GM Foundation Donates $20,000 to Four Area Organizations Through Plant City Grants Program

GM Foundation Donates $20,000 to Four Area Organizations Through Plant City Grants Program

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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 11:15am

CAMPAIGN: GM Social Impact

CONTENT: Press Release

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 16, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The General Motors Foundation today donated a total of $20,000 to four nonprofit organizations in the Grand Rapids community through the Plant City Grants program; Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, Greater Wyoming Community Resource Alliance, West Michigan Environmental Action Council, and West Michigan Veterans Assistance Program.

“This year, the GM Foundation will provide more than $1.7 million in funding to 209 organizations in 45 plant cities where GM employees live and work,” said GM Foundation Vice President Lori Wingerter. “Through these grants, we continue our mission to give back and build stronger communities where GM does business.”

The grant presentation took place at the Grand Rapids Operations plant.  During the event, the facility was recognized for achieving landfill-free status.  Grand Rapids Operations joins 121 other GM facilities that recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations.  This is all a part of GM’s global commitment to waste reduction.

Guests were also provided a tour of manufacturing operations, which showcased plant environmental initiatives. 

“It is important that we are good community neighbors and these grants provided by the GM Foundation allow us to give back in a big way each year,” said Grand Rapids Operations Plant Manager Rick Demuynck.  “Through the Plant City Grants initiative, we’re helping to build stronger communities and are striving to enrich the lives of our neighbors.”

The GM Foundation grants are given to a wide variety of organizations across the country that families rely on to provide much needed services, improve education and impact the quality of life within their respective communities.  The grants to these organizations and institutions will make these communities even greater places to work, live and grow.


About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit