Matthews Motors Wins NIADA, Cox Automotive Community Service Award
June 19, 2017—Matthews Motors, a family-owned and operated dealership whose charitable efforts have made a huge impact in Clayton, N.C., has been named the recipient of the 2017 NIADA (National Independent Automobile Dealers Association) and Cox Automotive Community Service Award.
Matthews Motors owners Steve and Dale Matthews accepted the award from Cox Automotive president of inventory solutions Janet Barnard during Wednesday night's National Leadership Awards Banquet at the 71st annual NIADA Convention and Expo at The Mirage in Las Vegas.
"We're honored to receive this award and be recognized by NIADA and Cox Automotive for creating positive change in our community," Steve Matthews said. "The real reward, however, comes from the impact we've made serving the Clayton area all these years."
The award, which recognizes an independent dealership for outstanding contributions to its community and the innovative ways it collaborates with community partners to help further their missions, includes a $10,000 donation from Cox Automotive to Clayton Area Ministries, the dealership's charity of choice. Clayton Area Ministries provides food, medicine and assistance with utility bills to area residents in need.
"Helping shape a better world through responsible company and individual actions has long been a part of the Cox culture," Barnard said. "We commend Steve and the Matthews Motors team for embodying those principles and demonstrating how every person, every organization, every day can make a difference when it comes to serving your community."
Matthews Motors has embraced philanthropy and volunteerism since it opened in 1994, supporting more than 15 local charities and youth programs in the past year alone.
Over the past two years, the dealership has raised more than $70,000 for Clayton Area Ministries, and joined with other area businesses to raise more than $10,000 for the Southeastern Medical Oncology Center's free mammogram screenings program.
Team members have volunteered their time to support the Johnston County Teen Drivers safety initiative, the Johnston County Education Foundation, the Johnston County Crisis Center, Toys for Tots, the American Red Cross and Harbor Inc., a shelter for domestic violence victims.
The dealership serves as a drop-off location for winter coat drives benefitting needy kids, and it helps local families meet their children's school supply needs. In addition, Matthews serves on the board of the Johnston County Education Foundation.