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Monarch receives gift from Enterprise Holdings Foundation for Mental Health First Aid program

Enterprise Foundation photoThe Enterprise Holdings Foundation recently awarded $2,500 to Monarch to support its Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program, an eight-hour course that teaches participants to identify and provide assistance to someone who might be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.

Because 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 youth experience a mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), MHFA helps participants to recognize signs of substance abuse disorders and mental illness such as depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, eating disorders and self-injury. Those who attend the session will learn how to connect individuals demonstrating or exhibiting these signs to proper professional care and resources.

The Enterprise gift will assist Monarch with continuing to offer its public MHFA trainings. To date, Monarch, with support from community and business partners, has provided training to 300 people statewide.

The Enterprise Holdings Foundation gives back and strengthens through charitable support in thousands of communities where Enterprise customers and employees work and live. The grant to Monarch was made possible by local employees of Enterprise Fleet Management, an affiliate of Enterprise Holdings.

Blake Martin, Monarch’s chief development officer, said this secured gift demonstrates the importance of Monarch’s partnership with Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company that operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. He said the support also helps Monarch to increase awareness and understanding that mental illness is real, common and treatable.

“Enterprise has been a valuable corporate partner to Monarch over the years,” Martin explained. “This gift supports important training in our communities and helps reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.”

About Monarch Established in 1958, the nonprofit organization provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and is CABHA certified. Monarch operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch is “Helping Dreams Take Flight” for people living in our communities, please call (866) 272-7826 or visit

About Enterprise Holdings is the most comprehensive and largest car rental company in the world measured by revenue, employees and fleet. Enterprise Holdings, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands. Enterprise Holdings offers business and retail customers a total transportation solution through a worldwide network of more than 8,200 airport and neighborhood locations as well as vanpooling and car sharing programs.                                                                                                ###                                                           
Pictured (l-r): Tyshima Dumas, Enterprise account fleet coordinator; Matt Plyler, Enterprise account executive; Blake Martin, chief development officer at Monarch; Bryan Calloway, director, Enterprise fleet management; Donald Lind, fleet manager at Monarch; and Cindy Jones, chief financial officer at Monarch.

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