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09-07-18

Easterns Automotive Group supports Evergreen Hammers Football

For years, Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) has been a generous organization that loves giving back to others and helping the people of the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community.  Eastern Motors, founded by Robert Bassam, recently teamed up to donate $1,250 and sponsor The Evergreen Hammers Youth Football Association (EHYFA) for their 2018 football season.  The Dulles Patriots and the Loudoun Lions merged together to form the Evergreen Hammers.  They are providing a unique experience to passionate youth who love the game of football.  The Evergreen Hammers are a part of the Virginia America Youth Football Alliance (VAYFA) that includes Loudoun, Prince William, Fairfax, Alexandria, Fauquier, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Counties.  On a national level, the Evergreen Hammers compete under American Youth Football (AYF) who is the largest youth football organization in the world.

If you are a fan of football, you can watch the Evergreen Hammers showcasing their skills at the Evergreen Sportsplex just outside of Leesburg, VA.  Please click here if you would like to learn more about the team, see their schedule, or find out registration information if you have a child interested in playing.

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09-04-18

Road To A Better Community – Mobile Hope Loudoun

Easterns Automotive Group continues to selflessly give through their recent partnership with WUSA 9.  The two came across an amazing nonprofit that is changing the community in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Some of you may know Loudoun County as being one of the highest-income counties in the United States.  However, this does not make it immune poverty and homelessness.  Sadly there are more than 2,200 children in the county that do not have a place to call home.  Mobile Hope of Loudoun is working diligently to change this narrative.

A woman by the name of Donna Fortier created Mobile Hope back in 2011 while she was in charge of the Mobile Health program at Inova Loudoun Hospital.  During this time, she noticed a large of amount of homeless youths in the area.  When Fortier left her job at the hospital in 2014, she made it her purpose to start a nonprofit that helps provide food, clothing, and shelter to children and young adults.  Everyone in life faces obstacles but not everyone has the tools needed to get out of a tough situation.  According to D’Andre Jamison, Mobile Hope saved his life by helping him get his life on track and enroll in Northern Virginia Community College.  He chooses to pay it forward by volunteering at Mobile Hope during his off time.

Without donations and volunteers like Jamison, it would be impossible for Mobile Hope to continue to function and prosper.  Easterns Automotive Group decided to step in and help because they two are a part of the Loudoun County community.  For those who don’t know, Easterns has their corporate office and Direct Car Buying dealership located in Sterling.  Easterns’ representative Joel Bassam presented Fortier with a $2,000 donation to help keep Mobile Hope of Loudoun going.  If you would like to learn more about Mobile Hope and find out how you too can help this great cause, please click here.

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08-29-18

Pay It Forward | The W.I.R.E.

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) have teamed up yet again to Pay It Forward to a very special cause.  The W.I.R.E. stands for Women Involved in Reentry Efforts and is a DC based nonprofit organization is doing great work in the community by helping both families and children of incarcerated women.  Depending on the situation or circumstance, children don’t get to see their mothers while they are incarnated so this organization steps in to make sure incarcerated mothers see and have a relationship with their children.  The group offers financial assistance as well as transportation for children to see their mothers.  The W.I.R.E. also offers peer support for women that are returning from being incarcerated.

The W.I.R.E is led by Tanisha Murden and Cheleta Tuckson who turned their pain into purpose because they too were previously incarcerated.  It is an ongoing struggle to keep the organization going because it is run solely on donations from generous people.  Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group stepped in to help this amazing nonprofit for the hard work and good that they do in the community.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented the group a check for $2,000 to help them with their cause.  He also gift $250 in gift cards to Donnell Chapman who shared his own personal story on the Fox 5 DC segment about growing up with an incarcerated mother.  If you would like to learn more about The W.I.R.E. and also see how you too can make a donation, please click here.

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08-09-18

Pay It Forward | Premature Widows

Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) have been very busy lately paying it forward in the DMV community.  They recently found out about a woman named Connie Gilmore who turned her own traumatic experience into a nonprofit organization to empower other women.  In 2015, Gimore lost her husband unexpectedly which left her to be a widow.  This not only was a shock but an unimaginable loss.  Gilmore knew that there had to be women out there facing the same harsh reality.  This is how she came up with the idea and formed her non-profit organization, Premature Widows.  Gilmore made it her mission to help by creating a support group of widows.  They have monthly events where all the women can come together and discuss their life, feelings, and personal struggles in a safe and comfortable place all while still having fun.  The women are able to feel comfortable because they have all been through the same journey.  There is complete respect and absolutely no judgment.

 

Through Premature Widows, Gilmore gives back and helps widows on a daily basis.  Fox 5 DC an Easterns Automotive Group made it their quest to Pay It Forward to them this time since so much is done for others.  Joel Bassam of Easterns donated $200 in gift cards to help with their next pizza party. In addition to that, Easterns will be paying for and sponsoring the rest of their monthly meet-ups in 2018.  If you would like to learn more about Premature Widows and how you can help, please click here.

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07-26-18

Pay It Forward | Hero Dogs

Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 Dc and Easterns Automotive Group teamed up once again for a special cause.  Both parties got wind of an amazing non-profit corporation in Montgomery County, Maryland that was and still is in need of some financial assistance. The mission of Hero Dogs, Inc. is to help our very own United States heroes (veterans) by providing service dogs to them free of charge.  This directly affects veterans of the U.S. military and first responders suffering from disabilities.  It’s nice to know that this corporation is doing such great work to help our nation’s heroes who have already been through and witnessed so much.  Hero Dogs also assists patients that are in need at local hospitals.

Ultimately, nobody wants to be ill or in the hospital.  Inova Loudoun Hospital has its very own Hero Dog named Jeremiah that works well with children and is specifically trained to work in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.  Animals bring a sense of comfort to patients because they are so warm and affectionate.  They bring out the joy patients need to realize that everything will be okay.

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group just knew they had to help out once they heard about all the wonderful things they are doing to bring smiles to those in need.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented a $5,000 check to Hero Dogs to help the organization continue its amazing mission.  Hero Dogs, Inc. is always looking for people to give whether it is monetary or hands on.  Click here to learn more about Hero Dogs and how you too can volunteer or donate to this great cause.

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07-16-18

Easterns Automotive Group supports Firm Foundations Romania

Firm Foundations Romania

As a staple in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community, Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) is known for being a charitable organization that gives back.  Usually Easterns tends to help out local people and organizations but this time their reach went overseas.  The Firm Foundations Romania organization caught the attention of Director of Marketing at Easterns, Joel Bassam.  This non profit is on a mission to transform the lives of disadvantaged Romanian children and families.  They do this by providing physical and educational guidance and sharing the Gospel.  No one should want to see any child suffering or in need of attention.  All children need unconditional love and support in order to prosper, grow, and be successful in life despite their upbringing or financial status.  Firm Foundations Romania is committed to providing educational opportunities for the youth and equipping them with the tools they need to serve others.  Easterns made a donation of $500 but of our course there are numerous ways to help out that aren’t monetary.  They are in search of short and long term volunteers.  Donations such as clothing, hygiene products, and school supplies are welcome and appreciated.  Please click here to find out how you can help.

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06-25-18

Pay It Forward | The Lead By Example Foundation is teaching kids the importance of health and wellness

Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC recently found an incredible organization to Pay It Forward to.  William Craig, Antonio Beard, and Jalen Thomas created the Lead By Example non-profit foundation to teach children the importance of health and fitness.  The is done by mentoring, educating, and keeping children of the District active to combat childhood obesity and help develop healthy eating habits while they are young.  The three of them are working to implement their program into schools, which would in turn replace detention, suspension, or school punishment.  Children would learn various workout programs to reduce stress.

Easterns and Fox 5 DC came together to Pay It Forward the wonderful founders of Lead By Example so that they can continue their tremendous efforts.  Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group presented $1,500 to the foundation so that 200 students can go to the Universoul Circus.  This will be a fun experience for the kids to bond and catch up with eachother out of school. The volunteers were also given $20 gas card to help transport the children.  You too can be a part of the Lead By Example Foundation.  Please click here to see how you can get involved.

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06-21-18

Pay It Forward | Celebrating a 10-Year-Old Girl that is on a mission to save gorillas

Happy June!  Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) teamed up with Fox 5 DC once again for another segment of Pay It Forward.  The two came across a young 10-year-old girl from Maryland that is doing some great things in the community by helping to save animals.  Addy Barrett created her own non-profit organization by the name of Gorilla Heroes to help the endangered mountain gorillas in Africa.  She came up with the idea to start a pie-face challenge that will help raise money for this cause.  The initial campaign took off due to Addy’s mom Sarah taking a picture of the poster that Addy created and sharing it on social media.   In the photo, Addy is holding a poster that says “Save the Gorillas!”  Addy’s site has since raised over $1,000 due to the impact of the pie-face challenge.  She got the inspiration for the challenge from the ALS Bucket Challenge.  Addy got a pie in her face every time a donation was made or a t-shirt was purchased.  People were eager to support the cause because they can see she is doing something extremely clever and charitable for her age.  While other kids her age are playing on video games or on the computer, Addy is continuing to create awareness about her cause.

Addy’s efforts caught the attention of David Singer, a member of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.  Singer praised Addy for her generous efforts and even gave her a keepsake from his trip to Rwanda where he got to see the mountain gorillas.  It’s only the beginning for Addy and her philanthropic ways.  She is set to host a Gorilla Gala on Sunday, June 23rd at A Bit Better Farm in Brookville, Maryland.  The event is intended to get kids and their families excited about the gorillas and of course learn more.  There will be games, crafts, VR Gorilla Tours, and some pie-face fun.  All proceeds from this event will go directly to The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Ellen Degeneres Wildlife Fund.

Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC got wind of the remarkable things that Addy is doing with Gorilla Heroes and wanted to do their part and contributing.  Easterns donated $500 to the Gorilla Gala along with t-shirts and a gift-card to Sakura.  Addy and her mother Sarah are looking forward to eating at their favorite restaurant.  Allison Seymour of Fox 5 DC and Joel Bassam of Easterns Automotive Group were such great sports that the two decided to take a pie in the face on live tv.  It’s all about having fun!  If you would like to donate

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05-24-18

Pay It Forward | Celebrating Military Appreciation Month at Washington Navy Yard

Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group teamed up once again, but this time in honor of Military Appreciation Month. The military is the heart of this country because they continue risk their own lives to fight for us civilians on a daily basis. Often times, we forget to honor them and really show them the love and respect that they deserve. Fox 5 DC and Easterns decided that they were going to change things. Joel Bassam, Director of Marketing at Easterns Automotive Group, met with Mike Thomas of Fox 5 DC to pass out gift cards to both retired and active members of the military. The overall goal was just to bring a smile to veterans’ faces and show veterans genuine appreciation for protecting this country and keeping us all safe.

Sgt. Matt Wilkes stopped by to chat and help Pay It Forward to other veterans. He is currently retired after serving 3 tours. According to Sgt. Wilkes, life as a member of the military is much more structured and discipline than life as a civilian. Unlike many of us, he has been able to be both in his lifetime. The key to surviving in the military is having a strong support system. His wife was just that as she raised the kids and handled everything at home when he was away. Sgt. Wilkes just recently received his degree from George Mason University in Cyber Security Engineering and is in the process of transitioning fields. He is proof that there is another life after retiring from the military. It really comes down to what you want in life.

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group gave out over $3,000 in gift cards to active and retired military around the Washington Naval Yard. Hopefully you feel inspired to do something nice for any military personnel that you know. We must continue to let our military know they are appreciated.

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05-09-18

Pay It Forward | Surprising educators at Mount Vernon

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group teamed up once again but this time to celebrate. Tuesday, May 8th was National Teacher Appreciation Day so the two Pay It Forward partners teamed up to surprise the incredible educators at Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School. The day started off with free breakfast courtesy of Easterns. Mike Thomas was able to speak with several teachers to discuss their important role in kids’ lives and understand the reason that inspired them to teach. Joel Bassam, Director of Marketing at Easterns, was got on the mic to address the teachers and also give each of them a $50 Amazon to in honor of their selfless contributions to their students’ day in and day out.

Allison Seymour came to the school later in the day where she met with the principal of Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School, Dr. Clint Mitchell. The two helped surprise a standout 3rd grade teacher by the name of Jamelle Adamson. Ms. Adamson was singled out for going above and beyond to accommodate all her students and always bringing her A game in the classroom. As a community, we should do our best to always make sure teachers make sure they feel loved and appreciated.

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05-09-18

Easterns Automotive Group supports Fairfax County Police Association

For years, Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) has been a generous organization that loves giving back to others and helping the people of the DC, Maryland, and Virginia community. Eastern Motors, founded by Robert Bassam, recently teamed up to donate to the Fairfax County Police Association (FCPA) in Virginia. The FCPA represents more than 1,000 police officers in Fairfax County, both active and retired. The mission of the FCPA is to reach common goals of both the men and women of the Fairfax County Police Department. With everything going on in this country involving police, it’s good to know that unity is at the core of this group. FCPA holds several events throughout the year to celebrate and bring the community together as one.

Donations play a large role in helping organizations like FCPA because it takes funds to continue making an impact. They also help provide benefits to police officers and support staff. It’s important to them that they continue to promote unity and bring people together during times of crisis. The lovely people of the FCPA do so much good for Fairfax County that the people of Easterns decided to make a $750 donation for their generous contributions to the community. If you would like to find out more about FCPA or make a donation of your own, click here.

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05-02-18

Pay It Forward | Humane Rescue Alliance is committed to finding happy homes for pets

Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group have teamed up again to do some good in the community. April 30th was National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. The two decided that it was only right that the two celebrate and highlight an incredible local organization that continues to help animals in the area. The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) was formed by the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League to help animals find forever homes. Each year, HRA manages to help over 60,000 area animals.

HRA has a unique set up because they house everything under one roof, including low-cost veterinary services, behavioral training, and animal care. The donations and support from the community is the reason that HRA has been so successful at this. Easterns and Fox 5 DC got wind of the incredible things that HRA is doing and volunteered to help out. In honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, they made a donation of $3,000 to cover the cost of all pet adoptions on Tuesday, May 1st. It was a success! People definitely came out to support and several now have new additions to their families. The remainder of the money will go to HRA’s vet care fund. The vet care fund was set up to pay for the additional care needed after the animals find a home. HRA is such an incredible organization for going beyond the call of duty to help these animals. We hope that you too are inspired to get involved.

To find out more about Humane Rescue Alliance and to learn how you can adopt a pet, Click Here.

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04-18-18

Easterns Automotive Group partners with Earth Lady / Small Footprint Lifestyle

Earth Lady Programs were founded by the amazing Izolda Trakhtenberg to teach students about Earth Science and natural resources. Trakhtenberg or “Earth Lady” is a science collaborator at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. With all of her experience, she has made it her job to share her environmental-friendly experience with others and encourage people to go green, especially children. If you start teaching children young, they learn and carry those teachings with them throughout the rest of their life. The major reason for going green is to save the Earth and keep it as clean as possible for the generations to come. Trakhtenberg teaches a variety of workshops and programs to students to students in Greenbelt and Prince Georges County, Maryland but also travels all over the world.

Easterns Automotive Group got wind of some of the fabulous work that Earth Lady is doing with the students in the community and wanted to help out. With all the programs and workshops coming up, Earth Lady was in need of some supplies for her students. Easterns donated several items including educational thermometers, beakers, and paint. The students will get to use all of these during their upcoming workshop at Watkins Park. If you would like to find out more about Earth Lady and her workshops/programs for students, Click Here.

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04-18-18

Easterns Automotive Group supports Loudoun County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 69

For the fourth year in a row, Easterns Automotive Group is supporting Loudoun County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 69. With over 325,000 members and 2,100 lodges worldwide, the FOP is in fact the world’s biggest organization of sworn law enforcement officers. The purpose of the FOP is to protect the police officers from the dangers faced in today’s world. They continue to be a voice for officers that dedicate their lives to protective and serving the community. The FOP also fights for police officers to have better overall working conditions.

The best part about the Loudoun County FOP is their conscious effort to help other organizations to better the community as a whole. They support several organizations throughout the Loudoun County, Virginia community. One of the organizations is called Police Benevolent Foundation (FBF) whose job is protecting those behind the badge. They provide financial support to families of fallen law enforcement officers whose deaths occur in the line of duty. This is extremely important because many of us don’t think about how a family is supposed to move on financially after an officer is killed. The Cops and Kids Foundation is also supported by the FOP. The mission of the Cops and Kids Foundation is to bridge the gap between the community and the police by bringing law enforcement agencies together to start community programs for children.

Another organization that is supported by the FOP is the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS). LAWS provides free, confidential services to anyone who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or child abuse. Through LAWS, victims now have an outlet to get advice and seek help. The FOP supports the Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Foundation (LTRF) also. The purpose of LTFR is to improve the lives of people suffering with cognitive, physical, and psychological disabilities through a wide range of activities and therapies.

The FOP helps such a wide range of people through the various organizations mentioned above. It’s clear that the donation made by Easterns will be put to good use. Hopefully others are inspired to give back and do what they can to help others. If you would like to make a donation to the Loudoun County FOP, Click Here.

Over the course of 30+ years in business, Easterns Automotive Group continues to play an instrumental role in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area through their philanthropic and community integration efforts.

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04-13-18

Pay It Forward – Capital Caring Gets Surprised with a Free Truck to Continue Helping Needy Families

Capital Caring is a bereavement program with several locations throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. The organization is based in Northern Virginia and specializes in providing bereavement services for families who have suffered a loss. They also provide care to people suffering with serious illnesses. Pay It Forward partners Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group decided to team up and lend Capital Caring a helping hand since they do so much for the community.

Back in December, the two came together to help the Parkland family who lost their daughter in a horrible car accident in Alabama. Capital Caring was helping the family at the time so Fox 5 DC and Easterns stepped in to give them a vehicle. The Parklands needed transportation to get around so a car is just what they needed. Everything went so well that the two partners didn’t want to stop there. Recently, Fox 5 DC and Easterns got word that the organization was in need of a truck. They stepped in to gift Capital Caring with a Dodge Ram so they can continue their mission to serve people in their community. Capital Caring delivers supplies and serves 1,400 patients in the region so this truck will definitely be put to good use.

“We want to help the community that has helped us for 30 years now. We worked with Capital Caring late last year and gave the Parkland family a car and fell in love with the organization, love what they are doing and found out they were in need of a truck and we want to fulfill that need and help them out and keep them going,” Joel Bassam with Easterns Automotive Group said.

To learn more about Capital Caring and their mission, please Click Here.
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04-05-18

Pay It Forward |Young Women find a 2nd chance at life through HER Resiliency Center

Pay It Forward partners Easterns Automotive Group and Fox 5 DC partnered up once again to give back in the community. The non-profit organization that they chose to help is called HER Resiliency Center in Washington D.C. The overall mission for this center is to help local women find a second chance at life. Many of the members of HER have faced various struggles throughout their lives including living in shelters, non-stable families, and even homelessness. These are obstacles that no one should have to handle alone.

Natasha Guynes created HER Resiliency Center because she herself has faced life obstacles including being in the commercial sex industry, frequent drinking, drugs/homelessness. Guynes was able to overcome her difficult time with the help of DC’s social service agencies. The community of women there were able to help her get on her feet and make positive changes in her life. Once she got on her feet, she knew that there were other women in the same situation that she wanted to help. Guynes is now the CEO of her own non-profit organization that really does make a difference in people’s lives. The young women in the HER Resiliency Center program are assigned mentors to assist them with finding jobs and housing.

Fox 5 DC and Easterns Automotive Group (Eastern Motors) heard about the great things Guynes was doing with HER Resiliency Center and wanted to Pay It Forward. They teamed by by donating $2,000 and an SUV filled the supplies that were needed for the program. This will definitely go a long way.

For more about HER Resiliency Center, Click Here.

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