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.

Crystal Lim

Crystal Lim, Volkswagen Group of America Herndon, VA

Involved, inspired and energized employees are the hands, heart and soul of Volkswagen Group of America. Not only do they enable us to grow and thrive as a company, but they take active volunteer roles in community programs, as well as state and national charitable service and relief efforts.

Crystal Lim, Freight Analyst, Vehicle Logistics, with Volkswagen Group of America is just one of those persons. “I volunteered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at the Oyster Restoration Center. I was amazed by the breadth of their organization, and the fact that their intent was to protect the environment full circle from land to the watershed. I think volunteering is important for Volkswagen Group of America employees, and anyone in general, because it gives you an experience you may not have had otherwise. Volunteering teaches you about those in need. It allows you to appreciate what you have by giving back to the community.”

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As part of its commitment to education and leadership in the performing arts, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia offers “one of the best internships” for college students, according to Bloomberg Business Week. Volkswagen Group of America helps fund the program for students like Elizabeth Necka from Bloomingdale, Illinois, a senior at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, where she majors in psychology and business administration, and minors in theatre. After interning with the planning and initiatives department, Elizabeth said. “The main strength of the program is that this is very specifically an internship. It’s not underpaid work like at some places…Wolf Trap provides an atmosphere in which to grow.” We look forward to watching Elizabeth continue to grow as she now decides between a master’s degree in arts and theatre management or a PhD in psychology.

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Matt Little, Compensation and Payroll Manager, Human Resources at Volkswagen Group of America’s Herndon office, speaks of the importance of volunteering.

“Whenever I think of volunteering I remember a quote I saw every day walking into the business school building when I was in college: ‘Service is the rent we pay for living in this world of ours.’ I think it is important for Volkswagen Group of America employees to get out and volunteer — to solve problems and fill needs in their communities. It’s good for the company, but more importantly volunteering makes you feel good. It makes this world a better place for all of us.”

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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. Read more »

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In partnering with DC SCORES through their Adopt-A-School program, Volkswagen Group of America encourages students in schools throughout the community to become physically fit, feel part of a team and express themselves as agents of change. DC SCORES combines afterschool creative writing, soccer and service for over 800 students at 25 schools in the Washington, D.C. area.

Students like Saba:

“My dream is to fly with pride, to sing with power, to feel the rain kiss my skin, to play soccer on muddy fields. My dream is to design with passion, to soar through the clouds, to slide down a waterfall. My dream is to help with all my love.”

– “My Dream,” poem by Saba A., MacFarland Middle School, Washington, D.C.
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Volkswagen Group of America cares for our communities and strive to be the best at what we do. Our neighbors in Virginia at the Herndon Police Department, and in Chattanooga at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and Chattanooga Police Department, share these values. That’s why we’ve proudly provided each law enforcement agency with two specially equipped vehicles that deliver the kind of performance they need to protect our communities, with added safety, comfort and style.

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