Herndon, VA (July 7, 2014) —Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) , Inc. volunteered more than 250 hours of service today to help clean up the National Mall in Washington, D.C., following the annual Independence Day celebration.
In addition to the employee day of service, VWGoA also provided a 2014 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid to support the Trust for the National Mall in its ongoing clean-up and volunteer activities.
The 2014 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, wrapped with the Trust for the National Mall’s logo, will be used by the organization to further its mission of raising awareness and providing hands-on support for the continued restoration of America’s Front Yard. The vehicle will be provided to the Trust for its use for the remainder of Volkswagen’s sponsorship.
“Volkswagen made a long-term commitment to help restore and preserve the National Mall, and this is a great way to get our employees, and our vehicles, involved in keeping the national treasure beautiful,” said Michael Horn, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As a local company, we are especially proud to participate in the massive clean-up effort that follows one of America’s biggest and best Fourth of July celebrations.”
Throughout the day, Volkswagen employee volunteers participated in activities such as painting chain fences and benches near the Washington Monument, and cleaning up debris and pulling weeds around the nearby lake at Constitution Gardens.
“Today’s contribution demonstrates the deep level of commitment Volkswagen has for restoring and improving this iconic park. Above and beyond its generous financial donation, the company and its employees are leading the way by lending valuable time and resources to this historic effort,” said Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall.
In May 2013, Volkswagen announced a $10 million gift to the Trust for the National Mall, the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service, to help advance its efforts to preserve and protect America’s most visited national park. The donation, which is being granted over a five-year period, will support various components of the National Mall Plan, including the redesign and restoration of Constitution Gardens and the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater.
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.
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.