Volkswagen employees give back all summer long

From building houses to preparing meals for those in need, giving back to the communities where they live and work is part of the everyday roadmap of Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) employees.

This past summer, VWGoA locations across the country made a difference in their communities during the inaugural “Summer of Service.” As part of the effort, more than 450 employees around the country volunteered about 1,400 hours working with various charities and organizations to improve the neighborhoods around them.

From May to early September, the Summer of Service volunteer effort featured more than 25 different employee volunteer projects organized by VWGoA locations across the U.S.

“After a successful, inaugural Get Involved Week in 2015, and a Get Involved Month in 2016, the company expanded the community service initiative to the entire summer after a large number of employees expressed even more interest in volunteering,” said Machelle Williams, Senior Director for Diversity and CSR at VWGoA.

While this summer was designated as a concentrated effort to volunteer together, the company encourages employees to “Get Involved” year-round through initiatives like matching employee donations, a paid day off to volunteer and an annual leadership award recognizing employees for their outstanding efforts giving back to their communities.

As part of the Summer of Service, Volkswagen headquarters in Herndon, Va. welcomed Generosity Feeds, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing food to local children for a meal-packing event. In under two hours, roughly 50 employees assembled more than 5,000 meals to be delivered to a local elementary school.

“One of the great things about our Get Involved efforts is that they bring people from the entire company together,” said Ryan Forkenbrock an Experiential Marketing Specialist for Volkswagen. “Volunteering brings people who don’t normally get to work together, together.”

“When non-profits and businesses work together they strengthen their communities,” said Ron Klabunde, President and Founder of Generosity Feeds. “We are grateful to Volkswagen for the work they are doing to strengthen their community and offer children hope.”