Dynamic Automotive understands they need to support the community that supports them. “If we didn’t have our customers, we would not have a business,” said Darlene Canfield, office manager. “We believe that giving back to the community that gives to us is good for everyone.”
As a part of their annual benefit car show from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at their 8824 Urbana Church Road location, the repair shop with four locations will be donating the proceeds to Second Chances Garage. This Frederick-based nonprofit provides transportation and repairs to low-income individuals in the county and surrounding areas. Second Chances reached out to Dynamic several years ago to form a partnership. Sometimes Second Chances has repairs on vehicles they cannot handle so they bring them to Dynamic.
“We believe in what they are doing, and we want to support their programs that they have going—helping people in Frederick,” Canfield said. “… If there is something they can’t do, we help them with that. We donate our time and we will repair that vehicle and get it back to them so they can get it in the hands of somebody that needs it.”
Last year, the show raised around $6,000 to $7,000 for Second Chances. Dynamic has set a goal this year of $10,000. “We are hoping we can up the amount that we are raising for them,” Canfield said.
Dynamic will also be presenting a vehicle to SOS Safe Ride, a flagship program out of The Safe Ride Foundation, a Frederick nonprofit that drives intoxicated individuals and their vehicles home after a night out.
Hosted by the Golden Gears Car Club, the free event features around 75 vehicles of various models and years competing in different public-voted categories like Best Paint, Best Custom Interior and Best in Show. The Dynamic and Second Chances teams also will hand out trophies to their favorite vehicles.
Canfield noted that they will have family-friendly entertainment such as a moon bounce and games along with food and demonstrations by some of their vendor partners. They also will recognize their youth and registered apprenticeship program graduates. In 2017, Dynamic partnered with the state’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation for the youth program Earn While You Learn that affords students the opportunity to learn the trade while in school, receive credit and earn money at the same time.
Their apprenticeship program began in fall 2017 and pairs high school graduates in college learning auto repair with a mentor. Once they graduate, they will become stand-alone mechanics. “These (individuals) are the future of Dynamic,” Canfield said. “… We are taking in young people that have an interest in this industry and training them and sending them to school and getting certifications that they need to be a master mechanic. Throughout the apprenticeship program, it doesn’t cost them anything to do that. They are getting an education for free and they are getting on-the-job training. It is our funnel, our pipeline to fill future positions as they become available.”
Dynamic also will unveil a new off-road aspect to their business where mechanics will install everything from leveling kits to custom suspension lift kits.
Canfield emphasized that the show is a fun event. “It’s giving back to our community,” she said, “pulling everyone together and putting on a fun event that shows how Dynamic wants to support and is supporting our local community.”