Through the company’s 2011 United Way campaign, Honda associates have raised $1,455,733 for local United Way agencies. Including pledges for the coming year, cumulative total contributions to United Way agencies since the Honda campaigns started in 1982 will exceed $30 million.
This is the 16th year that Honda’s total exceeded $1 million through associate pledges and the company’s match of 50 cents per dollar contributed. The annual campaign solicits contributions from associates at Honda of America Mfg., Inc., and Honda Engineering North America, Inc.
“These funds will support hundreds of local agencies that provide educational programs for youth, care for people in crisis and programs on family health, among others,” said Bobbie Jo Trittschuh, Honda’s United Way project leader. “We know from working with local agencies that the needs for services have grown during these challenging times.”
A large majority of associates participated and the average pledge increased during Honda’s 2011 campaign. While the pledges have a significant impact in communities near Honda facilities, they also were broadly distributed into 62 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
“In addition to United Way, many of our associates also are involved volunteering their time and unique talents to local organizations that help improve our communities and peoples’ lives,” said Tom Shoupe, senior vice president and Honda’s campaign chair. “It is gratifying to see our associates continuing to step forward by increasing their participation level this year.”
Honda of America operates three plants in Ohio, including the Marysville Auto Plant in Union County, Anna Engine Plant in Shelby County and East Liberty auto Plant in Logan County. Honda engineering has operations at the Marysville and Anna locations.