Created on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 Written by SUE PITTS
MARYSVILLE — Contributions from Honda associates, along with matching funds from the company, raised more than $1.4 million during the 2013 United Way campaign.
The annual campaign solicits contributions from associates at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. and Honda Engineering North America, Inc. to support numerous non-profit agencies in local communities.
This is the 18th consecutive year that associates and Honda of America donations have exceeded the $1 million mark. Including the latest pledges for the coming year, cumulative contributions to United Way agencies since the Honda campaigns began in 1982 will exceed $33 million.
“We have a strong team of associates at Honda who support United Way agencies through personal volunteering and by providing funding for their operations,” said Bobbie Jo Trittschuh, who manages the United Way campaign at Honda of America.
“In another outstanding effort, our associates are supporting hundreds of local agencies that, among many other things, provide educational programs for youth and care for people in crisis,” she said.
A large majority of Honda associates participated and the average pledge increased during the 2013 campaign. While the pledges have a significant impact in communities near Honda facilities, they also were broadly distributed into 59 of Ohio’s 88 counties, and 39 counties outside Ohio.
“We know from working with local agencies that the needs for services have grown during these challenging times,” said Rick Schostek, senior vice president and Honda’s campaign co-chair.
“In addition to their United Way contributions, many of our associates also are involved volunteering their time and unique talents to local organizations that help improve our communities and peoples’ lives," he noted.
Honda of America operates three plants in Ohio, including the Marysville Auto Plant in Union County, the Anna Engine Plant in Shelby County and the East Liberty auto plant in Logan County.
Honda engineering has operations at the Marysville and Anna locations. Associates at other Honda operations in Ohio also participate in local United Way campaigns.