13 Projects

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Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington Volkswagen Education and science

Volkswagen Group of America has been a community supporter ofthe Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) for 12 years. In 2016, Volkswagen Group of America continued its longstanding collaboration with the Fairfax Region of BGCGW with a $25,000 donation in support of its educational programs and signature events. 

Moreover, for the past three years, VWGoA has hosted a Leadership Camp for the BGCGW at its Herndon, Va. headquarters, where VWGoA colleagues offer BGCGW students valuable insights into potential professional career paths.

Championing Youth Volkswagen Education and science

Volkswagen Group of America is a longstanding supporter of DC SCORES, an after-school program in Washington, D.C. that works with underserved elementary school students. In 2016, VWGoA donated $25,000 to DC SCORES’ governing chapter, America SCORES, to further the non-profit’s mission in helping children become physically fit, feel part of a team and express themselves as agents of change through poetry.

Helping to Rebuild Communities Impacted by Natural Disasters Volkswagen Regional support

Volkswagen is deeply embedded within our communities and believe it to be our responsibility as good corporate citizens to support our neighbors when natural disasters strike. The Volkswagen Group of America Foundation was established to make grants to organizations that specifically provide disaster relief.   

In 2016, the VWGoA Foundation donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist with relief efforts after catastrophic floods in Louisiana, and $50,000 to the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WV VOAD) to aid flood relief efforts in the state. Following devastating wildfires in Tennessee, the VWGoA Foundation also made a $50,000 donation to the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund in support of relief and recovery assistance.

LA Lakers Foundation Volkswagen Education and science

Volkswagen of America is committed to making a positive difference in local communities. With deep roots in California, including the Los Angeles region, the company proudly donated $30,000 to the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation in 2016. As the official charity of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, the Foundation is dedicated to transforming the lives of underserved youth through an array of services in education, health, wellness and sports.

MoMA Volkswagen Culture and arts

In 2016, Volkswagen Group of America celebrated its fifth year collaborating with The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1. Since the establishment of the relationship in 2011, Volkswagen has supported approximately 40 projects, including educational opportunities for people around the world, teen-focused learning initiatives, cultural exhibitions, and other special programming.

As Lead Sponsor of MoMA Education, VWGoA plays an integral role in inspiring creativity and fostering engagement with the arts and culture for all individuals—regardless of age and location—by allowing the Museum to offer its award-winning education programs and online courses to a global audience at little to no cost to participants. Among other initiatives, VWGoA continues to help expand MoMA's online courses, and recently paved the way for the translation of their most popular course into Mandarin Chinese. 

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National Mall Volkswagen Environmental protection

Through a $10 million donation to the Trust for the National Mall Volkswagen Group of America continues to advance efforts to restore, preserve, and protect America's most visited national park. Established in 2013, the donation has been granted over a five-year period.

Partners in Education Volkswagen Education and science

The future of technological innovation relies on our next generation of workers, and it is up to us to prepare young adults today for the skills needed to take on this enormous responsibility. For nearly a decade, Volkswagen Group of America has committed to cultivating students and teachers interested in studying advanced automotive technology through the VWGoA Partners in Education program.

Since 2008, VWGoA has contributed $4.1 million to helping schools and technical institutions throughout the Virginia and Washington, D.C., area, augment the educational experience of its automotive technician and business management programs. 

Sponsoring Young Artists with Disabilities Volkswagen Culture and arts

Volkswagen Group of America is proud of its ongoing relationship with the Kennedy Center and 14-year sponsorship of VSA’s work. VWGoA has provided more than $1 million in funding to support these accomplished artists, as well as underscoring its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The program, which annually features artwork by artists aged 16 to 25, supports individuals with disabilities during a critical time in their lives when many are deciding whether to pursue the arts as a career.

In September 2016, fifteen talented visual artists converged in Washington, D.C. for the culmination of the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program. Every year, this program awards outstanding young artists with disabilities with cash prizes, professional opportunities, and visibility for their work. Alongside a weekend of career development activities in D.C., the 2016 winners attended celebratory receptions on Capitol Hill and at the VWGoA’s headquarters Herndon, Va. Their artwork has embarked on a nine-month tour of galleries and schools throughout the United States. The professional connections and exposure that each winner receives through this program allow them to take profound steps in their artistic journeys and careers alike.

Veterans to Technicians Program Audi Education and science

Audi of America received the 2016 Corporate Statesmanship Award from the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress for developing the Veterans to Technicians Program. The program addresses one of the most important challenges facing returning military services members: finding high quality employment that translates a veteran’s skills into a satisfying and fulfilling career. The Veterans to Technicians Program trains former military personnel to become service technicians, service consultants, shop foremen and parts specialist in dealerships across the country. Audi recognizes that veterans are ideal employees for their dealerships because they bring the skills, experience, maturity, integrity and work ethic to Audi’s growing market. With 255 of the 283 Audi dealerships offering the Audi Veterans to Technicians Program, service members from all branches of the military have been trained and employed since the program launched in 2013. This program is just one of many veterans-oriented projects initiated by Audi’s parent company, the Volkswagen Group of America.

Volkswagen Chattanooga Mechatronics Akademie Scholarship Volkswagen Education and science

Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations (Volkswagen Chattanooga) has established the Volkswagen Mechatronics Scholarship fund in the amount of $45,000 to support the students enrolled in the Volkswagen Mechatronics Akademie program. The fund assets are managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.

The Volkswagen Mechatronics Akademie is a workforce development initiative that features a partnership between the Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE), Chattanooga State Community College (Chattanooga State) and Volkswagen Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga State portion of the program has a tuition component that many high school students are unprepared to meet. All of the Mechatronic Akadamie students qualified for and were awarded funds from the Volkswagen scholarship, which covers that aspect of their training.

Volkswagen eLabs Volkswagen Education and science

Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations (Volkswagen Chattanooga) and the State of Tennessee announced the establishment of a $1 million program that will allow Hamilton County middle and high schools to apply for funds to create a science lab in their school.

Named the Volkswagen eLabs, the program will allow students to gain access to emergent technologies, including automated manufacturing equipment, 3D printers, robotics, programmable microcomputers, renewable energy kits and other science-related activities.

Volkswagen Group of America Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer Volkswagen Health

In September 2016, Volkswagen of America collaborated with The Pink Agenda, a non-profit devoted to eradicating breast cancer, along with breast cancer survivor and television personality Giuliana Rancic and her FAB-U-WISH initiative, to help raise money for breast cancer research and improve the lives of those undergoing breast cancer treatment. As part of the collaboration, Volkswagen auctioned the first limited-edition 2017 Volkswagen #PinkBeetle to arrive in the U.S. market, raising $30,272.00, with proceeds benefiting The Pink Agenda’s and FAB-U-WISH’s efforts to fight against breast cancer.

Employees across the Volkswagen Group of America network also celebrated #PinkBeetle Day to kick off the launch of Volkswagen’s new #PinkBeetle, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Women In Motion (WIM) Employee Resource Group (ERG) chapters from VWGoA locations across the country planned company-wide fundraisers throughout the month to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. VWGoA colleagues from across the country helped raise close to $10,000, with the company matching donations program, for breast cancer awareness.

In the same month, VW Chattanooga participated in the America Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, where more than 2,500 supporters and 140 teams raised $150,000 to help the ACS save lives from breast cancer.

Volkswagen Group of American Employees Give Back Volkswagen Voluntary work

In 2016, more than 300 Volkswagen Group of America employees volunteered approximately 900 hours with charitable organizations in the communities where they live and work as part of the company’s “Get Involved Month,” an initiative empowering employees across the country to support and give back to their communities within a dedicated month of service.

VWGoA also encourages employees to “Get Involved” year-round, providing robust incentives for employees to serve their communities. They include a matching employee donations initiative, a company-wide Dollars for Doers Program that provides a yearly one-time financial donation to a charity at which a full-time employee has volunteered for eight hours or more, and providing employees with a paid time off to volunteer.