DaimlerChrysler Services Employees Transfer Finance Knowledge To Students Through Junior Achievement Sponsorship

* DaimlerChrysler Services Donates $5,000 to Junior Achievement in the

Fort Worth Area

* Eight Hundred Elementary Students Benefit

* Company Employees Volunteer Financial and Entrepreneurial Knowledge

Nov 18, 2003, 00:00 ET from DaimlerChrysler Services North America

    WESTLAKE, Texas, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DaimlerChrysler
 Services North America announced today a $5,000 donation to the Junior
 Achievement of the Chisholm Trail in Fort Worth, Texas, by its Customer
 Contact Center in Dallas.
     More than 800 Keller ISD elementary students will benefit from the
 donation at Lone Star and Keller-Harvel Elementary Schools during the 2003-
 2004 school year.  This donation, in conjunction with the Dallas Customer
 Contact Center employees' involvement, will encourage young students to look
 at challenges in an entrepreneurial manner and to value the free enterprise
     "We are truly committed to this initiative where our employees can serve
 as mentors and role models for students," said Janet Marzett, Senior Manager -
 Dallas Customer Contact Center.  "In doing so, we hope to provide them with a
 competitive advantage in their current academic pursuits and future leadership
     This specific program, sponsored by DaimlerChrysler Services, supports
 local elementary students by teaching them economic and business skills as
 well as helping them to develop their personal finance knowledge, which is
 important in today's work environment.  Through activities that Junior
 Achievement provides, different skills will be taught from kindergarten
 through fifth grade and are complemented by volunteer information.  Volunteers
 will spend one hour a week for five weeks working with a classroom of
     "Our classroom volunteers make financial concepts relevant by sharing
 first-hand experience with the children in our community," said Don Porter,
 Senior Manager - Remarketing, Dallas Customer Contact Center.  "As a premier
 financial services provider, it is our commitment to educate people about
 financial concepts in the communities where we live and work."
     DaimlerChrysler Services' Dallas Customer Contact Center was the second
 largest provider of volunteers for Junior Achievement in the Fort Worth area
 for the 2002-2003 school-year.  DaimlerChrysler Services' volunteers have led
 71 Junior Achievement programs reaching more than 1,500 students.  In
 addition, 55 DaimlerChrysler Services employees participated in the Junior
 Achievement Bowl-a-thon raising more than $6,900 in support of the expansion
 of Junior Achievement's programs for the year.
     About DaimlerChrysler Services North America LLC
     DaimlerChrysler Services North America LLC provides brand-specific
 financing for automotive dealers' inventories and their retail consumers and
 does business as Chrysler Financial and Mercedes-Benz Credit.  As
 DaimlerChrysler Services Truck Finance it also finances commercial vehicles
 for affiliate products such as Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star.  The
 company serves as the headquarters for the operations in the United States,
 Canada and Mexico and has over 5,500 employees who manage a portfolio of $83
 billion with nearly five million contracts.  DaimlerChrysler Services North
 America is a member of the DaimlerChrysler Services Group, headquartered in
 Berlin, Germany, which operates in 39 countries with an employee base
 exceeding 10,800 and a global portfolio of USD 118 billion.  DaimlerChrysler
 Services is one of the leading financial services companies worldwide.
     About Junior Achievement
     Junior Achievement programs encourage children to stay in school, develop
 skills to be successful in the workplace and increase their self-esteem so
 they realize they have the ability to be successful.  Junior Achievement has
 reached more than 19,000 students in the Fort Worth Area and over the past
 three years has increased the number of students in its programs by 88
 percent, making it one of the fastest growing Junior Achievement programs in
 the nation.  Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail, Inc. can be found on
 the Web at fortworth.ja.org

SOURCE DaimlerChrysler Services North America