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Honda surpasses $75 million in Ohio philanthropy

Recent grant to local YMCA helps company reach milestone

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With its latest round of charitable giving announced Wednesday, Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. surpassed $75 million in philanthropic contributions to local communities in Ohio.

This total includes more than $50 million in direct corporate grants to non-profit organizations, $22 million from Honda associate contributions and $3 million in donated products and services.

Honda reached the milestone with nearly $300,000 in new grants to several Central Ohio organizations announced in a small celebration at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA, which was granted $100,000 for its capital campaign.

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Morning kindergarten students at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA lead a tour of the facility following a Wednesday event where Honda of America Mfg. Inc. announced its latest grants to non-profit organizations in Ohio. Sidney-Shelby County YMCA  as well as several Logan County non-profits received grants from the auto manufacturer.

Bellefontaine’s Hilliker YMCA received $55,000 for facility improvements.

Since 1979, Honda’s charitable giving programs have supported numerous local needs and programs. These include major grants to hospitals, community centers, theaters, food banks, after-school programs, nature preserves and parks. 

“From the beginning, our aim has been to be a good neighbor and to support the many organizations that are dedicated to improving the communities around us,” said Honda of America Vice President Rick Schostek. “By partnering with great organizations like the YMCA, we’ve been able to support a number of important initiatives that have enriched many lives.”

Over the past 30 years, Honda associates have contributed more than $22 million to hundreds of United Way agencies.

In addition, associates have also volunteered more than 660,000 hours of service to local non-profit organizations of their choice through the company’s Honda Hero program. Honda has directly supported these associates by providing nearly $1.6 million to their organizations.

“Beyond the number, $75 million in philanthropy really represents the efforts of thousands of Honda associates who genuinely care about our communities and want to make a difference by getting involved,” said Caroline Ramsey, government and community relations manager for Honda of America. “Our philanthropic donations have assisted a wide variety of community needs and we remain committed to ongoing partnerships with non-profit organizations throughout the region.”

Corporate grants for Logan County have totaled $3.1 million over the years.

The Holland Theatre has received $226,000; Mary Rutan Hospital, $504,950; Hilliker YMCA, $225,000; Logan County Historical Society, $302,000; Bellefontane  Downtown Partnership, $16,000; and the International Friendship Center, $700,000.

More information about Honda of America’s charitable giving programs can be found at: http://www.ohio.honda.com/community/giving.cfm.

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