FORT LAUDERDALE (July 27, 2022)Fleet Advantage, a leading innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing, and life cycle cost management (LCCM) announced it will be hosting a Back-to-School Backpack Drive next Wednesday, August 3rd in partnership with Kids In Distress (KID), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing early intervention and treatment for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

Through its Kids Around The Corner Foundation (KATC), Fleet Advantage will visit Kids In Distress’s main campus, the Leo Goodwin Foundation Campus (819 NE 26 Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305) from 10am to 11:30am EST to supply backpacks with school supplies for children and their families who rely on Kids In Distress’s foster care, education, and family strengthening support. Fleet Advantage also supplied Kids In Distress with a mural painting for their preschool building back in 2014, as well as a financial contribution in 2020.

“Fleet Advantage’s support in our Fort Lauderdale community is more than appreciated, not only by our entire staff, but the families and children we care for each and every day,” said Mark Dhooge, President and CEO, Kids In Distress. “Kids In Distress is incredibly thankful to have school supplies provided for our children and we can’t wait to have them start the school year successfully.”

“We are proud to continue our long-standing relationship with Kids In Distress and our employees recognize the importance of giving back to our local community,” said Elizabeth Gomez, Marketing Manager for Fleet Advantage. “Since 2014, our Kids Around the Corner Foundation has helped over 30 charities since inception, donating more than $220,000, and we look forward to continuing our commitment of bringing hope and lasting change to the children and their families.”

About Fleet Advantage 

Fleet Advantage is the largest independent lessor for heavy-duty Class-8 trucks and has over $1.8 Billion of assets under its Life Cycle Cost Management (LCCM) program. We serve America’s top corporate fleets, including 5 of the top 10 private fleets in the country. Fleet Advantage guarantees the absolute lowest cost of operation by providing fleet asset management, financing solutions, and fleet analytics, using the latest equipment technology to achieve optimum vehicle productivity and maximum safety. Our model of TCO, clean diesel, and safety-enhanced trucks with shorter life cycles complement our customers’ ESG goals. The accomplishments of Fleet Advantage and our leadership team continue to be recognized for tremendous growth and industry leadership with numerous awards, including Top Private Independent and Most Innovative Firm by the Monitor Daily, Top Software & Tech Awards, Top Women Associates in Finance, and Green Supply Chain Awards to name a few. The company has also been named to Inc. magazine’s 500|5000 list of fastest growing companies in the nation, and CEO John Flynn was a recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Florida – Emerging Category award. 

About Kids Around the Corner

Kids Around the Corner was founded in 2014 by Fleet Advantage to support the needs of the communities where their employees and clients live and work. Fleet Advantage has committed to donating a percentage of its profits to children’s charities each year on behalf of their customers.

About Kids In Distress

Kids In Distress, Inc. (KID) is a nationally accredited organization dedicated to preventing child abuse, preserving families, and treating children who have been abused and neglected. Since 1979, when KID was created as a shelter for abused and neglected children, it now possesses a five-acre multiple program campus in Fort Lauderdale, FL and a 4-acre campus featuring two family foster group homes in Southwest Ranches, FL. Kids in Distress services include individual, family, and group therapy and counseling; preschool, aftercare and summer camp programs; recruitment, training, and support of foster/adoptive homes; and prevention, reunification, family preservation and maternal and child health services.