Jeans Day: March 15th – Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit & Medina Counties

This month the VanDevere employees Jeans Day will be sponsoring the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina counties.   Employees can donate needed items or money and VanDevere will match the donations!

Items that are requested are cleaning supplies, paper products, clothing and toiletries.  If you would like to donate any items or make a monetary donation (that will be matched by VanDevere) drop them off at any of our locations!

“There is Hope…for families of violence, women, men and children who are in danger of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.  The Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties provides emergency services and supportive services to victims seeking to end family violence.  Unlike other agencies that focus on victims of all types of crime, BWS is the only agency in Summit/Median County that focus on family violence, intervention and prevention.” (BWS Website)

VanDevere Jeans Days….Changing Lives!


The VanDevere Bunch Goes to Bat for Barberton Diamond Sports

 Akron, Feb. 21, 2018 – The VanDevere Bunch is partnering with the Barberton Diamond Sports in Barberton. The VanDevere Bunch has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, invitations to FREE instructional clinics, and an opportunity for community members to earn donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser.

“Playing the game of baseball helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. The VanDevere Bunch and Chevrolet Youth Baseball are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Akron.” said Lori Sams, Marketing Director for The VanDevere Bunch. “Chevrolet believes that in play, there are possibilities and supports the spirit of teamwork that baseball instills in its players.”

2018 marks Chevrolet’s Youth Baseball program’s 13th year, and since its introduction has helped aid local teams, benefiting more than 12.4 million young people in communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work and play. In 2017, more than 1,500 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.

The VanDevere Bunch will present an equipment kit that includes useful items such as batpacks, scorebooks, industrial-strength batting tees, ball buckets and T-shirts. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches, or instructors from Ripken Baseball.

In addition, The VanDevere Bunch will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to Barberton Diamond Sports. Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds as community members take test drives at their partnering dealership to help support the league.

In addition to its commitment to youth baseball, Chevrolet also is the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball™.

“Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, safety and fun, so we encourage young people and their parents to make a Chevrolet the official vehicle of their household,” said Sams.

For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit

VanDevere Chevrolet

1490 Vernon Odom Blvd
Akron, Oh 44320


About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

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Media Information:

Lori Sams

(330) 867-3010


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Chevrolet Communications

Phone 313-667-4599

Mobile 313-670-5679

Jeans Day: February 15th – Summit County Children’s Services

















For the month February, the employees fo VanDevere will be collecting Easter basket items for Summit County Children’s Services.   The organization will be putting together Easter baskets for the 1500 children in their car.   We have collection bins set up at each location for the donated items.  Cash donations will also be accepted, and as always, VanDevere matches the employees donations!

Every month the employees are given the opportunity to wear jeans when the donate to a local charity.   Together we can change lives!



Thrive & Drive 2017: Raffle Winner Announced

For the past few years, VanDevere Inc., has given organizations in the community the opportunity to participate in a new car raffle to earn money.  These organizations have to have a focus on the children in our community.   They sold tickets for the New Car Raffle and kept all the proceeds to use in their organization.   It is a great fundraiser for these groups.

This year the participating groups were:

–       Akron Area Soap Box Derby

–       Catholic Charities

–       Indian Guides

–       Camp Y-Noah

–       Ohio Lightning Softball

–       Wesley Temple

–       4-H Rough Riders

–       Suffield Lego Club

–       Impact Sports Academy

The groups invested a small amount of money to get the tickets and the banners to advertise the raffle.   They sold the tickets for $10 each and each ticket was a change to win a brand new 2017 Kia Soul.  All the money they made from the sales went directly to the organizations.   The winner of the new Soul came from the Rough Riders sales.

This year’s winner is Brenda M. of Akron.   If you saw the video on our VanDevere Bunch Facebook page you will see that it was a comical sight.  We drew the name the morning of December 13th, live on Facebook.  Jerry VanDevere called our winner, Brenda, only to have her not believe him and hang up.   It took some time and phone calls from Brenda’s sister to have her believe she actually won.   She has experience some “you won a cruise” calls and was a little suspicious.   Before the end of the day we were in touch with Brenda and gave her the info about her prize.

To say that Brenda was excited is an understatement.   She informed us that she had a 10 year old car and that she would like to take the car.  There is an option to take the cash prize.   There was only one issue, the income tax that you must pay when you win such a prize.   For anyone that is familiar with taxes, this tax you have to pay isn’t just pocket change and may be hard for some of us to come up with.  Thankfully for Brenda’s group of awesome friends.   They chipped in to help out Brenda with the taxes so that she could get herself her FIRST brand new car!

She was so excited to pick up her new car and the smile on her face when she got in it, was glowing.  What a great way to start a new year, with a brand new car!

We congratulate Brenda and thank the organizations for participating.

Thrive and Drive is just one of the few ways VanDevere gives back to the community.  We do this because, we live here. We are all family!

If you have an organization that is focused on bettering the lives of our community’s children please feel free to shoot me an email at


Jeans Day: December 14th – Coats for Kids


This month the employees will be collecting and donating children’s coats.   There are many kids in the area that are without proper coats for the cold temperatures.   VanDevere will match the employees donations for the Coats for Kids.

Each month the employees are given the opportunity to wear jeans and to donate to a charity in our own backyard.   This is just one of the ways that the VanDevere Bunch gives back to the community!

Jeans Day November 16th — Community Volunteer Group

This month the VanDevere Bunch is collecting money for the Community Volunteer Group. The Community Volunteer Group raises money for Transitional Housing Units shelter for young adults who are in the process of aging out of the foster care system.  These young adults are at high risk for early pregnancy, unemployment, incarceration, homelessness and many other risks.  So they need all the support they can get from their community.

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Jeans Day October 26th — St. Baldrick’s!


This month on October 26th, VanDevere will be holding their monthly Jeans Day to help support the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Employees will be permitted to wear nice jeans to work in exchange for a donation to this great organization. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation uses donations to fund childhood cancer research. VanDevere will match every dollar donated by employees in these Jeans Day fundraising efforts.


Jeans Day: September 21st — Ronald McDonald House

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This month on September 21st, VanDevere will be holding their monthly Jeans Day to help support the Ronald McDonald House. Employees will be permitted to wear nice jeans to work in exchange for a donation to this great organization. The Ronald McDonald House is a home environment providing support and resources that help keep families close. VanDevere will match every dollar donated by employees in these Jeans Day fundraising efforts.

Jeans Day: August 17th – Battered Woman’s Shelter

This month on August 17th, VanDevere will be holding their monthly Jeans Day to help support the Akron Battered Woman’s Shelter. Employees will be permitted to wear nice jeans to work in exchange for a donation to this great organization. The Battered Woman’s Shelter provides emergency services and support to victims seeking to end family violence. As usual, VanDevere will match every dollar donated by employees in these Jeans Day fundraising efforts.

Jeans Day: July 27th Supporting Caring For Kids Inc.

It’s hard to believe that the back to school season is right around the corner. The sad part is that there are lots of family and children in our area that cannot afford the supplies needed to start off the school year. Caring For Kids provides many services to local families and children, one being able to provide basic school supplies in a new backpack to 200 children in their care from our community.

Listed below are some of the items that are needed to help these children prep for the 2017-2018 school year. Employees will be permitted to wear Jeans to work in exchange for a monetary or item donation.

Fore more information on Caring for Kids Inc. Please visit: