Every year, AIA members from across the country give generously of their time and money to a variety of worthy causes and charities. With that spirit in mind, AIA Canada has formalized that involvement through the establishment of the AIA High Fives for Kids Foundation - a bold, new charitable cause for Canada's automotive aftermarket industry, which became operational in January 2005.
The High Fives for Kids Foundation provides both grants and scholarships. The grants support local or national registered charities that have programs for the benefit of children and youth.
The broad focus of the foundation will allow AIA to support a variety of community groups in many activities such as buying a wheelchair, sending kids with diabetes or a disability to a summer camp, rebuilding a community center, or helping a local hospital for children. The issues that affect the ability of a child to grow up in a safe, nurturing environment are vast and often overwhelming. The experience of our members as they work on a local level clearly shows that even a small gesture can have a great impact.
For the past few years, a number of fundraising initiatives, through AIA's members, have already raised more than $200,000 for the program.