The Automotive Aftermarket Charitable Foundation (AACF) is taking immediate action to expand urgent storm response efforts for aftermarket families in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
“We are actively working with SEMA (the Specialty Equipment Market Association), the Auto Care Association, and others to continue identifying aftermarket families in urgent need, and a number of families have already been provided with urgent funding,” says AACF President Bob Hirsch. “We understand that many are still without power and basic supplies, so we’ve also launched a simple application on our website to make it easier for families to apply and receive help using a mobile device.”
AACF has recently allocated $250,000 from its reserve funds to address the needs of families in storm-affected areas in addition to donations received, as historic hurricane events and flooding continue in many areas of the country.
“Aftermarket families are going to need a lot of help,” says Joel Ayres, executive director of AACF. “With tens of thousands displaced, and more than seven million people currently without power in Florida alone, it’s clear this is going to be a long road of recovery. Hurricane Harvey recovery has just begun, hurricane Irma is still moving through the country, and the progression of hurricane Jose continues. Now more than ever, we humbly ask for the continued support of our industry – donations of any amount are welcome.”
“We owe sincere thanks to many organizations that have contributed generously to our mission including SEMA, Auto Care Association, the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), National Pronto, XL Parts, and Automotive Parts Services Group (The Group),” Ayres continues.
“We are deeply grateful for other organizations that have generously donated, arranged fund drives and matching gifts campaigns like CAWA, Auto Care Association, Mighty Auto Parts, XL Parts, Custom Automotive Network (formerly PWA), Engine Performance Warehouse, The Shop, Standard Motor Products, Race Winning Brands (RWB) and others,” says Ayres.
“On behalf of our team, our thoughts and prayers are with all those who suffer during this profound time of crisis,” says Ayres.
AACF will provide additional updates on this initiative as they become available. To learn more, contact aacfi.org.