Serra Toyota Community Involvement
Serra Toyota in Birmingham, Alabama isn’t just a dealership, it is a part of the community. It helps provide vehicles for local drivers, but it is more than just a place that sells cars. We work hard to be a respected and helpful addition to the city. Our various dealerships work together to help the community through donations and event participation. Without Serra Toyota's community involvement, we would be just another dealership trying to make money without caring for the community that supports them. We have a very strong and successful relationship with the Birmingham community.
We make contributions to give back to the communities in which we operate. Estimated total from 2014 - 2017: $330,109.
We Support Our Community
Three Hots and a Cot
As a part of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program, Serra Toyota helped with was the Three Hots & A Cot event. “Three Hots and a Cot” is a military term that refers to three meals and a bed. Three Hots and a Cot is an organization in Birmingham that provides services for homeless veterans. This organization is not a homeless shelter, but a gateway to independence. They house 30 men and women each night and provide over 1,200 trips to the VA hospital, over 10,000 nights for shelter and 29,565 meals for the veterans. Serra Toyota joined the cause in their event in January 2014. They donated a Toyota Sienna that was filled with supplies needed to run the house as well as a $2,000 donation to help this charity.
JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
Serra Toyota of Birmingham and JDRF Alabama teamed up for a May, June & July Sneaker Campaign. Serra Toyota would donate $5 for every new AND pre-owned vehicle sold. Over the course of the three months Serra Toyota sold 1,086 units! General Sales Manager John McDonald presented JDRF rep Anna Rambo with a check in the amount of $5,430! Serra Toyota is thrilled to donate to the JDRF. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the global leading organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF funds more diabetes research than any other non-governmental health agency in the world. Since its inception more than 40 years ago, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to type 1 diabetes research. In a typical year nearly 85% of every dollar raised goes directly to diabetes research and education.
Rory Stuffed Animal Drive
From December 4th - December 9th for each unit sold, Serra Toyota and Serra Mazda donated $22 to purchase a Rory stuffed animal. We were able to purchase 70 Rory stuffed animals that will be donated to Children’s Hospital in the coming days.
The Lovelady Center
Serra Toyota annually participates in purchasing Christmas toys for the Lovelady Center. The Lovelady Center provides a home, food, clothing, counseling, medical care, child care and so much more for over 400 women over 100 children in our area.
Serra Toyota Helps Birmingham Community
First Responders Lunch
Serra Toyota hosts an Annual First Responders Lunch to celebrate the men and women who work so hard for our community. For the 2017 lunch, we hosted over 100 guests. This lunch included catering by Dreamland BBQ and a raffle for the participants with prizes like a Smart LED TV, Yeti Roadie Cooler, and $50 Gift Cards. The invitation was extended to all First Responders and their immediate families.
New Car Giveaway
Another event that Serra Toyota participates in, is a yearly vehicle giveaway. This event is held to honor the memory of Christina Heichelbech, who was killed in the tornadoes that devastated the Birmingham area in January 2012. She had an exceptional academic record which had earned her a full tuition scholarship Auburn University. Serra Toyota has created this event to be able to award a local senior with academic excellence a new car. The 2017-2018 school year will be the 6th consecutive year that Serra Toyota has given away a new vehicle to a local high school senior
Crooning for Critters
Serra Automotive sponsors Crooning for Critters where Birmingham professionals sing on behalf of homeless animals. The donations go for the benefit and general welfare of animals and organizations dedicated to the care of animals. Serra Toyota has sponsored this charity for 5 years. In 2016, our very own Customer Relations Manager Meghan Barnes and her singing partner Katie Cox were crowned Critter Idols.
Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama
Serra Toyota has been a longtime supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama. The Boys and Girls Club helps provide facilities, programs and leadership to encourage all youth to develop and achieve their maximum potential. Steve Serra (a lifetime board member) and Serra Toyota have been supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama for many years. Serra Toyota was honored to celebrate CEO Thomas "Coach" Cleckler. Coach will be retiring after 38 years of dedicated service. Serra Toyota presented Coach with a check in the amount of $10,000. Steve Serra has also promised a commitment of $50,000 over the next 5 years to the Boys & Girls Club of Central Alabama in honor of CEO Mr. Tom "Coach" Clecker. It is a privilege to help out such a wonderful local cause.
Prison Valley High School Football Program
Serra Toyota helps sponsor the Pinson Valley High School Football Program, they even have their logo on the football field. The 2017 football season marks the 5th year Serra Toyota has been a Corporate sponsor.
Annually, Serra Toyota has collected toys for the Lovelady Center, an organization that keeps women out of prison and keeps women from re-entering prison. The center provides tools that help women enter society as productive and established individuals. In 2016 Serra Toyota purchased over $1600 worth of toys that were divided evenly among Sugar Plum Shop and Lovelady Center. Serra Toyota would also like to thank Target Trussville for offering a “buy one, get 1 ½ off” for every toy we purchased.
Sugar Plum Toy Shop
Serra Toyota has collected toys for the Sugar Plum Toy Shop, an organization that collects toys for families who have to spend the holidays at the hospital. More than 500 kids benefit from the Sugar Plum Toy Shop annually. In 2016 Serra Toyota purchased over $1600 worth of toys that were divided evenly among Sugar Plum Shop and Lovelady Center. Serra Toyota would also like to thank Target Trussville for offering a “buy one, get 1 ½ off” for every toy we purchased.
Grace House Ministries
Serra Toyota has been a longtime supporter of the Grace House Ministries. This organization is a residential, group home facility that serves girls ages 6-21. They help provide the necessary tools to break the cycle of abuse through faith and education.
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Additional charitable contributions that we’ve made
- BADA Charity Auction
- Camp Seale Harris - Sugar Falls Day Camp Donation
- Center Point Elementary School - Adopt a Student Donation
- Huffman High School - National HOSA Competition Donation
- Huffman High School – help fund tutoring incentives
- JDRF Facebook “Like” Campaign
- JDRF Sneaker Campaign – May through July – for every new and pre owned vehicle sold Serra Toyota will donate $5
- Vestavia Hills Schools Donation
- Vestavia Lacrosse Organization
- Trussville Girls Softball Association
- COTA – Childrens Organ Transplant Association
- Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services
Serra Toyota has a long history of supporting local community events and organizations. We are thankful that we are able to share our time and resources with all of these worthy causes. If you are interested in helping us support others, call or visit Serra Toyota today! We often open up our events to the public so they can also participate. We are here for the community to provide much need support as well as vehicles for local drivers. If you are in need of a new vehicle or you need to make a service appointment, come to Serra Toyota! We aren’t just a building, we’re an organization that is proud to be a member of the Birmingham community.