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West Michigan Autotraders step it up for their community

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Underwriting support from: volunteer group at Steil Boys & Girls Club. volunteer group at Steil Boys & Girls Club. /Jack Findley

On March 26, the employees of West Michigan teamed up to help make a difference in the lives of Grand Rapids’ youth. Eight Autotrader volunteers came to Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth and spent three hours cleaning the Steil and Seidman Clubs.
Their dedication brought many benefits to the Clubs including the discovery of a leak while deep-cleaning the Steil kitchen and a slew of sparkling clean window panes. Also, volunteers helped sort out and organize donated belongings at the Seidman Club.
“I’m really excited to build a meaningful relationship with such a dynamic and hardworking group of individuals,” said Sarah Navis, Boys & Girls Clubs VISTA Special Events Coordinator. “I cannot wait to work with them on future projects.”
Autotraders employees continued to give at the end of their volunteering experience by purchasing pizza for the Steil Club members and staff. The volunteers mingled with the youth and a couple even joined in on a friendly game of ping-pong.
Two volunteers, Jeff Smith and Sean O’Toole, have already begun supporting Boys & Girls Clubs further by getting involved in the upcoming 100 Holes Challenge. The two will collect donations to play 100 holes of golf on June 14 at Sunnybrook Country Club.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth is excited to have such great volunteerism coming from local companies. Getting involved is a great way to give back to the community. To find out more about volunteering for Boys & Girls Clubs, visit us online at

Article written by Sara Schneider.

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