Ally Celebrates Giving Back Month in November

Making a difference in local communities is important to Ally, which is why we’ve declared November “Giving Back Month.” Throughout the month, we are encouraging Ally employees, customers and friends to give back to their communities and share stories of their volunteerism. Ally supports the efforts of our employees’ charitable giving and volunteering by matching their hours spent and contributions made. In fact, last November Ally employees’ generosity benefitted more than 450 charities nationwide during the month through individual donations and various events. Check out our 2012 community report to learn more about how we give back.

In keeping with our commitment to support local communities, we are proud to work with many dealerships throughout the U.S. that are dedicated to the same principles. In fact, in our survey with the National Automotive Dealers Association, we found that nearly 65 percent of auto dealers boosted their charitable contributions in 2013. Check out our blog post on the survey results and how dealers are giving back.

To celebrate the ways these business owners are improving their communities, we’ve partnered with TIME Magazine for the annual TIME Dealer of the Year award. We began our partnership with the program in 2011 and since then have celebrated more than 100 dealers for their exceptional work not only at their dealership, but also in their local communities. In connection with the program, we have provided grants to more than 110 nonprofit organizations. Meet this year’s nominees and learn more about the program here:

Also, be sure to check out the following ways you can get involved during Giving Back Month:

  • Follow our company handle @Ally on Twitter throughout the month of November as they support nonprofits making a difference. Ally will be donating to a designated nonprofit for every retweet on Giving Back Month efforts in November.
  • Invite friends and family to share their stories of Giving Back by using the hashtag #AllyGivingBack on Facebook or Twitter.  You can also share your commitment to Giving Back by Tweeting “The Pledge” in support of your local community during Giving Back Month 2013.

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  1. 1

    How do I make principal-only payments on my auto loan ? I’m 5 months ahead on my payments and want to bring the principal balance down . Please be of assistance as how to do this .

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    donna bee

    Giving is important all year long but especially during the holidays. I am blessed to have and feel with the privledge of being blessed I should bless others.

  3. 5

    Children and Choices my charitable organization is having our Second Annual Merry Clippers events. This year will provide free hair cuts and hair styles to school age children. We will also have door prizes (while they last.
    We are so excited about this event this year. We want to serve more than 50 young people this year.

  4. 7

    Does Ally offer a skip payment around the holidays? Where we can pay a small fee and skip a payment for December? Please respond. Thanks and have a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry CHRISTmas!

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    With the holidays approching my previous auto-loan holder had a really awesome program that they allowed their customers to take part in, as long as they met the criteria. The customer had to be in good standing with their loans and have had their loan for at least a year. Then the customer was able to apply for the holiday skip-a-pay program. This was for the months of Dec. and January. It was a great program that gave their customers a little money back during the holiday season.

  6. 12

    Volunteer with American Red Cross & a Hospital in Highlands
    County. I enjoy every moment when I can give a helping hand.
    It is a blessing!

  7. 14

    I thank God for my health, my Family and my job. I help and give to those who are in need more than us. I have a roof over my head not of gold, silver it’s a simple modest dwelling that other Families do not have. My offerings are not left overs it’s things I like to give from the bottom of our heart. As long as I can I will provide those in need with food, blanket, warm clothes for protection of cold, rainy days.

  8. 16

    For the past nine years I have volunteered my time to the local County Sheriff’s Office to help make my community a safer place to live and work. I usually volunteer 16 to 20 hours a month patrolling residential and commercial areas and calling suspicious activity into Dispatch for a Deputy to check out.

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    Jeff & Lisa

    Every year at this time my wife and I sponsor two foster children in foster homes in the area. Christian Social Services of Illinois has the children write a letter to Santa telling him what they would like for Christmas. The letters are forwarded on to us and we are Secret Santa’s. The letters are from the children so its fun to see in their writing what they wish for. So far we have always been able to get the children everything on the lists we get. I can remember back when I was a child on Christmas morning and how great it was to open presents and had gotten everything I had wished for. We want that for these children as well.
    We also belong to the O’Fallon Il. Loyal Order of Moose and help cook Thanksgiving and Christmas Day buffet for anyone who doesnt have a place to go. We live in a town very close to Scott Air Force Base so some of our soldiers that are away from family and cant get home to see their loved ones come out and join us for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. We serve buffet style with all of the trimmings and more.

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    As a member of several service organizations, I give many hours weekly to help children and adults have better places to live. I also donate clothes, food and other items to the needy.

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    Judy Harmison

    We have a Garage Give-Away at our church each Nov. Our congregation and others donate whatever they no longer need. It has been estimated up to $1 million in donations are given. Then on Saturday, at 7:00, the doors open. Everything is FREE. There is also free food, beauty treatments, health check-ups and more.
    Some arrive as early as 4 am. It is a wonderful experience to see the generosity of a community come together.

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    I bought a new 2011 sportage and have been paying on-time since my first payment was due. I would like to know if there is any way ally would be willing to rewrite my loan and lower my payments. I am on disability and a veteran. I would like to see a program that benefits both vets and disabled Americans. I would like to lower my payments and term…………Thanks

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    How do know when I make a payment on my auto loan, when it will be deducted from my bank account ?
    Otherwise how can I change my payment date to a more convenient day that my bank deposits are made ?

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    I host a weekly food drive with my church and then distribute the food and toiletries to local food pantries. (This could also be done with other organizations as well.) I also put some change even if it’s just a few cents in collection boxes for holiday food, toy, and children’s charities drives. I also try to put a toy here and there into local collection boxes. Also, once a year, I rally friends, family, and church members to clear their closets of unfitting and or unworn clean clothes for local charities that help people get on their feet.

  15. 40
    Virginia Thomas

    This is not a reply to the queston, its just that i have a car loan from you guys and i have some questions. can someone please contact me?

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      Ally Auto

      Hi Robert, we do offer vehicle service contracts on trucks. Please give us a call at 1-888-925-2559 and customer care can discuss any additional questions you may have.

  16. 44

    My Chevy was purchased new on 4 July 2009, my second exact replica model. It was affordable at 24,000 U.S.D. I have been paying just under 500 per month for 48 plus months.
    So pray tell me how is it even possible that with 26,000 already paid-you show the payoff to be 9000 still?
    This is an absurd interest rate which cannot be anything short of highway well, robbery.

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    karen mcneal

    I am well pleased with ALLY Auto Loan Services, until i applied for a car loan this past July i never heard of ALLY before. Now after learning about corrupt banking services from the top two banking institutions i am opting to do banking from ALLY because they seem to have customer interest at heart among other things. Again, Thank You.

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    Jes West

    I am a Boy Scout and I do what i can for my community by giving my time. I do not have an income ads I am 14 years old.
    I am going to help St. Vincent De Paul unload load their Christmas givings from up stairs were they store them it is quite a job and we all work together to unload the storing place and load them on to their truck. I am also going to help give the homeless and poor Christmas Dinner by helping to give out the dinner i know it is not much what I do. My heart is in the right
    place for the Christmas Session. God Bless EveryOne

  19. 50

    When you send the bill, there is the return slip you tear off the bottom and send in with your bill. However, you do not have any account # or Vin # on that slip ( NO I am not talking about the whole bill, yes the top portion you do not mail in has the acct# vin# etc…). My question is why do you not put any account # or last of VIN# or some way to associate which bill is for which car when having multiple accounts with you on the bottom portion you mail in with check. As for someone like myself once torn you cannot distinguish which return statement is for which account. Please re-read the top portion prior to answering ( 2 of your reps, had trouble understanding because they heard what I was saying but wasnt listening to what I was saying). There is a diffrence!

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    My son and daughter are in scouts and we are volunteering at nursing homes – caroling, down town – caroling, nursing home – Christmas party, Humane Society – animal toys we made, Church – putting together Holiday baskets for people in need.

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    Ralph as "Starch"

    Belong to a group of 15 musicians who gather together and play their instruments at “Day Care Centers”, Assisted Living Instutions (4), and other gathering places.

  22. 56

    I help at the food shelter at my church, I have bought individuals food when I was really hungry myself. I also gave away and give away clothes, shoes, donated a car to a local church, and furniture to ie: bedroom set, tv’s, dinning room set , complete living room set, crates of dishes and boxes of linens and towels

  23. 58

    We give back by giving to the children at our church. Last tear blankets, this year hats and gloves. They are given to the children of the low to no income.

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    Mattie Jean Fox

    I presently have a vehicle financed with Ally. I’m very pleased with the service, my payment amount, and like being able to make payments online. I’m in need for a truck.
    I want to know if it’s possible to get a 2nd vehicle financed.
    I have made all my payments on time.

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      Ally Auto

      Hi Mattie, we’d love to finance your second vehicle. Please visit your local dealership and ask to apply for Ally financing once you decide on a new ride.

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    Robert Waples

    Was very happy to see this post! As a hands on volunteer board member of four different non-profits, its very important for me to have my auto loan or any business that I’m a part of with companies that care and give back to our communities. Bravo to Ally for making a commitment to just that and working with your local dealerships to provide resources for all of us that are providing the sweat equity and time to help others!

    • 67
      Ally Auto

      Thanks for your comment, Robert! Giving back is very important to Ally, and we’re so glad to hear that many of our customers share our passion.

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    Pamela Willis

    I am working now, seasonal, for the Salvation Army as a Bell Ringer. I’m doing this because I know 1st hand what it is like to go without food, not be able to pay bills, having your vehicle repossessed, losing your valuables in storage because you can’t pay for it, being evicted, being homeless, and struggling to find a way to get help. I want others to get help who are struggling with the same or more. I’m behind in my car pmts and need my car because I may have to “live” out of it again as I am only staying somewhere temporarily. I am receiving some help from Family Outreach with resources but it doesn’t come quick enough and I am also in the process of a pending hearing with Social Security for a disability. Can you tell me what programs you might have to offer for those of us who are in this situation?

    • 69
      Ally Auto

      Hi Pamela, thank you for your comment. Please give us a call at 1-888-925-2559 and customer care can discuss your particular situation with you.

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    B & S Produce

    We provide a FREE service. We have Santa and Mrs Claus at our produce stand for 3hrs. to give gifts to the children that attend this event. We buy the toys, Pay Santa and Mrs. Claus, this year we are paying a face painter. The children get a toy , the parents get to take pics for FREE, Santa and Mrs Clause sub their income. The face painter gets a little boost also.

    And most of all the CHILDREN (Believe) and go home HAPPY.
    We are glad to help a lot of people..
    Happy Holidays and Have a Merry Christmas

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    Working at a Sheriff’s office, I have been working with others in our office to raise money for our 5th Annual Shop with a Cop. We raise money to take less fortunate children to Christmas shop for themselves and/or others. I look forward to it every year.

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    I try and do whatever the people in our community need whether it be food, $$, firewood, clothing, etc. I have been so Blessed I try to be a Blessing to others!

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    Carolyn Moore

    My family and I work the soup kitchen in Lenoir, N.C. every Thanksgiving Day. We supply the food and the labor. This will be our 4th year doing this. I humbles us and reminds us that everyone isn’t as fortunate as we are. It truly makes it a ‘Thanksgiving’.

    • 78
      Ally Auto

      That’s wonderful, Carolyn. We’re sure the soup kitchen is grateful to have you and your family there to help. Thanks for commenting!

  31. 79

    Last year we purchased a vehicle for my son who had just gotten married and had a son who was diagnosed with full blown sickle cell , he had to take another job so he could be at home with his family which meant taking a cut in pay. His wife had to take the some time off because their child was in and out of the hospital sometimes a week or 4, 5, or 6 days. Because of the loss of income they were not able to afford the car payments anymore and I took his car and gave him mines so they would still have a vehicle. He made enough to pay the car payment but in order for me to send in payments without being late I need a smaller note. I did this to help them and now I find it will probably hurt me since I have another son at home whom I am taking care of by myself. My son is a very talented honor roll Senior with a 3.9 average in high school and now I am faced with senior expenses which iI have had to overlook because of another bill. He is a very talented young man who can sangggg. Please help me to help him. Thanks

    • 80
      Ally Auto

      Hi Kathaleen, thanks for reaching out. Please give us a call at 1-888-925-2559 and customer care can discuss your particular situation with you.

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    We’re a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization and a private party has a vehicle that’s in pretty bad shape which they want to donate to us for a tax deductible receipt. However, Ally is listed as the lien holder.

    What department should I contact to receive more information? I called Customer Care and they didn’t know who I should contact.

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