charities were Toys For Tots and Feed My People. With a monetary collection from Wise F&I employees, plus a company match, we were able to donate more than any previous year. We are proud of our employees for continuing to give back during this unprecedented year.
Another part of our campaign of giving, includes the involvement from a select group of agents. Wise F&I extends the option, for this group, to select a charity of choice for us to make a donation in their name. Many agents choose to donate their share to Wise F&I’s selected charity, Pedal The Cause. This is a way for Wise F&I to help give back to charities from all across our country. This season of giving, Wise F&I was able to make donations to the following charities:
- Pedal the Cause
- Rocky Mountain Childhood Cancer foundation
- Village of Hope Lawrenceville, Inc.
- Mary’s Residential Training School
- Cathedral High School St. Cloud, MN
- Arlington Charities
- Northwest Indiana Families for Effective Autism Treatment
- Toys for Tots
- Make-A-Wish (Arizona)
- St. Jude’s Hospital
Giving Hope – December 2020
Our friends at Premier Automotive Group, with the help of Southern Auto Dealer Resources, are doing great things to benefit their community during these uncertain times. We will continue supporting our partners and Giving Hope, with the aim of making a difference, together. Wise F&I is proud to see our partners giving back!
26th Annual Ed Morse MDA Golf Classic – November 2020
Wise F&I’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Matt Croak and Southeast Account Executive, Jeff Ravlin played in the annual Ed Morse Golf Classic to help raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. As a Divot Tool Sponsor, Wise F&I was able to help provide resources for families.
Saint Louis Strong Banner – August 2020
Fast Signs was able to print a 20-foot banner as a symbol of hope and community during this rather unusual year. With the purchase of this banner, we were able to provide about 200 meals to the St. Louis food banks.
COVID-19 Care Packages – August 2020
Wise F&I wants to spread joy and help to decrease the spread of COVID-19. We stocked up on gaiter masks with filters and anti-bacterial sanitizer sprays and gifted them to agents, partnerships and all employees.
F&I Providers Relief Fund For F&I Managers – May 2020
Wise F&I was a proud sponsor and founding donor for the F&I Providers Relief Fund. This fund allowed for F&I Managers, who were greatly affected by COVID-19, to apply for a grant in hopes to help relieve any financial burdens.
Australia Donation Luncheon – January 2020
Wise F&I hosted a luncheon to raise money for the fires in Australia. With the help of the entire Wise F&I team, we were able to collect a generous amount of funds to help get the bushfires under control.
Miles For California
Wise F&I and Mid America Logistics paired up to give much-needed support to those affected by the California wildfires. We collected non-perishable food items and healthcare products to provide for the wildfire survivors. Wise F&I and Mid America Logistics delivered truckloads of these goods to the affected areas in Northern California.
Bocce for Bambinos
Playing bocce at Milo’s Tavern on the Hill to raise funds for St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Heath Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Holiday Donations for Our Troops and Adopted Family
Each holiday season we participate in a Trifecta of Giving to collect items/donations to send to troops and our adopted family.
We Support CAMP RAINBOW
Annually we have participated in the Camp Rainbow Walk-A-Thon.
Camp Rainbow services children with cancer and blood-related diseases.
Girl Scout Cookies
Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies! We do our part by support the daughters of our team members who are part of a troop, and we also send cookies overseas to our military troops.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House St. Louis has three locations to serve families in need. These houses provide a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. We volunteered at one of the Ronald McDonald Houses and provided a dinner for the families staying there.
Flood Relief in Texas
Whenever there is a natural disaster, we try to do our part to help by supplying items for people in need. The flood that occurred in June in Texas was no different. We collected toiletries and shelf-stable food to help aid the flood relief efforts.
Wishing On A Ride
Wishing On A Ride is an organization, through cooperation with the Make A Wish Foundation, that provides powerboat rides for children and their families dealing with serious illness and disabilities. Read more in the LakeExpo.com.