Volkswagen of America And VW dealers join forces to support schools in Puerto Rico with $10,000 donation to Flamboyan Foundation

Oct 25, 2019

  • Flamboyan Foundation provides funding to help close the inequality gap in education
  • Donation is a joint effort of Volkswagen’s Southeast Region and local dealers in Puerto Rico
  • VW’s donation will support kindergarten through third grade literacy skills by funding libraries at two schools

Herndon, VA — Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced a donation of $10,000 to the Flamboyan Foundation to support literacy education for kindergarten through third grade students in Puerto Rico. The donation is a joint effort of Volkswagen’s Southeast Region and local Volkswagen dealers, and will fund libraries at two Puerto Rican schools.

“We are thrilled to be making a donation that will support education for children in Puerto Rico,” said Saad Chehab, senior vice president, VW brand marketing for Volkswagen of America. “This continues the momentum of our Drive Bigger campaign, and we look forward to seeing the schools utilize the libraries in their classrooms.”

The donation will provide 22 classroom libraries between two schools. Half of the funding was donated by Volkswagen’s two Puerto Rico dealerships to benefit schools in their areas—Flagship VW in Bayamón and Volkswagen Kennedy in San Juan. Fifteen of the libraries will be set up at Juan Morell Campos in Bayamón and seven will be set up at Pedro Carlos Timothee in San Juan.

The dedication ceremony for the teachers will take place this weekend at Santurce, San Juan. The Flamboyan Foundation invited teachers from each of the schools to attend a workshop and receive their books. Following the dedication ceremony, Volkswagen will distribute bookshelves to both schools so the teachers can build their libraries.

“At Flamboyan, we work tirelessly to assure that all children can read at grade level by third grade. Having high-quality books in the classrooms is key to achieving this goal. We are very pleased about this contribution from Volkswagen, as this effort will provide 400 K-3 students with classroom libraries and  twenty-two participating teachers with more of the tools that they need to promote a love of reading with their students,” said Carlos Rodríguez Silvestre, executive director of Flamboyan Foundation in Puerto Rico.

Volkswagen of America believes in the importance of education and is proud to support causes like the Flamboyan Foundation. This donation, which was made in addition to the company’s $1 million donation to, is part of the brand’s commitment to Drive Bigger.


About Volkswagen

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or to learn more.

About Flamboyan Foundation

Guided by the belief that all children deserve the opportunity to live a fulfilling life, the Flamboyan Foundation works to ensure every child in the US and Puerto Rico receives an outstanding education. In D.C., Flamboyan is accelerating student learning by helping educators and school systems transform their relationships with families. In Puerto Rico, Flamboyan is ensuring students are reading in Spanish on grade level by third grade while building a thriving philanthropic and nonprofit sector, which includes arts and cultural organizations.

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