Last month, Everett, Wash., dealer Buzz Rodland headed south as usual, but it wasn't to relax on the beach or work on his golf swing.
Rodland, 61, was making his annual trek to northwest Guatemala, where, at the top a 6,000-foot-high mountain, he and other volunteers with the Hands for Peacemaking Foundation were building their ninth and 10th schools for local children.
"These are Mayan villages with cisterns for water and open fires in the homes," says the Toyota-Scion dealer.
By the time the volunteers travel 400 miles of the worst roads to reach the villages, he says, the school foundations have been laid, and the volunteers are ready to go to work.
"We do the rafters and trusses over a period of several days," says Rodland, who was making his seventh trip to the country.
It was a personal mission. But the 100 employees at Rodland Toyota-Scion follow the boss' example when it comes to helping others.
When the staff learned of serious food shortages at local food banks in November 2009, salesman Jerry McClain arranged to take a Sienna minivan from the dealership and park it just outside a nearby supermarket.
McClain -- now the sales manager -- and other volunteers from the dealership asked people entering the store to purchase extra items for the food bank. When customers emerged with their sacks full, they were asked to donate. By the end of December 2009, the dealership staff had collected 10,000 pounds of food for the food bank.
Rodland says his store's community spirit and his own stem from his father, Wallace Rodland, who started as a Nash dealer in 1935.
Buzz Rodland says: "He taught me the importance of giving back."