Community involvement and charitable contributions have always been a part of the Voyles family commitment to the greater Atlanta area. Our organization has always been very involved with the community because we strongly believe in giving back and investing in our community.
The Ed Voyles Automotive Group is proud to sponsor the Teacher of the Year Program for the Cobb County and Marietta City School Districts. Each year, the three (3) Teacher of the Year winners for the Cobb County School District as well as the winner from the Marietta City School District is given a free car to drive for a year. Should any of those four recipients win at the State level, they are given the car permanently. In addition, we offer free oil changes and discounted parts and service work to all Cobb County school district employees and their families.
We are annual partners in the major fundraising efforts of the United Way, the March of Dimes, the American Red Cross and MUST Ministries. Additionally, we provide annual support to the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. We offer matching contributions to monies raised by an employee for any charitable organization he or she supports. Most recently, we were the major sponsor in the fundraising efforts at Ashford Park Elementary for their Outdoor Classroom and the Montgomery Elementary School STEM Program.
The Voyles children – Valery, Ben and Bill – are all very involved in various charities and are Board members of many worthy organizations including The Shepherd Center, Cumberland Academy, the Cobb Energy Performing Art Centre and the March of Dimes. In addition to donating their personal time and efforts to those causes, they personally support their fundraising efforts. In addition to their personal sponsorships, the Ed Voyles Automotive Group supports those fundraising efforts as well.
Outdoor Classroom, Amphitheater & Plaza at Ashford Park Elementary School
Cutting the ribbon to open the new Outdoor Classroom, Amphitheater & Plaza
Valery Voyles, Chairman/CEO of Ed Voyles Automotive Group; LaShawn McMillan, Principal at Ashford Park Elementary School and Shawn Keefe, President of the Ashford Park School Education Foundation (APSEF) attended the ribbon cutting celebration and Grand Opening of a new Outdoor Classroom, Amphitheater & Plaza at Ashford Park Elementary School in Brookhaven, on May 3rd, 2014.
In the fall of 2013, the APSEF partnered with URUUT, a robust fundraising platform and together with an outpouring of community support raised $106,450. According to the APSEF, studies show that hands-on science lessons and outdoor curriculum increases students understanding and helps them retain knowledge of important subjects, like science and math. The outdoor classroom will also double as an amphitheater that will showcase student theatrical productions, school lectures, and a range of community-wide events.
“The Team at Ed Voyles Automotive is proud to be a part of the community. We at Ed Voyles are very much about education and challenge other businesses to get involved in supporting their local schools”, Ms Voyles told those attending the Grand Opening.
Bill Brantley, President/COO at Ed Voyles expressed the pride he and the entire Ed Voyles team feel by being part of community education initiatives: “We believe in education, it’s our future. We want to be a part of giving these children the best opportunities so that we can build a bigger, better, stronger America moving forward. Education is the foundation of that.”
Ed Voyles Drives Montgomery’s STEAM Efforts Full Speed Ahead
May 12, 2014 -- Ed Voyles Automotive Group became a driving force for Montgomery Elementary School when the company donated $30,000.00 to the school enrichment foundation, The Mustang Fund. The Ed Voyles donation pushes Montgomery’s STEAM fundraising to more than $100,000 toward their ultimate goal of raising $150,000 for the initiative.
“Corporate responsibility and giving back to the communities where we live and work is a large part of the Voyles’ culture,” said Valery Voyles, Chairman and CEO of Ed Voyles. “Education is the future and a passion of our organization.”
“On behalf our board, we are so appreciative of this donation which enables us to take a huge step forward in getting Montgomery Elementary STEAM-ready,” said Mustang Fund and Foundation President Tim Halloran, “It will go toward establishing a fully functioning science lab, technology integration in classrooms, and continuing education in STEAM related subjects for our teachers.”
Montgomery Elementary School announced its plan to become STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) certified in 2013. To date, only three schools in the state of Georgia have achieved STEM certification. Whereas the official state designation is STEM certified, Montgomery’s program will include an Arts component due to the importance of creativity in emerging technology and the existing strength and emphasis on their fine arts program (STEAM). The Mustang Fund is a non-profit 501c-3 foundation whose mission is to support enhancements for the Montgomery Elementary School by enriching the learning environment in every classroom. The fund relies upon individual contributions, corporate donations, and community fundraising events to achieve its mission.
For more information on Montgomery Elementary School’s Mustang Fund and to watch a short video on the school’s STEAM initiative, please visit www.mustangfundinc.com.