In addition to these grants, the GM Foundation donated $75,000 earlier this year to the Heartland Habitat for Humanity to work on a new home in the Armourdale District of Kansas City.
The total GM Foundation’s contributions to the Kansas City metro area this year is $175,000.
“In addition to producing award winning vehicles, GM plants and its employees are dedicated to improving local communities,” said GM Fairfax Plant Manager William Kulhanek. “The grants provided by the GM Foundation allow us to give back in a big way”.
A press conference announcing the grants was held inside the plant, where elected officials and grant recipients were present.
“This year, the GM Foundation will provide more than $1.7 million to 209 organizations in 45 plant cities where GM employees live and work,” said GM Foundation Vice President Lori Wingerter. “Through these grants, we continue our mission to give back and build stronger communities where GM does business.”
Through the GM Foundation’s Plant City Grants program, funds will support the following organizations and community programs:
- American Cancer Society – To help cancer patients with travel expenses to and from the Hope Lodge for treatment.
- Blue River Watershed – For educational and science programs where students learn about the environment around their schools.
- Harvesters Community Food Bank – To provide resources and support for overall operations. Heart of America Stand Down – To help provide veterans and their families with food and personal care items.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation– To grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
- United Way – To provide health and human services in Kansas City.