VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA GIVES BACK AT 2017 NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE CONFERENCE
Aug 23, 2017
St. Louis, MO (August 23, 2017) – Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) employees and interns journeyed to St. Louis for four action-filled days to volunteer their time to support empowering causes at the 2017 National Urban League (NUL) Conference.
Behind VWGoA’s impressive display, which included the all-new 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan, Audi A6, Audi A7 and Lamborghini Aventador, a VWGoA-sponsored Volunteer Zone encouraged Conference participants to stuff backpacks with school supplies for local students and assemble kits for St. Louis’ homeless community. VWGoA colleagues, including Howard University and INROADS interns, as well as other Conference attendees made it possible for more than 10,000 schoolchildren to receive a backpack.
“I think it’s important for us to have a presence at conferences like this because more and more the public is looking for corporations to have a positive impact in the community,” said Machelle Williams, Sr. Director, Diversity & CSR, VWGoA. “Working with organizations like the National Urban League who are actively improving people’s lives dovetails nicely with our mission and expands our impact into communities we might not otherwise reach.”
Held at America’s Center in downtown St. Louis, this year’s NUL event featured the nation’s most influential community leaders, together with top policy-makers, academicians, business leaders and artists. Community-building was the focus of the conference, which chose the emphatic rallying cry “Save Our Cities” to represent this aim.
“Through Volkswagen’s support and collaboration, we have been able to give back to our Conference host city and share the spirit of our mission,” said Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League. “Volkswagen’s commitment to lifting people up and strengthening communities is a powerful example of responsible corporate leadership.”
VWGoA has proudly served as an annual sponsor of NUL conferences, the nation’s largest civil rights and social justice conference, for over a decade.
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.; the company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers.
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