Honda Canada Foundation (HCF), Honda’s charitable arm in Canada, announced today a $10,000 donation to support the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie and a $5,000 donation to support the Barrie Food Bank’s CareKitchen. The CareKitchen connects local restaurants with shelters and families in need to provide prepared restaurant meals. These donations build on the $1.5 million already committed by Honda companies across North America to support food insecurity, and to provide vital medical supplies and equipment for frontline healthcare providers.
“Barrie is a growing city which many of our associates call home,” says Tom Lake, Co-Chair, Honda Canada Foundation and Executive Vice President, Honda of Canada Mfg. “Investing in Barrie is a natural step as we work together to support vulnerable people in our communities by ensuring they have access to nutritious meals and shelter free from violence.”
“I want to thank the Honda Canada Foundation for their generous support for these organizations”, says Jeff Lehman, Mayor of Barrie. “At this very difficult time in our community, it’s incredible to see Simcoe County’s largest private sector employer stepping up with donations where they are needed most. These organizations have been among the hardest hit by increased demand since the arrival of COVID-19 and the assistance is both timely and most welcome.”
In addition to financial support, Honda Canada and Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) are donating personal protective equipment, including HCM built face shields, to hospitals and long-term care homes. Associates are also helping their communities through “virtual volunteering” opportunities and sorting food at the local food bank.
About Honda Canada Foundation
Established in 2005, Honda Canada Foundation (HCF) aims to enable the realization of dreams through various annual philanthropic activities and funding to non-profit registered charities across Canada where Honda customers and associates live, work and play. HCF focuses on four key pillars – family, environment, engineering and education – and endeavors to donate more than $2 million each year to groups in need. More than 6.5 million Canadians have benefited from Honda Canada and Honda Canada Foundation funded charitable programs. For more information, please visit www.hondacanadafoundation.ca.