Hyundai Motor America announced new partnerships with Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity and Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation, two local nonprofits in the Savannah, Georgia area. 

Hyundai also implemented its hydrogen STEM program for middle schools in Effingham County, raising awareness about alternative sources of energy. With the new partnerships and school-based programs, Hyundai underscores its investment in the region, which is home to Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America currently being built in Bryan County.

“Hyundai is proud to continue our investment into the Georgia community as we await the opening of Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America,” said Brandon Ramirez, director, corporate social responsibility and external relations, Hyundai Motor America. “Community support and sustainability are key pillars to our corporate social responsibility initiative. These partnerships emphasize our commitment to advancing our vision of Progress for Humanity and creating a better, more sustainable future for all.”  

The Hyundai donation to the Costal Bryan Tree Foundation Inc. on Aug. 31, 2023, in Savannah, GA. (Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)

The Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity is committed to creating affordable homeownership for families in Chatham County, Georgia. As the organization prepares to break ground on two properties in September, the donation will assist in the development cost of preparing one of these sites for the masonry work to start framing. This donation is part of Hyundai’s corporate social responsibility initiative, Hyundai Hope, which seeks to uplift children and families by means of fostering positive growth in communities.

“It is an honor to see companies reinvest in the communities they work in,” said Zerik Samples, CEO, Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. “We are thrilled about this new partnership and grateful for Hyundai’s commitment to improving the wellbeing of society. Together, we will build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.”

The Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation’s mission is to plant, promote, and protect trees, especially live oaks, the state tree of Georgia. The donation will be used to help replant trees within the Coastal Bryan County region, specifically species native to the region.

“The Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation has been planting a legacy of canopy trees in Richmond Hill and South Bryan County for the last twenty-three years, and most recently we have extended our efforts into North Bryan County,” said Jackie Montesino, president, Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation. “Protecting and promoting our community’s tree canopy allows us to maintain the beauty and character of Bryan County, of which residents hold near and dear to their hearts. I would like to extend our sincerest gratitude towards Hyundai, whose donation will allow us to continue our efforts.”

The Hyundai Hydrogen STEM Program has been shared with over 800 students throughout the states of California and Georgia and it took place again this year at schools in Effingham County, Georgia. Students built their own hydrogen fuel-cell powered miniature model vehicles and raced them on a Hyundai racetrack.

“The partnership we are starting to develop with Hyundai is outstanding,” said Todd Wall, chief executive officer, Effingham College and Career Academy. “They are here looking to build relationships with parents, teachers, and administrators, and most of all, they are building relationships with our students who could one day be employees in the future for their companies.”

Hyundai Hope
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Sept. 5, 2023