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Volkswagen Contributes $30,000 to LA Lakers Charity

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Today might be known as Giving Tuesday, but Volkswagen of America has been in a giving mood all month. It was announced earlier in November that the American division of the German brand would be donating $30,000 to the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, the official charity of the NBA team.

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The non-profit organization works to restore neighborhood basketball courts around the city to give youngsters a safe place to play basketball. Besides honing their skills, kids can use the court as a place to meet their friends and play other sports as well. Besides basketball courts, the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation also offers a variety of services concerning other sports, heath, wellness, and education. The Volkswagen donation can be allocated for any of these causes and the charity’s operations.

“Volkswagen of America is proud to support the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation in their mission to cultivate and educate our next generation of young leaders,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “As a company committed to serving local communities, we truly value this opportunity to make a positive difference in the Los Angeles area.”

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Besides this donation, Volkswagen has a long history of philanthropy in the United States. According to its group site, more than a quarter of VW employees volunteer time to help others in need. Employees also donate blood and contribute to charities using a corporate dollar-for-dollar donation matching scheme. We’ll see if VW makes any other large donations as the year draws to a close and Christmas comes closer.

Philanthropy Source: Volkswagen Group of America