Arizona Shop Owner Puts Community Involvement Into Full Gear

Feb. 28, 2024
Frank Leutz has three decades of experience operating repair shops. Shortly after opening his newest store, he was motivated to do something different.

An auto repair shop in Cave Creek, Arizona, has launched a partnership with a local nonprofit to help the local community, CITY Sun Times reports.

Frank Leutz has three decades of experience operating repair shops in Gilbert and Chandler. Shortly after opening his newest store last summer, Desert Car Care of Cave Creek, he was motivated to do something different.

Upon reaching out to Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center, a collaboration was born in which Desert Car Care donates free automotive repair every quarter to a local family in need. For its first job as part of the campaign, a family had the front and rear brakes on their vehicle replaced, saving them an estimated $1,400.

Since starting the partnership, Desert Car Care has committed to helping Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center with fundraising events and serving as a dropoff location for food donations.

Leutz is still looking ahead to what else he can provide for his community. He hopes to begin hosting educational clinics for Cave Creek residents this upcoming fall and is developing plans to put on a jazz event. The business also displays art from local artists in its lobby, making it a growing staple in the Cave Creek community.

“This very unique partnership opportunity is an example of thinking outside of the box on how businesses and nonprofit agencies can work together to better the community,” said Leigh Zydonik, executive director of Foothills Food Bank and Resource Center.

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