Think of others and give joy: At Christmas time, numerous Volkswagen Group employees’ collect and donate money for good causes. We provide an insight into various Christmas initiatives.
Baking cookies together, decorating the Christmas tree and strolling across the Christmas market – during the holiday season the excitement rises on a daily basis in the run up to Christmas. But not everyone can look forward to Christmas due to illness or financial hardships. That is why it has been a tradition at Volkswagen Group Components for four years now to give these people a little joy during the holiday season. This year, the employees of Volkswagen Group Components are meeting the Christmas wishes of needy or sick children and senior citizens. Colleagues at the central divisions in Wolfsburg, as well as at German and Polish component locations from Braunschweig to Poznań collect Christmas wishes from various social institutions.
The Components division fulfils more than 900 Christmas wishes
The wishes for the Wolfsburg trees came this year from young people from supervised housing facilities of the Christian Youth Village Germany (CJD), senior citizens living in Diakonie (Social Services organization) retirement homes, as well as child refugees. The vouchers for the therapeutic horse riding at the horse educational stables in Braunschweig, go to the children of the Trostinsel and the families of the outpatient children, and youth hospice work in Wolfsburg.
Great willingness to donate at all locations
Ariane Kilian, Head of Communication and Compliance at Group Components, has been organizing the campaign since it was launched in 2016. She is impressed by the great willingness to donate at the Volkswagen locations and in Wolfsburg: “It is great that we can make so many people happy at Christmas together. My sincere thanks go to everyone who took part in the Christmas tree campaign.” Over the last few days, the organizational teams at the locations have distributed the gifts to the social institutions. Volkswagen Group Components CEO Thomas Schmall launched the campaign in 2016 and placed four privately donated Christmas trees in front of his office and in the central areas. Every year, more and more areas and locations of Volkswagen Components have responded to his call and turned the spontaneous campaign into a beautiful Christmas tradition.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles supports curative education institutions
Tradition during the holiday season is also the keyword at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hanover: The 15,000 employees of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles have been collecting for a good cause for decades. In 2019, employees and company management donated a total of 30,000 euros to charitable institutions.
“I know that it is a matter of the heart for all Commercial Vehicle employees to support disadvantaged children. For many decades, employees’ donations have been a solidarity-based support and promotion of institutions in the Hanover region,” says Stavros Christidis, Deputy Chairman of the Works Council. With the money, the workforce and company management support six curative education institutions in the Hanover region, where children and young people with disabilities are taught and supported.
The staff of the Transparent Factory in Dresden collected 2,428.41 Euros for the Sonnenstrahl e.V. with the ‘remaining cent’ donation campaign this year. The association cares for children and adolescents suffering from cancer. During the campaign, the amount behind the decimal point is deducted from the pay slip. The Service team from the Factory initiated a fundraising campaign for animal shelters during the holiday season. The team hung the requests for the animals on Christmas trees placed in the canteens – from cat food, scratch trees and transport boxes for cats to collars, toys, blankets or treats for dogs.