VWGoA Sponsors Volunteer Day of Service at 2014 National Urban League Conference

Volkswagen Group of America rallies conference attendees to help underserved communities in Cincinnati
Jul 30, 2014 6:00 PM ET
VW's Machelle Williams leads a team of volunteers at the 2014 National Urban League Conference

Cincinnati, OhioJuly 30, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Volkswagen Group of (VWGoA), Inc. continued its long-standing partnership with the National Urban League (NUL) during the 2014 NUL Conference in Cincinnati by mobilizing hundreds of conference attendees and residents to volunteer their time to assist underserved children and families.

VWGoA’s signature event at the NUL conference, called the “Volunteer Zone,” enables conference attendees and local residents to volunteer their time assembling back-to-school kits and family kits for children, teachers, unemployed individuals and other members of the local, underserved community in Cincinnati.

This year, the Volunteer Zone assembled and donated 500 kits consisting of healthy snacks, school supplies, hygiene products and other items to the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati's Avondale After School Program and the Carl H. Lindner YMCA that provide hot meals, enrichment activities and homework assistance to students in the Avondale Community.  This event marks the fifth year that Volkswagen has partnered with NUL to lead a community service initiative associated with the national conference.  

“Volkswagen values our partnership with the National Urban League and the opportunity it provides to make a positive difference in underserved communities across the country,” said Machelle Williams, General Manager, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility. “The Volunteer Zone sends a positive and resounding message to local residents that we care and are committed to the communities where we live and work.”

VWGoA employees were joined by Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League, during the Volunteer Zone activities.

"For the past five years, the National Urban League and Volkswagen have partnered on a vital component of our Annual Conference - the Volunteer Zone in our Expo Hall," Morial said. "Service is a bedrock principle of the Urban League Movement, and the Volunteer Zone engages hundreds of volunteers on-site to demonstrate the kind of service in action that happens in the more than 300 communities that we serve every day."

Volkswagen Group of America encourages employees nationwide to participate in community service and volunteer efforts through its internal “Get Involved” campaign, which includes special incentives such as paid time off to volunteer and company matching for charitable donations.

For more information about Volkswagen’s community service activities, please visit http://www.volkswagengroupamerica.com/inthe.html


About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va.; VWGoA brings vehicles to the U.S.  that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and eco-conscious automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers. 


About the National Urban League
The National Urban League (www.nul.org) is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization dedicated to economic empowerment in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League has improved the lives of tens of millions of people nationwide through direct service programs that are implemented locally by its 94 Urban League affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The organization also conducts public policy research and advocacy activities from its D.C.-based Washington bureau. The National Urban League, a BBB-accredited organization, has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, placing it in the top 10 percent of all U.S. charities for adhering to good governance, fiscal responsibility and other best practices.

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