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Volkswagen Group of America Foundation Donates $125,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund to Aid Hurricane Michael Relief

Nov 5, 2018

HERNDON, VA – (November 5, 2018) – The Volkswagen Group of America Foundation, created by Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA), announced today that it will donate $125,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund, administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, in support of Hurricane Michael relief efforts following the storm’s devastating damage across Florida’s panhandle.

“VWGoA expresses its deepest thoughts and concerns for those affected by this catastrophic storm, including our employees, dealers, customers and their families,” said David Geanacopoulos, Senior Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Public Policy, VWGoA. “We appreciate all that the Volunteer Florida network and fellow volunteers are doing to help provide relief to Floridians during this rebuilding time.”

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, I’ve witnessed people coming together to help their neighbors,” said Governor Rick Scott of Florida. “These donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are another example of that kindness. While our state continues to recover from this devastating storm, we are thankful for everyone who has contributed to help our families.” 

The donation will support disaster relief efforts to help displaced residents access food, shelter, medical support, and start the recovery process to rebuild their homes and communities. Additionally, VWGoA will provide matching funds to employee donations made to Volunteer Florida or other charities in support of those communities impacted by Hurricane Michael in accordance with the VWGoA matching donations program.

“Our partner organizations and volunteers are still on the ground, working around the clock to help the people of the Panhandle recover from Hurricane Michael,” said David Mica, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of Volunteer Florida. “Volunteer Florida appreciates The Volkswagen Group of America Foundation’s generous donation to the Florida Disaster Fund and commitment to supporting these groups and individuals.”

The Volkswagen Group of America Foundation, founded in 2001, was formed by the Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., to make grants to charitable organizations, including those that provide disaster relief.

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, Virginia. The company has 8,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers.

About the Florida Disaster Fund

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.

How to Donate

Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax deductible. Donations may be made by credit card on the secure website or by check to the below address. Checks should be made payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and should include “Florida Disaster Fund - Michael” in the memo line.

Volunteer Florida Foundation

Attention: Florida Disaster Fund
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, FL 32311

Donations can be made to the Florida Disaster Fund by texting “DISASTER” ($10) or “DISASTER25” ($25) to 20222.

For additional questions about the Florida Disaster Fund, please contact info@volunteerflorida.org or call (850) 414-7400.

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