Hyundai Diversity Action Team

Daily Point of Light # 3902 Jan 16, 2009

The Hyundai Diversity Action Team is a group of nearly one hundred Hyundai Team Members that donate their time, energy and money to efforts in the Montgomery, AL area. Last year, the group completed more than fifteen projects that ranged from literacy to health and hunger/nutrition and shelter. The Diversity Action Team (DAT) made a donation to Habitat for Humanity in Montgomery, which assisted Habitat in building a home for an individual in the area. Team members donated their time to help build the home from the ground up. Hyundai is also the primary sponsor for the Children's Miracle Network Radiothon at Eastdale Mall in conjunction with Cumulus Broadcasting. They also hosted first-graders from nearby elementary schools to celebrate the joy of reading and Dr. Seuss's birthday for Read Across America.

The Hyundai volunteers also supported the March of Dimes Ride for Babies campaign. They coordinated a fundraiser and Team Members made financial donations and participated in the ride to Talladega Speedway. Many have been personally affected by complications of premature births of their own children, so the relationship is a good fit. DAT volunteers support Rebuilding Together and Team Members donate their time to renovate the home of a local resident in need.

In addition, DAT volunteers have sponsored clothing drives, which have resulted in the collection of several car loads of clothing to donate to those who had a need in the community. They have planned and hosted food drives that collected more than five thousand seven hundred pounds of food for the local food bank. The Hyundai DAT has collaborated with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers & the American Red Cross and hosted blood drives for local hospitals.

The Hyundai DAT has also benefitted Elmore and Montgomery County Public School systems with school supply drives; the Salvation Army with coat drives; and the United Way with an annual Corporate Fund Drive. They have also participated in Make A Difference Day, and their projects beautified the grounds for the South Haven Nursing Home.

The list goes on and on to include annual Toys for Tots Drive, adopting a family during the holidays and sponsoring children during the holidays. What is most impressive is the consistency and compassion of their service. The Hyundai DAT looks at their community, finds out the needs, and then creates plans to meet those needs.