Sheehy Auto Stores has been proudly serving the communities of our many locations since 1966. Sheehy has given back to multiple not for profits in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Richmond and surrounding areas. Scroll down to learn about organizations we have donated to recently and some that we have donated to in the past. There are many organizations that we are involved with annually and we encourage you to get involved as well! The more we all give back, the better the communities we live will be.
Grab your smartwatch and lace up those walking shoes because Wednesday April 5th is National Walking Day! National Walking Day is a day dedicated to getting up and getting moving. Throughout this day the American Heart Association is encouraging everyone to take a few minutes out of their busy day to go for a walk and get some steps in.
Physical activity is crucial for maintaining a long and heart healthy life. In fact, according to the American Heart Association the average adult should be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week. Getting 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity every week can feel daunting but it doesn’t have to be! Moderate intensity physical activity includes fast paced walking, dancing, water aerobics, or going for a leisurely bike ride. The important thing is to simply get moving and to elevate your heart rate. With moderate intensity physical activity you should still be able to hold a conversation but your heart should be beating faster and you should be breathing harder than normal. If you’re looking to start your journey to living a healthier life, let National Walking Day be your motivator! Grab your friends, co-workers, neighbors, or family and go for a walk during the day, or make a plan to go to a workout class at your gym. Having people go on this journey to a heart healthier lifestyle makes it so much easier to stay committed.
This year for National Walking Day all our Sheehy Auto Stores locations will be competing against each other for an all-day step challenge! Each store will receive a couple pedometers from the American Heart Association and they are going to be walking all day to try and rack up as many steps as possible. We’re also going to be having a National Walking Day event at The St. James in Springfield Virginia! If you or your family are members of The St. James, we’d love for you to come join us from 8:30am until 12pm for a full day of heart healthy activities. There will be a heart healthy workout class, a healthy eating demonstration at The St. James’s café Vim & Victor, CPR demonstrations and a walking tour of the state-of-the-art workout facility! Whether you come to one of these activities or all these activities, we hope you can join us for some of these National Walking Day festivities. If you can’t join us in person for these activities, you can join us virtually! Simply post on your social media or to the American Heart Association of Greater Washington’s social media accounts (using the hashtag #sheehyhasheart) the different ways you’re staying active and moving.
Sheehy Subaru donated blankets and coloring kits to children at the Schar Cancer Institute as part of the Subaru Loves to Care initiative. As part of this initiative Subaru retailers across the country donate to various cancer centers in their backyards. These donations support kids and families during the hardest moments in their lives. Subaru of Springfield chose the Schar Cancer Institute as their partner because they are an affiliate of Inova and a state-of-the-art cancer center in the Washington DC area. They help hundreds of people every year and we’re so thrilled that Sheehy Subaru was able to help the institute and the people they support. We know that these donations will make these kids feel special and help them as they fight for their lives.
In 2022, Sheehy Hagerstown partnered with WDVM and their Gift of Giving Program to support the many charitable organizations and nonprofits in their Hagerstown communities. As a part of this partnership, WDVM connects Sheehy Hagerstown with various non-profit organizations in the community in need of additional assistance. Each month, Sheehy Hagerstown works with a different non-profit in the community, providing them with a $1,500 donation or $1,500 worth of needed supplies. Throughout 2022, Sheehy Hagerstown donated to the Education Foundation of WCPS, Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, Reach of Washington County, and the HomeSweetHome Foundation.
Education Foundation of WCPS
The Education Foundation of WCPS is a nonprofit organization comprised of parents, business, civic leaders, and WCPS staff that works to enhance education for all students in Washington Public Schools. They work to provide resources to educators and schools that support innovative teaching and learning. Sheehy Hagerstown recently donated $1500 towards their Innovative Grants program that provides funds to teachers for their innovative and creative educational projects. This program allows educators to think outside the box and provide an enriching and exciting learning experience to their students. Some past winners have been for chemistry model kits, a high school advanced hair and skin analysis project, a 3D printing and cortical vision impairment project, and a picnic tables with a purpose project. The Innovative Grants program has been around for over 10 years, and we’re so excited that Sheehy Hagerstown was able to be a part of funding these fun educational projects.
Boys and Girls Club of Washington County
The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County is a non-profit organization dedicated to enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. They provide a safe place for children to learn and grow, build ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, and participate in life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. These experiences focus on a variety of things including academics, character and leadership and health and well-being. Sheehy Hagerstown was able to donate $1500 to The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County to support summer camp scholarships and additional operational expenses of the organization. We’re so happy to support an organization that is helping the most vulnerable of our children to grow into thoughtful and productive members of our Hagerstown community.
Reach of Washington County
Reach of Washington County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and strengthen the community by preventing and resolving homelessness in Washington County. They work to empower individuals and families to move towards independence and stability through compassion, education, and advocacy resources. They have been serving Washington County for 32 years through their various programs. These programs range from providing a safety net for people to providing them with ful