Thursday, September 26, 2013

GM Foundation donates $100,000 to KCK, Kansas organizations

KANSAS CITY, Kan, – The General Motors Foundation today announced grants totaling $100,000 to support programs at eight organizations that serve the Kansas City Metro area.

The donation was marked by an event at GM’s Fairfax Assembly Plant.

“We are a long-term partner of this community and it’s our obligation to give back and make a difference where our employees, friends and families live and work,” said Bill Kulhanek, Fairfax Assembly plant manager. “The local charities receiving grants today continue to make our community a better place.”

Through the GM Foundation’s Plant City Grants, donations will be distributed to the following Kansas City nonprofits and organizations:
  • American Cancer Society – to help cancer patients with travel expenses.
  • Blue River Watershed – funding educational and science programs.
  • Communities in Schools, Kansas – to provide lunches for underprivileged students.
  • Harvesters Community Food Bank – to help sustain the local food bank.
  • Kansas City, Kansas, School Foundation for Excellence – to help keep extracurricular programs running for kids.
  • Heart of America Stand Down – to provide aid veterans and their families.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation, Kansas – to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
  • United Way – to provide health and human services in Kansas City.
“The men and women of UAW Local 31 have a social responsibility to give back and do what we can to help others in our community,” said George Ruiz, UAW Local 31, president.

This year, the GM Foundation will provide $1.6 million in funding to nearly 200 organizations in 45 plant cities where GM employees live and work. Through these grants, the GM Foundation is building stronger communities and enriching the lives of our neighbors.

The General Motors Foundation grants made across the country are given to a variety of organizations that families rely on to provide much-needed services, improve education and impact the quality of life within their respective communities.