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Since 2004, Honda Canada Inc. and subsidiary Honda of Canada Manufacturing have supported Earth Rangers by providing both funds and Honda vehicles, including Odyssey minivans and Insight hybrid vehicles. In schools across Ontario, the Earth Rangers’ Animal Ambassadors program presents animals up close in an exciting, interactive and safe manner; helping more than 200,000 children each year learn about endangered habitats, and things they can do to protect ecosystems and conserve the environment. Through both in-person presentations and activities on the Earth Rangers' interactive website, children gain the knowledge and skills they need to help change the world and inherit a healthy planet. Said Honda Canada Inc. Executive Vice President Jerry Chenkin, "We are committed to preserving ‘blue skies for our children,' and Earth Rangers imparts a powerful message on environmental protection to children and youth."
Civic Reading Circles help second- and third-grade students improve their literacy skills and learn to enjoy reading. Associates spend one hour a week for 10 weeks reading with the children, mentoring them and helping them enhance their reading level. Honda treats 30 minutes of each hour volunteered as work time to provide additional support to the initiative. On the last day of the program, the children take a tour of the Honda location sponsoring their circle, enjoying a final reading session there. Honda donates books to the children and their schools as an additional way to promote the enjoyment of reading. Honda Canada has supported four Civic Reading Circles during the past decade: one in Boucherville, Quebec; one in Richmond, British Columbia; and two in Toronto, Ontario.
Honda of Canada Manufacturing, a division of Honda Canada in Alliston, Ontario, Canada, makes its home along the banks of Spring Creek. The area is also home to a number of environmentally sensitive species, including the brook trout and the bluebird. Due to loss of habitat and competition from introduced bird species, the bluebird population has been in decline. Honda associates have been supporting local plants and wildlife by helping look after the Spring Creek habitat. Spring Creek Clean-up Day, usually held on the first Saturday in May, is the focus of a variety of conservation activities that in 2007 involved 75 Honda associates and their families. more
Joining hands with the ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation, Honda Canada is the founding sponsor of Family Literacy Day. Every year, on January 27, families and communities across Canada celebrate this special day, a key part of an initiative that promotes the importance of reading and learning together as a family.
In support of the Toronto Marathon, Honda sponsors the Honda Relay, an initiative designed to raise pledges in support of cancer research at the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.
Honda Canada provides programs to facilitate individual associates to take active roles in communities where they "live, work and play". more
On April 28, 2007, Honda de Mexico held a touring event for ATV fans on 74 routes throughout the country. Associates from 94 Honda dealerships and over 2,000 customers took part in the event, in which riders toured and cleaned up forests, rivers, beaches and many other precious natural environments. With garbage bags in hand, the ATV riders cleaned up at lunch break areas and anywhere else they found litter.
Every Tuesday, six American Honda Finance Corporation associates out of 30 total volunteers spend one hour tutoring first-grade students in Midway Elementary School, which is located near the company in a lower-income area of Forsyth County, Georgia. Through financial contributions, American Honda Finance Corporation helped build a school media center and has supported a program that provides each child educational materials appropriate for his or her reading level. In addition, associates participate in a year-long fundraiser that culminates just before Christmas, making individual contributions through raffles, auctions and other events to purchase Christmas gifts for disadvantaged families whose children attend the school.
Established in 1984, the American Honda Foundation is a non-profit philanthropic organization that makes grants to worthy non-profit organizations for programs with a specific focus on youth education and scientific education. The foundation has provided more than US$25 million in grants to organizations which, like Honda, value imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative action.
Founded in 1969, the National Youth Project Using Minibikes, or NYPUM, uses the incentive of riding motorcycles to help at-risk youth make positive changes in their lives and behavior. Kids discover the fun of riding, explore the great outdoors and receive valuable instruction in safe riding. Since its inception, NYPUM has helped more than 250,000 children and teenagers, and Honda has sponsored NYPUM from the very beginning, cumulatively donating over $40 million in minibikes and financial contributions. The funds support the NYPUM National Operations Center, as well as mentor training and special events. In addition, the NYPUM program in each community receives the support of a local Honda dealer.
As the founder and host of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, an academic challenge for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), American Honda provided more than $300,000 in institutional grants in 2008 to the participating schools. Over the past 20 years, the Honda Campus All Star Challenge has touched more than 50,000 students, and Honda has awarded more than $5 million in grants to improve campus life through facility improvements and expanded academic resources.
Ride for Kids® is a charitable motorcycling program that supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's mission to find the cause of and cure for childhood brain tumors. Founded in 1984, Ride for Kids® welcomed Honda as its presenting sponsor in 1991. With the help of the Honda Rider's Club of America and thousands of other motorcyclists taking to the roads in fundraising rides across the United States, the program has cumulatively raised more than $37 million to support pediatric brain tumor research and family support programs. Thanks to America's motorcycling community, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation has become the world's largest non-governmental source of funding for childhood brain tumor research.
Located in the mountain resort community of Estes Park, Colorado, and surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park, Eagle Rock School is a residential tuition-free school that accepts students who have not experienced success in traditional high school academic programs but are passionate about changing their lives. It is also a professional development center for educators who want to discover how to re-engage students in learning and help them make a difference in the world. It is important for each of the students to record, express and monitor for themselves how they have grown from their experience. Through classes and communal living, students learn the value of visualizing their own dreams and working to realize them. more
American Honda Motor provides a program to facilitate individual associates to take active roles in community where they live and work. more
On May 30, 2009, more than 40 Honda Manufacturing of Alabama associates and associates' friends and family members took to the roads in Lincoln, Alabama, as participants in the “Don't Drop It On Alabama” cleanup campaign sponsored by Alabama PALS (People Against A Littered State). The group picked up more than 200 bags of litter over the course of three hours. Since 2008, Honda has also been an active partner in the Alabama PALS “Adopt A Mile” program. In an effort to keep Alabama beautiful, HMA has committed to picking up roadside litter along US Highway 78 near the Honda factory.
Volunteer Month is a yearly Honda Manufacturing of Alabama initiative intended to spark associates' interest in giving back to society and encourage participation in Honda Star, the company's long-standing program to support volunteerism in local . During Volunteer Month, when an associate gives five hours of his or her time to a certified non-profit organization, the company donates $100 to the organization. During July 2008, the third annual Volunteer Month, over 500 associates participated, joined by over 300 friends and family members. One charitable initiative that drew extensive Honda participation was Birmingham Zoo Community Day on July 12, in which nearly 90 associates and associates' friends and family members volunteered to assist the zoo in repairs, improvements and cleaning.
The company adds financial contributions to the donations made by individual associates to the United Way in support of the United Way's efforts to assist agencies that provide health and human services to those in need.
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama provides a program to facilitate individual associates to take active roles in communities where they live and work. more