As a reflection of its motto, "It's not just the cars, it's the people," the CVR Board has approved a basic mission to give back to our
community by both making financial contributions and giving our time to the following charities and causes.
Keep a lookout in the Challenge magazine and the Website for Community Service events being planned for 2014
For 2012, CVR teamed up with Wayne Carini of F40 Motorsports to put on an "Afternoon with Wayne Carini" fundraiser to benefit the Autism Speaks organization ( wwww.autismspeaks.org). 261 people attended the event, netting a CVR donation to Autism Speaks in the amount of $5,300. Another $800 was garnered by further donations, most of which were made at the Autism Speaks information table, administered by Diana Yiesley. Wayne's friend and customer, David Reindel, gave away copies of his book on the 2008 recession, We Survived the Crash, for consideration of these supplemental donations.
Survive the Drive is an "Automotive Violence Prevention" program that teaches teens (and adults) the causes and effects of driver errors. This is a risk-awareness program that focuses on driving behaviors and the Newtonian forces on the car and driver. The consequence of any inadvertent or unintentional collision can be worse than damage or expense. Through presentations at High School assemblies, Survive the Drive focuses on the individual's conscious understanding of the ever-present operational hazards of heavy, moving equipment. The primary goal of Survive the Drive is to reach every newly licensed or soon to be licensed teen, in order
to give each of them another tool to foster safe driving practices.
The Charter Oak Challenge Foundation was founded to help children and families who have the ability to succeed but need financial support to realize their potential. The nearly 95 students in Charter Oak's scholarship program are among Bridgeport's finest. They have excelled academically and contributed significantly to their communities despite tremendous financial and personal hardships. Each of the 15 students accepted annually into the program receives a scholarship over four years, a laptop computer and a trained mentor. The results have been impressive. Charter Oak's retention rate is 95 percent, nearly four times the 25 percent graduation rate among all Bridgeport students who go to college.