AUBURN — Lee Auto Malls  has given $50,000 to Tree Street Youth’s Campaign for Growth.

“When we saw what an impact they were having on the community, with a 100 percent high school graduation rate and 29 of their kids going to college this year, I felt it was important to dramatically increase our giving,” Lee Auto Malls Chairman Adam Lee said.

The Lewiston-based Tree Street Youth serves students from the Lewiston-Auburn communities. Nearly all the youth live below the poverty line, with 65 percent coming from immigrant or refugee families. The youth center’s daily programming offers academic support, arts and cultural enrichment classes.

Julia Sleeper, Tree Street’s founder and executive director, said the dealerships’ support and donation have “paved the way for us to launch Homestretch Heroes: a business partnership program to complete our Campaign for Growth.”

The campaign is a $1.3 million fundraising effort to expand the Tree Street Youth facility by 5,700 square feet, allowing for more classrooms and more recreation space. The college/career aspirations center will also be expanded.

With the donation, the campaign has raised $1.1 million of the $1.3 million required to begin the renovation and expansion.