Fifth Annual Week(s) of Service Concludes
Team Honda Week(s) of Service rolled toward its Aug. 31 end with many Honda associates, suppliers and dealer employees around the country completing volunteer activities.
The program was lengthened this year to enable volunteers the opportunity to safely support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. And the extension from one week to three months has given Honda associates, suppliers and dealerships more time to help in the communities where they live and work.
The volunteer activity this year included virtual drives of various types – food drives and school supply drives – collecting more than 50,000 items. The virtual food drive collected 18,7000 items and $43,000 in monetary donations.
While several Honda companies held their own school supply drives, a virtual school supply drive allowed associates to donate to schools across the country from the comfort of their home for the first time. The virtual drive exceeded its goal of 10,000 items with more than 33,000 goods collected – a value of $41,067.
“Elementary education is so important as a base for future success,” said American Honda associate Justin Fields in his donation of supplies to Columbus City Schools in Ohio. “Keep supporting these amazing educators!”
Honda associates have been encouraged to participate in the Team Honda Cares social campaign through the end of August by conducting a small act of service and sharing it on social media using the hashtag #ShowYourService.
Read on to see what has been happening during the Team Honda Week(s) of Service.
Frank Leta Honda in St. Louis, Missouri, held a food drive and spent some quality time walking dogs for the Stray Rescue of St. Louis.
Employees of the Honda of Newnan dealership in Georgia held a blood drive with their local American Red Cross that resulted in the collection of 17 pints of blood.
Associates at the Indiana Auto Plant (IAP) packed 5,000 macaroni and cheese meals through the Million Meal Movement. Honda has a long relationship with the Million Meal Movement and has packed more than 30,000 meals for people in need in Indiana communities over the past three years.
American Honda (AHM) associates held a blood drive on the Torrance, California, campus, donating a total of 35 pints of blood.
The Honda of El Cajon dealership in San Diego hosted a food and hygiene drive for the East County Transitional Living Center and Crisis House.
Alabama Auto Plant (AAP) associates spruced up the grounds of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind for Week(s) of Service. Honda has a long-standing partnership with the group.
In New Hampshire, the Honda of Keene dealership spent two days landscaping and pulling weeds at the Keene Senior Center.
Employees of the Mohawk Honda dealership in New York donated toys and books to the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady.
Anna Engine Plant (AEP) associates volunteered at Agape Distribution, a local food pantry, in Sydney, Ohio, packing food and pulling weeds.
Roxborough State Park in Colorado benefited from the Team Honda Week(s) of Service when volunteers from AHM Zone 5 created a new trail for park visitors.
Last week, the Honda Canada Community Relations team, in partnership with Zone offices, held their first Back to School Backpack Campaign. Associates across Canada were proud to support local charities who work with underserved youth that are preparing to return to school.
In summary, over 100 associates at the National and Zone offices took part in raising over $1,200, donating over 100 backpacks and over 1,000 needed school supplies. In addition, the Honda Canada Foundation team worked with each Zone office to select an appropriate local charity to receive a $5,000 donation to directly support local back to school efforts.