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CATA donates to Loaves & Fishes car program

June 2, 2017
Through its Chicagoland Dealers Care program, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association in May donated $1,500 to the Loaves & Fishes "CARES" car program, which provides transportation to working individuals in need. 
In addition to its car program, the Naperville-based Loaves & Fishes serves the DuPage community by providing high-quality healthy food, preventative care, educational opportunities, and wellness services to local individuals who live in poverty. 
The CATA created the Chicagoland Dealers Care program in 2008 to build upon the charitable efforts of the association’s dealer members within their local communities. Continental Motors applied to the CATA for the recent donation. Over the last six years, the Continental Motors family of dealerships has donated eight cars annually to Loaves & Fishes — a value of $40,000 each year.
"It’s not a surprise that Continental Motors has invested so much in an organization that betters its community," said CATA Chairman John Hennessy. "This showcases the vital role that CATA dealerships play to help support those within their areas of business."
Joel Weinberger, dealer principal of Continental Motors of Naperville and Continental AutoSports, said he views his relationship with Loaves & Fishes as mutually beneficial because his donation is positively impacting his dealership’s community.
"We are so happy to work with such a great community partner like Loaves & Fishes," Weinberger said. "Their ‘CARES’ program enables us to match cars that we donate each year with individuals whose lives will really be transformed by having reliable transportation." 
"The additional grant provided by the Chicago Automobile Trade Association will go toward keeping the donated vehicles working properly so these individuals can safely and reliably get to work, school and other critical destinations," he added.   
Loaves & Fishes provides food and support to about 19,000 people (nearly 5,000 families) in the Naperville area and throughout DuPage County. Specifically, 2,100 residents received services through the CARES program. 
According to the DuPage County Department of Community Services’ "2016 Community Needs Assessment," 170,000 DuPage County residents are considered low income — a 78 percent increase since 2000. Additionally, 65,000 DuPage County families are considered to be living in poverty.
"Since 2012, Continental Motors has donated 40 vehicles to individuals from our car ‘CARES’ program who were referred to us by social services agencies and who all lacked reliable transportation to get to work," said Janet Derrick, vice president of Loaves & Fishes CARES Programs. "We are extremely grateful to Continental Motors and the Weinberger family for their continued generosity and our long-time partnership which has helped 40 individuals create a bright future story for them and their families." 
The CATA has been a longtime supporter of local nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 2008, the Chicagoland Dealers Care program has donated nearly $100,000 to local charitable organizations supported by new-car dealers. Additionally, since 1992, the association has raised nearly $48 million for significant Chicago-area charities during the annual First Look for Charity black-tie event, held the evening before the Chicago Auto Show opens to the public. 
For more details on the Chicagoland Dealers Care program, visit For more information on Loaves & Fishes, see