Supporting the Community that Supports Business
“When a company does business in a community, it is absolutely the company’s obligation to support the organizations within that community,” says Mary Chance, who is just finishing her third year as community liaison at Jones Junction in Bel Air. Chance notes that her involvement in selecting the non-profits and charitable organizations the company supports has provided a level of focus and depth to the Jones Junction tradition of giving.
“Prior to my taking this position, the owners either didn’t know a lot about the charities they supported, or they were making decisions without the appropriate information,” she says. “Now, I can offer details that will get their attention and help them to understand exactly where their money is going.”
Celebrating its 100th year in business in Harford County, Jones Junction occupies a 45-acre campus at the corner of Harford and Bel Air Roads. Its brands include Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia dealerships. Partner Brian Kilby says the community has supported the business over the last century, and Jones Junction has been able to give back in a wide variety of ways. “We are involved in many charities and community events. Our employees sit on the boards of many organizations and volunteer throughout the county,” he explains.
Non-profit groups and charities can request help through “Jones for a Cause,” the company’s funding arm. Chance says “Jones for a Cause” fields requests every month from both the well-known local charities like the Upper Chesapeake Cancer Alliance, the Humane Society, SARC, the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Empty Stocking Fund, as well as the smaller, less publicized organizations. Jones Junction also supports charities in which its employees are involved. In fact, that’s where they expanded their breadth of support, by including less high-profile, but deserving charities, including the Harford Center, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and LASOS, an organization dedicated to providing literacy programs for non-native English speaking residents
Chance proudly reports that Jones Junction was named Philanthropist of the Year in April 2017. This award was based on the company’s history of direct gift support to
non-profits, as well as schools, homeless shelters, recovery programs and the Harford County Sheriff’s Foundation, to name a few. In 2016 alone, the Jones Junction team donated more than $200,000 to over 100 non-profit organizations. The Jones Junction partners encourage employees to get involved and to volunteer their time or money to local charities that are meaningful to them. Employees spent approximately 1,540 hours helping non-profits in their communities last year. Jones Junction will match employee monetary donations, making an even greater impact on these organizations.
For example, Jones Junction’s gifts to the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation have supported the Cancer Center’s Life Net Program that helps individuals and families cope with the physical, financial, psychological and emotional aspects of cancer. As a result of the company’s generosity, the center is now serving more than 1,500 patients, and monetary gifts have funded 40 patient nights at the Senator Bob Hooper House, an assisted living facility in Forest Hill specializing in hospice care. Residents at local shelters like the Homecoming Project, a halfway house for women in recovery, Anna’s House, a homeless shelter for women and children, and SARC, an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, have experienced the services of these organizations because of the involvement of local donors like Jones Junction and its employees.
Chance emphasizes that the company owners always look at who requests donations, especially if it is an employee. “They like to support requests for assistance from employees and their families or from the non-profit programs in which employees are involved,” she says. “Little League teams, recreation councils, fire departments, churches and individual families in need are always considered.” She says the company’s “Top 20” charities receive ongoing support, but one-time donations extend well beyond those 20 organizations.
“Jones Junction is honored to be part of what makes our community strong,” Chance says. “We designed ‘Jones for a Cause’ because we firmly believe it is our responsibility to support these dedicated programs.” I95 Content Marketing
Celebrating its 100th year in business in Harford County, Jones Junction occupies a 45-acre campus at the corner of Harford and Bel Air Roads.