Waikem Auto Family
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Our Charities

Charity is important to the Waikem Auto Family.

You'll often find Doug, Dave and Chip out in the community volunteering, sponsoring an event or sitting on the board of a prominent organization in Stark County. Canton, Massillon, Perry Township, North Canton and Jackson Township have all been good to the Waikem Auto Family for 60 years, so we believe it's important to give back whenever possible.


In fact, charitible giving helped Dave Waikem earn the United Way's CEO of the Year Award.


Learn more about the Waikem family history. 

Pathway Caring for Children

One of our top charitible partners is Pathway Caring for Children. This is a private, non-profit social service agency based in Canton, Ohio. They provide foster care and adoption service for children of all ages, as well as service to support healthy families. Each year around Christmas, Waikem holds a donation drive with Pathway at our dealerships. Customers and associates bring in toys, gift and money that Pathway uses throughout the year. Through Subaru Share the Love, we have donated more than $23,000 to Pathway Caring for Children.




Great Strides

One of the best charitible events at the Waikem Auto Family happens every spring in the service department of Waikem Mitsubishi, Kia and Hyundai. Associate Adam Longwell has a daughter diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, and every year we hold a company-wide luncheon to raise money for Great Strides. Great Strides is an event to work toward a cure by raising money and awareness to beat CF. We've raised thousands for Adam and great Strides!


Perry Rotary 

The Perry Township Rotary Club and Waikem Auto Family work together on a number of great events throughout the year. A Car Show that takes place at the Ford dealership annually benefits Rotary projects including Perry Helping Perry, Sharon Budd Recovery Fund, Perry Parks, Local High Schools and more. We also participate in the Perry Rotary Club's Turkey Trot, Basketball Preview and all their great projects throughout the year. 


Perry Helping Perry

We're proud to help Perry Helping Perry with its many projects. PHP is local businesses, non-profits, religious organizations and individuals working together to make life better for everyone in the community. We have bins in every store for you to donate to PHP's Food Drives, and once a year we hold a big food and school supply drive in the showroom to donate to those in need.


Waikem Hyundai donated $8,000 to Hyundai Hope on Wheels in 2014. Hyundai Hope on Wheels raises awareness for childhood cancer, donates to life-saving research funds, and celebrates the lives of children affected with the disease. Money donated is for every Waikem Hyundai new vehicle sold. More than $72 million has been donated nationally since the program began 1998.

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