July 4th marks one of the biggest celebrations for America. But it also brings with it some undesirable aftermath, such as wear-and-tear on the parks and, to be blunt, rubbish. And every year, volunteers from all walks of life spend time cleaning up various public areas following the annual Independence Day celebration. This year, Volkswagen Group of America employees volunteered more than 250 hours of service to help clean up the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on July 7th.
In addition to the employee service, the automaker’s Virginia-based subsidiary also provided a 2014 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid to support the Trust for the National Mall in its ongoing clean-up and volunteer activities. Wrapped in the Trust for the National Mall livery, the SUV will be used by the organization “to further its mission of raising awareness and providing hands-on support for the continued restoration of America’s Front Yard”. The vehicle will be provided to the Trust for its use for the remainder of Volkswagen’s sponsorship.
“Volkswagen made a long-term commitment to help restore and preserve the National Mall, and this is a great way to get our employees, and our vehicles, involved in keeping the national treasure beautiful,” said Michael Horn, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As a local company, we are especially proud to participate in the massive clean-up effort that follows one of America’s biggest and best Fourth of July celebrations.”
Volkswagen Group employees took part in such activities as painting chain fences and benches near the Washington Monument, as well as cleaning up debris and pulling weeds around the nearby lake at Constitution Gardens.
“Today’s contribution demonstrates the deep level of commitment Volkswagen has for restoring and improving this iconic park. Above and beyond its generous financial donation, the company and its employees are leading the way by lending valuable time and resources to this historic effort,” said Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall.
VW’s volunteer efforts at the National Mall join its $10 million donation to the Trust for the National Mall — the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service. Announced in May of 2013, the money was earmarked to help advance the organization’s efforts to preserve and protect America’s most visited national park. The gift, which is being granted over a five-year period, will support numerous elements of the National Mall Plan, including the redesign and restoration of Constitution Gardens and the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater.