Photo of Element Fleet Management's Eden Prairie, Minn. operation courtesy of Element.

Photo of Element Fleet Management's Eden Prairie, Minn. operation courtesy of Element.

Element Fleet Management celebrated Element Global CARE day, a day of giving that spans Element offices across the globe. Element chose local initiatives based on the needs of each community and supported organizations that help with vehicle safety, education, the environment and more, according to the fleet management company.

"Community service and social responsibility are pillars of Element's culture," said Mary Barcellos, Element's executive vice president of human resources. "We're proud to have skilled employees who not only are great at their jobs, but also find great purpose in taking those skills to their communities. Our offices across the world are giving back today from Australia and New Zealand to Ireland, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico."

Around the globe on Sept. 28, employees focused on environmental, education, employment, health care and community aid projects through interactive volunteer projects such as collecting, packaging and delivering school supplies to teachers, providing hygiene kits to local shelters and caring for earth's natural resources, to name just a few.

For example, employees in the Minneapolis area put their automotive skills to work, partnering with nonprofit auto repair service The Lift Garage to help low-income drivers anticipate cold weather and freezing temperatures, which can cause issues for drivers.

The Lift Garage is a community-based auto repair service that provides low-cost car repair, free pre-purchase inspections and car care classes to those with limited means. Each year, the vehicle issues caused by cold weather lead to increased demand at the already busy garage.

Element technicians and volunteers worked at Element's Innovation Center in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and in partnership with the Lift Garage to help service more than 30 vehicles in preparation for dropping temperatures.

Element volunteers also assembled and handed out more than 220 emergency car care kits, which included critical safety items for cold months, such as a tire gauge, jumper cables, an ice scraper, flares, hand warmers, a thermal blanket, a beacon light and more.

In addition to having critical safety items on hand, Element suggests that drivers perform a basic vehicle safety check with a local automotive service provider before temperatures drop for the season, including batteries, brakes, windshield wipers and proper winter tires.