Giving Back

You know who we are by the difference we make.

In every community where we work and live, we take our responsibilities as citizens very seriously. We welcome the opportunity to make a difference.

American values like respect for hard work, diversity, social responsibility and active sustainability are integral characteristics of our company culture. We renew our commitment each day through our corporate programs and employee involvement.

We’re a responsible partner — on the road and in your neighborhood.

Audi Best Buddies

Best Bud participants and members of the Audi U.S. Polo Team celebrate a successful day at Audi's Best Buddies Polo Experience

On Saturday, March 19, the Audi U.S. Polo team hosted the “Audi Best Buddies Polo Experience” at its home base, the Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, Fla. The event benefitted Best Buddies International, a vibrant organization founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read more »


VWGoA Library Donation

Birgit Whale presents Mayor Andrew Fox (right) and Thousand Oaks Library Director Stephen Brodgen (left) with a $5,000 donation to the Thousand Oaks Library on behalf of Volkswagen Group of America.

The Thousand Oaks Library, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., will now offer more than just books in paperback or hardback.  Birgit Whale, Administrative Assistant/Project Specialist IUP, VWGoA, acting on behalf of the VWGoA Diversity Committee members at Westlake Village, recently presented the library with a $5,000 check, which the library will put towards creating its new electronic book collection. As a result, those who own Kindles, NOOKs, iPads, etc. will be able to visit the Thousand Oaks Library and peruse its electronic book selections to upload directly to their electronic devices. Read more »


So Others Might Eat group photo

VCI Team gathers for a group photo after a rewarding experience of serving the homeless. Left to right: Misti Murphey, Bill Pruden, Josie Cayetano, Marc Aghili, Cicely Holland, John Gressa, Jessica Gessner, Joanna Sherry

Eight team members from Volkswagen Credit (VCI), driven by giving spirits and a collective desire to make a difference, volunteered at So Others Might Eat (SOME), a Washington, D.C.-based homeless shelter that has assisted the homeless for 40 years.

Cicely Holland, CRM Specialist, VCI, admits that she was both surprised and humbled by the experience. “It was a humbling experience because you realize that you aren’t much different from the people who were there,” she said. “We’re all human; they just came into some hard times and are depending on people to help. I was surprised by how friendly and appreciative they were of our service.” Read more »

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Virginia Tech team photo

Members of the FSAE team at Virginia Tech credit VWGoA for providing them the financial support to help them continue to design formula-style racing cars.

Mechanical engineering students at Virginia Tech who are interested in pursuing careers in motorsports credit Volkswagen Group of America for moving them closer to their goals. VWGoA is a supporter of the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) team and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Series, both housed at Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory on Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg, Va. Read more »


SoberRide Free Cab Service

Volkswagen Group of America was a key player in keeping highways safe in the Greater Washington, D.C. area during the holiday season. VWGoA sponsored SoberRide, a free cab ride service that gave would-be drunk drivers a safe alternative from driving drunk from Dec. 17, 2010 to 6 a.m. New Year’s morning. The SoberRide effort is conducted by the nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). Read more »


Planting 4 million baby oysters in the Severn River outside Annapolis, Maryland, requires many hands and a bit of seed money. Volkswagen Group of America is proud of our hands-on support of this project and our relationship with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, dedicated to restoring and protecting the largest estuary in the United States. More than 150 rivers and streams drain into the Bay off the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by Maryland and Virginia. Preserving this natural treasure is just one example of our environmental stewardship, which also includes student scholarships to the foundation’s student leadership summer youth program.