Here at Wantagh Mazda, we are honored to offer vehicles from Mazda, an auto company with a true conscience, evident through the Mazda Foundation. The many employees of the Mazda Foundation work together to build and improve communities throughout the country to create a better future. In fact, the Mazda Foundation has contributed more than $8 million since it was founded in 1992. Contributions from the Mazda Foundation fund non-profit organizations in many areas, including “education, literacy, social welfare, scientific research, cross-cultural understanding, and environmental conservation,” as well as much more. This leads to countless programs supported by the Mazda Foundation, such as children’s organizations, educational scholarships, food banks, environmental programs, and even disaster relief efforts. Here is a summary of the diverse programs currently supported by the Mazda Foundation:
Challenged Athletes Foundation: The Operational Rebound Program within this foundation assists injured military members in pursuing active lifestyles that often includes competitive athletics.
Clemson University, Center for Automotive Research: Three graduate students at Clemson University are being funded by Mazda to pursue degrees in automotive engineering through performance-based grants.
Dillard University: The Mazda Scholars Program at Dillard University provides scholarships to students majoring in Business and International Business at this historically black college.
Gleaners Community Food Bank: This food bank delivers an enormous of food (36 million pounds in 2010 alone) to soup kitchens, shelters, and more within the larger Detroit area and throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Tuition scholarships are awarded to Latino students attending both the University of California at Irvine and California State University at Fullerton, as well as local community colleges.
Mission Hospital: Funds from the Mazda Foundation have been used to add new operating rooms to this hospital, which is growing to meet the demand for an older, larger population.
Northern Illinois Food Bank: This charitable organization provides food to hungry people every week in 13 Illinois counties. Every dollar given to the Northern Illinois Food Bank translates to six meals for those in need.
Second Harvest Food Bank: Mazda’s funding specifically helps programs designed to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among the elderly and children in poverty – as well as a holiday project to provide holiday meals for those without.
Shoes That Fit: This program provides shoes that fit as well as clothing to children in need, so that they can comfortably attend school with their deserved self-esteem and dignity.
Student Conservation Association: Through a partnership with this association, Mazda has created the Save Our American Resources program, which sponsors a natural or cultural resource assistant in each of the 50 states.
Youth For Understanding: Lastly, Mazda has been sponsoring Youth For Understanding for more than 20 years, a program that aims to promote cross-cultural relations between the U.S. and Japan by sending high-school aged, American students to live and learn in Japan.
Many organizations are a perfect fit for the Mazda Foundation, and if you think yours might be one of them, we recommend that you apply for a grant from the Mazda Foundation by using their website, right here.
To learn more about the Mazda Foundation, contact us or visit us anytime at Wantagh Mazda.