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Building on a successful initiative of 2008, in August 2009, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana held a blood drive to benefit the American Red Cross. Associates from Honda Manufacturing of Indiana and associates from Honda of America Mfg. on special assignment in Indiana gave blood in significant numbers.
In 2008, the associates of Honda Manufacturing of Indiana donated more than 450 kg of food to two Indiana food banks: Bread of Life Food Pantry in Greensburg, home of the associates' factory, and Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis, the nearby state capital. Bread of Life serves the hungry in a geographically mixed territory of rural and small town areas, while the Gleaners Food Bank serves a more urban and diverse population. Honda Manufacturing of Indiana selected these two organizations because of their excellent reputation and their presence in communities where a large number of the company's associates work and live.
Since 2005, Honda of America Mfg. has provided sponsorship grants to the Invention Convention, which inspires curiosity, confidence and creative problem solving in children from kindergarten through grade eight. A project of Just Think Inc., a local non-profit organization, the Invention Convention offers an invention-oriented educational program for schools in Central Ohio and the Miami Valley region of Ohio. The program culminates in a regional competition at which each school's best young inventors present their creations to a panel of judges, vying for the grand prize—a $2,500 college scholarship.
Since 1998, Honda of America Manufacturing has worked with The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization, to protect the creeks and wetlands on and around its Ohio manufacturing facilities. The Marysville and East Liberty plants are neighbors to the headwaters of Big Darby Creek, a state and national scenic river widely recognized as one of the most biologically diverse streams of its size in the Midwest. Honda helps conserve this precious ecosystem through water quality monitoring, public education programs and research and restoration initiatives. In addition, Honda provided $465,000 in grants to help acquire the land for the 324 ha Big Darby Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve. Volunteers in the Honda Heroes program joined in the headwaters restoration effort by removing invasive bush honeysuckle along a new trail in the preserve. In 2008, the preserve and trail opened to the public, showcasing the importance of the ecosystem both to wildlife and people. “The most amazing thing about this project is that we have a newly created preserve which is part of a unique ecosystem and located within a stone's throw of a large manufacturing facility. This project is a model for the compatibility between a strong manufacturing sector and environmental protection,” said Ohio EPA Director Chris Korleski at the opening.
Honda of South Carolina Mfg., Inc. supports the American Heart Association. In 2008, a total of 374 associates and their family members participated in the annual Heart Walk. In the company's Heart Walk fundraiser, associates raised $16,342 and the company contributed $25,000 for a total of $41,342. Honda of South Carolina also has a walking track to encourage associates to maintain strong cardiovascular health and excellent fitness overall.
Through a variety of initiatives, Honda of South Carolina supports Timmonsville Brockington Elementary School, which is located within 2 km of the Honda plant. From July 19 to August 19, 2008, Honda held a fundraiser to buy school supplies for the school. More than half of the company's associates took part, collecting over $25,000 to buy paper, notebooks, binders, glue, tissues, hand sanitizer and many other supplies for the school. Honda of South Carolina Mfg. made the donation on the occasion of its 10th anniversary.
Since 1998, Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing has sponsored the Christmas Cheer charity of Alamance County, North Carolina, which provides toys, food for Christmas dinner and warm clothing to families who have children in the eighth grade or younger or members aged 60 or older. Every November, a committee of Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing adopts Christmas Cheer families, meets with them to understand their needs and holds a competition among company departments to raise funds. After collecting the donations, the committee shops and personally visits each family to present the requested items. The fundraiser usually generates more money than is needed to sponsor the families, and Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing donates the extra amount both to Christmas Cheer to support additional families and to Meals on Wheels, a local nonprofit agency that delivers hot meals to housebound elderly adults.
Associates and temporary staff at Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing understand the importance of donating blood to help ensure that local blood banks maintain an adequate supply. Three times each year, they donate blood to the local chapter of the American Red Cross. On average, 90 persons participate and nearly 40 L are collected. Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing first began conducting regularly scheduled blood drives in 1997. After a brief interruption, the company reinstated blood drives in 2003 and now sponsors them every February, June and October.
In FY2009, Honda Precision Parts of Georgia began a new initiative, holding blood drives in May 2008, September 2008 and January 2009. From the three drives, the company collected nearly 50 L of blood to benefit those in need of transfusions in the state of Georgia. Going forward, the company plans to hold a blood drive every quarter.