In 2010, Volkswagen Group of America sponsored the National Urban League’s Community Service Day, celebrating its 100 years of service. The National Urban League (NUL) is a civil rights organization dedicated to elevating the standard of living of historically underserved urban communities through economic empowerment. Over 1,000 volunteers engaged in more than a dozen different community service projects. Volkswagen Group of America employees participated as both team leaders and volunteers. Projects included landscaping, painting and construction of benches and sports courts. One team served breakfast to long-term care and hospice residents. Another painted 200 yards of fencing along the National Mall within the shadow of the Capitol Building. Others had the chance to just play with kids in need of a friend.