The Everett family has developed a true community presence in Saline County.
Susie and Dwight Everett – owners of Everett Buick/GMC in Benton – have established a reputation for being a champion of community activism.
“It’s a huge priority,” said Lacey Brooks, Everett Buick/GMC Community Relations chair. “Our owners are very active in the community and wanted their company to be the same way.”
The Everetts were recently at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock as part of a select group of Arkansans who were honored during the 2017 Community Service Awards. The CSA was sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Communications and Community Engagement (OCCE) and KARK Channel 4, in cooperation with McLarty Automotive Group, the Office of the Governor, and the Governor’s Advisory Commission on National Service and Volunteerism.
“The Everett family has a well-established track record for being active in the community,” said OCCE Volunteer Program Coordinator, Kim Simpson. “They’re generous in using their resources to serve the citizens of Saline County.”
A family that prides itself on Christian values, the Everetts are in fellowship with numerous civic groups.
Mrs. Everett is on the Saline Memorial Health Foundation Board and is affiliated with the Christian Community Care Clinic. She also teaches Sunday school and vacation bible school at her home. Meanwhile, the Everett’s daughters are involved in numerous activities which provide mentorship for the youth.
“They truly care about the community,” Brooks said. “They love Saline County and Central Arkansas as a whole.”
And yes, the employees of Buick/GMC are also encouraged to give back to the community. Several of the staff members volunteer for various organizations. Additionally, Everett Buick/GMC participates in the Relay for Life making table decorations for the banquet, or by having staff in the actual walk.
“Our owners are big on giving money, but they also emphasize to us being present at events and helping out. They want us to be active in volunteering our time as well,” Brooks said.
In regard to donations, several of Saline County’s civic organizations and youth athletic programs have received handsome financial contributions from Everett Buick/GMC. The Everett family credits the people of Saline County for helping them remain closely connected to the community.
“What we do is only possible because of the customers we have,” Brooks stated. “We always have customers refer us to great volunteer opportunities.”