We Are Dedicated to Our Communities
In the 30+ years since our founding, Insurance Auto Auctions Inc. has aligned its efforts with the guiding beliefs of service, philanthropy and integrity. We are dedicated not only to meeting the needs of our clients, but also giving back to the communities we serve.
This character of caring provides our more than 2,000 IAA team members with hands-on opportunities to show they care about the communities where they live and work. By volunteering, mentoring and financially supporting causes, they prove we can all make a difference in ways both big and small.
IAA proudly advocates corporate citizenship, philanthropy, and support for the diverse communities and environments in which we operate in North America. Our business model reflects this philosophy. Since 1994, IAA's National Vehicle Donation Division has assisted not-for-profit organizations, turning vehicles into cash to support their missions.
"It has always been IAA's mission to give back to the communities in which we live and work. Our employees are energized and excited to have the opportunity to give back to their communities in a meaningful way."
— John Kett, CEO & President
One Car One Difference
IAA Donation Division's national program raises public awareness about vehicle donations to charities nationwide. One Car One Difference lets donors know their donated vehicle will be sold at an IAA auction and the proceeds given to the charity they designate, helping make a difference to people in need. For more information about One Car One Difference and the charities it supports, visit 1car1difference.com.
Employment Opportunities for Those Who Serve
Since 2012, IAA has aligned itself with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and Hero2Hired in an effort to help veterans across the country secure meaningful employment. The company’s commitment, which has been recognized by the U.S. secretary of defense and the national chair of ESGR, continues today.
This program from the National Auto Body Council brings together members of the automotive industry to restore and donate used vehicles. IAA has joined insurers, collision repairers, paint suppliers, parts vendors and other contributors in that effort to deliver high-quality vehicles to deserving members of the community. Through the hundreds of donations made since 2007, Recycled Rides has positively impacted the lives of thousands of individuals.
Veterans Day 2014 marked IAA’s first year participating in this event organized by the Progressive Group of Insurance Companies. An extension of Recycled Rides, Keys to Progress is a team effort that fully restores vehicles so veterans and their families can perform the daily tasks many of us take for granted. IAA is honored to play a part in this program that gives back to members of the U.S. military who have given so much to defend our freedom.
SkillsUSA: Developing Leaders for Tomorrow
In 2012, IAA became an official sponsor of SkillsUSA, forming a relationship that continues to flourish. Included in this partnership are financial support of key leadership development programming and SkillsUSA's overall mission, the “TAG Tuesday” Delegate Training Program at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, and a workshop at the SkillsUSA LEAD Conference that provides hundreds of secondary-school students with the tools they need to become contributing members of the workforce. In addition, IAA CEO and President John Kett is a committee member of SkillsUSA's Youth Development Foundation.
Collision Repair Education Foundation
Founded in 1991, the Collision Repair Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations in support of philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry.
IAA displayed its commitment to the future of the collision industry by contributing $10,000 to the foundation. This contribution provides grants and scholarships to students attending career and technical schools and colleges.
In April 2013, IAA Chief Client Officer Don Hermanek was named to the board of trustees to serve a three-year term.
For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Collision Repair Education Foundation, visit CollisionEducationFoundation.org.
Women's Industry Network (WIN)
IAA proudly supports WIN, which began with the goal of greatly enhancing the collision repair industry—and the role of women within it—through education, networking and sharing resources. Today, WIN's membership is growing and includes members from every segment of the collision repair industry across the United States, as well as internationally.
IAA is proud to have three executives as members, including: Jeanene O'Brien, VP Marketing; Courtney Milewski, Mgr. Sales Support and Analysis; and Pam Dodd, Director of Corporate Sales.
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)
Every year, IAA branches across the country join the fight against childhood cancer by setting up lemonade stands and donating the proceeds to ALSF. This annual tradition has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organization, including more than $142,000 in 2014 alone, making IAA a top 100 fundraiser. Watch for the stands this summer, and join IAA and ALSF as we make a difference in the lives of children and families affected by cancer.
IAA’s ongoing support for the autism program at Massachusetts General Hospital includes sponsoring the annual spring gala and participating in the Aspire Internship Program, which helps adults with developmental disabilities succeed at work. IAA Manchester hosted the company’s first intern, whose positive impact at the branch you can see in the video below.
IAA Metro Chicago Heart Walk
IAA urges its team members to get on their feet for this annual event and support the American Heart Association’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The company’s efforts in 2014 raised more than $80,000 for the organization, whose board of directors for the Chicago Chapter includes IAA Vice President of Human Resources Rita Figi.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School—Chicago
Since 2005, IAA has been a corporate sponsor of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School's Corporate Work Study Program, a nationally recognized model that has been replicated in 25 schools across the country. To date, IAA has welcomed more than 20 students, who work in teams of two to four as they fulfill 181 days of work at IAA during the school year. Students allocate their earnings to pay for 72% of the cost of their education. In addition, the Chicago school's college preparatory education resulted in every member of its 2013 senior class being accepted into college.
Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School
Corporate work study programs have gained traction across the country in recent years, and IAA was pleased to expand its participation in 2014 by establishing a partnership with Christ the King in Chicago. Students join the IAA team throughout the school year to offset the cost of their education while gaining hands-on experience in areas including IT, marketing, tax and real estate.
First Responders and Jaws of Life Training
By donating 16 vehicles, IAA aided Jaws of Life training for rescue workers in Taunton, MA. The city’s fire department received ongoing auto extrication and stabilization training from the Northboro Fire Department by using the vehicles, which were transported for free by Reynolds Auto Wrecking, an IAA buyer. This type of training helps firefighters learn and practice new techniques in auto extrication and stabilization for real-life situations.
IAA branches continue to look for creative ways to work with city officials, and use their real estate and vehicles for purposes that support training and other exercises in the communities in which they’re located.
ITRHFM Survivor Fund
More than 60 road-service professionals are killed each year assisting stranded motorists. Since 2006, the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum’s Survivor Fund has helped hundreds of families affected by these tragedies, and IAA was proud to play a part in 2014 by presenting the fund with a donation of $10,000.
Stuff the Bus
Succeeding in school is tough without the proper tools. IAA Avenel (NJ) joined other area companies to help the United Way of Greater Union County give area students the supplies they need through the annual Stuff the Bus campaign. By donating “ready-to-learn” backpacks full of crucial items, IAA and other participants ensure hundreds of students are set up for success throughout the school year.
Superstorm Sandy Toy Drive
In December 2012, the East Coast was still recovering from Sandy's aftermath. That didn't stop the team from IAA's Avenel New Jersey branch from collecting more than 100 toys to donate to a national charity, bringing smiles to children during the holiday season.