Associates around North America Experience the Joy of Giving
Honda associates across North America got into the holiday spirit this season by giving to those in need in a variety of ways.
With the goal of bringing holiday joy to families in their communities, Team Honda participated in winter clothing drives, toy drives and food collections to make the season a little brighter.
Making a difference in our communities and providing joy for others is true reason for the season! Below is a list of how Honda associates gave back to their communities this holiday season.
American Honda Motor Co. (AHM)
For nearly 30 years, Honda has teamed up with the Salvation Army and the Torrance Marriott for an annual Sharing is Caring holiday luncheon in order to serve meals to families who are less fortunate in the South Bay community. More than 150 volunteers from the Honda Community Action Team (HCAT) signed up this year to help with activities from setup and registration to serving meals to guests. Sharing is Caring has been a long-standing tradition for American Honda.
During American Honda’s annual Appreciation Celebration on the Torrance, California, campus, attendees were encouraged to get into the holiday spirit by wearing ugly sweaters, as well as donating toys to SHIELDS for Families, one of the largest nonprofit service providers in Southern California for high-risk families. Approximately 170 toys were donated to the organization.
Honda of America Mfg. (HAM)
Through HAM’s Holiday Wish List program and the generosity of Honda associates, 700 seniors and children were “adopted” for the holidays. These individuals and countless others will benefit from various collections and drives held throughout the Marysville Auto Plant, the East Liberty Auto Plant, the Anna Engine Plant and the Performance Manufacturing Center.
In addition, 20 associates supported Our Daily Bread, a free meal program for central Ohio residents in need, by helping prepare and serve the holiday meal to clients, and enjoyed a visit from the big man himself – Santa!
Associates also collected more than 1,600 hats, coats and mittens and distributed the items to four local nonprofit agencies serving people in need of warm winter clothing, including Logan County Family & Children First Council and the YWCA Family Resource Center.
“Our goal as a company has always been to be a good neighbor and to support communities around us,” said Tom Shoupe, Honda of America Executive Vice President. “Our associates are passionate about supporting Honda’s local communities. In the past 40 years, Honda of America Manufacturing surpassed $100 million in philanthropic contributions, and associates volunteered more than 100,000 hours of service.”
Honda Canada collected nearly 100 shoeboxes containing personal care items to be distributed to women impacted by homelessness across Canada and the U.S. in support of The Shoebox Project Ottawa this season. The boxes containing donated items such as: socks, mittens and hats; something sweet, toiletries; purse-sized tissues, gift cards and coloring books.
Honda Canada also participated in the annual CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish event. This event has become one of the largest distributors of toys to those in need in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as providing financial assistance to hundreds of agencies. Honda Canada donated $15,000 in cash as well as $10,000 in toys, plus hundreds of toys donated by associates. Roughly 50 associates joined in the holiday giving festivities.
Honda Canada Mfg. (HCM)
To celebrate 50 years of Honda in Canada, HCM set the goal of adopting 50 families. We exceeded that goal and adopted 58 families including 26 from Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions, 17 from Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and 15 from Senior Wish. Associates presented these gifts which included delivering them to the hospital.
In addition, associates collected over 3,409 pounds of food for the Barrie Food Bank and over 650 toys for an annual toy drive.
Honda Engineering North America, Inc. (EGA)
EGA’s Honda Young Professionals (HYP) BRG coordinated activities at Marysville and Anna through the Union County Care Train and Angel Tree Program. Both programs allow associates to provide holiday gifts for children, teens, or seniors. Gifts were provided to 100 people. HYP also organized food drives for Union and Shelby counties.
EGA’s Women Powering Honda (WPH) BRG brought holiday cheer to children at St.Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital by decorating and sending holiday cards.
Honda Mfg. of Alabama (HMA)
HMA associates filled 300 boxes with toys, school supplies and toiletries for Operation Christmas Child this year, in what has become a popular holiday tradition for associates in Alabama. Many associates supported, helping to bring smiles and necessities to children all around the world!
Associates also participated in a toy and food drive for the holidays and collected so many items, they broke records, collecting 11,619 food and toy items distributed to 12 local nonprofit organizations.
Associates also enjoyed the Ultimate Tree Challenge – a Christmas tree decorating competition – on site.
Honda Mfg. of Indiana (HMIN)
Honda associates at HMIN collected nearly 10,000 toys and food items on behalf of the Decatur County Cheer Fund during its annual holiday project.
“Our Toy and Food drive activity is important for two reasons. First, it shows that our plant is engaged with our community. We’ve grown from donating a couple hundred food and toy items to nearly 10,000. The second reason is that it gives our community a chance to see that our company cares and wants our community to succeed. Hearing that this is the one time of the year where these kids can feel ‘normal’ with a food supply at home and new toys to play with really hit home that what we’re doing is important and needed,” said Jennifer Cissell, Administration Team Manager, Assembly Frame Department, HMIN.
Honda R&D Americas
Associates across Honda R&D Americas participated in food and toy drives for their local communities this holiday season. In California, associates collected more than 1,400 food items and toys to donate to WomenShelter of Long Beach. In Ohio, associates served as Secret Santas, purchasing and wrapping gifts for 251 children. And in North Carolina, Florida, and South Carolina, associates “adopted” five families to make sure they have an extra special holiday this year and hosted an “Angel Tree” to answer children’s wishes in their community.
Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America (HTM)
Associates in one of HTM’s Business Resource Groups collected donations of food for Our Daily Bread, which serves people in need in central Ohio.