About a year and a half ago, a Kemna Auto Center parts assistant was killed in a car accident on his way to work, just one mile from the dealership.
Ken Kemna, the dealer, stepped in to help. He donated $32,000 to the employee's family -- $1,000 for every year the employee had worked at the dealership.
"What a blessing it was to see how it affected their lives because they probably would have been devastated financially had that not occurred," he said.
The dealerships on this year's list of the Best Dealerships To Work For take care of their own. In many cases, the dealer steps up. In other cases, the dealership has created ways to help staffers help one another.
Kemna Auto Center in Algona, Iowa, offers its employees loans and grants when they run into hard times. In 2014 alone, the dealership gave employees $50,000 in loans for unexpected financial pressures, such as health care costs and emergency car repairs. The employees eventually pay the loans back via payroll withdrawals.