APPLETON, Wis. — Matthews Tire donated a total of $8,000 to the Wisconsin Veterans Association after their 17th Oil Change for the Better event, held May 24-28 at all six of their locations.
“We have big plans for helping to bring veterans together as a community here,” Executive Director John Maino shared. “This money doesn’t go to overhead or to pay salaries. It goes directly to the veterans and to their experience. It’s grassroots efforts like this that make what we do possible. Thank you.”
For every regular priced oil change performed during Oil Change for the Better, Matthews Tire pledged to donate $15 to the Veterans Village. Money raised through Oil Change for the Better will support the Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin (NCW) Veteran’s Career Services & Community Center located within the Veterans Village which helps residents secure employment and financial support.
“This Oil Change for the Better resulted in our highest donation yet,” said Trevor Rezner, president of Matthews Tire. “After touring the Veterans Village myself, I am excited and proud to support the growth of this hidden gem right down the street.”
Oil Change for the Better is a semi-annual, weeklong charity event held by Matthews Tire. This May was Matthews Tire’s 17th fundraising event in nine years. Matthews Tire has raised $65,955 for various local non-profits including Fox Valley Humane Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Salvation Army, Disabled American Veterans Transportation Program, Catalpa Health’s Race for a Reason, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Golden House, Old Glory Honor Flight, Saving Paws Animal Rescue, Walleyes for Kids, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk, Child Care Resource and Referral of the Fox Valley, SOAR Fox Cities, WisconSibs, the Breast Cancer Family Foundation, six local food pantries and now, Wisconsin Veterans Village Association.
Wisconsin Veteran Village Association is a nonprofit organization that seeks to create a first-of-its-kind VETERANS VILLAGE that provides housing, support, and community to veterans throughout their lifespan, as they live among fellow veterans in a veteran-centric culture. Located at the Outagamie County Housing Authority Glenpark Campus in Appleton, veterans have easy access to the John H. Bradley Veterans Clinic, Fox Valley Technical College, Fox Valley Veterans Council, and Tri-County Dental, all within walking-distance. For more information, visit wisvva.org.
Matthews Tire is a locally owned tire and automotive service provider with locations in Appleton–East and West, Green Bay, Menasha, Fond du Lac and Waupaca. For more information, visit matthewstire.com.
(Left to right) Wisconsin Veterans Village Association Director of Development Kimberly Massey and Executive Director John Maino, Matthews Tire Vice President/Controller Jennifer Brockman, Vice President/HR Manager Debbie Duesing and President Trevor Rezner