In brief: Kia Motors donates time, money to Harris County schools

June 21, 2014 

Through a partnership with DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that makes it easy to help students in public schools across the United States, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) and its employees have contributed more than $5,400 to 16 classroom projects in Harris County, the company said. It has impacted more than 700 students.

KMMG representatives recently visited the second-grade class of Catherin Hehman at Park Elementary School in Hamilton, Ga. Hehman's classroom received Lego kits, which the students are using to solve math problems and for building graphs. The class also received special ergonomic seats for the students.

"We thank the students, teachers and administration at Park Elementary School for being an outstanding example of the benefits this partnership with DonorsChoose.org is creating throughout the area," said Randy Jackson, KMMG's senior vice president of human resources and administration.

The Kia auto assembly plant is the first manufacturing site in North America for the Seoul, Korea-based company. With an annual capacity of 360,000 units, KMMG is located on 2,200 acres. It began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009, and now makes the Sorento CUV and the Optima mid-size sedan.

Wells Fargo staffers volunteer in the community on 'Super Saturday'

Rather than taking it easy on this first day of summer, dozens of Columbus-area volunteers didn't let the heat stop them from serving their communities.

It was all part of "Community Service Super Saturday," with hundreds of red-shirted Wells Fargo employees and friends welcoming summer in 23 cities across Georgia.

In Columbus, volunteers were painting and making repairs to the home of Mary Toney, the widow of Army veteran, Staff Sgt. Sylvester Toney, who served in the Korean War conflict and the Vietnam War. He passed away in 2012.

Wells Fargo also presented House of Heroes with $15,000 toward the project.

Volunteers also visited Big Brother Big Sister, playing with the kids and teaching them financial education at a field day event. Other volunteers were helping out at Feeding the Valley Food Bank and the Russell County Child Advocacy Center.

In all, 29 volunteer activities were scheduled Saturday. That included helping everyone from seniors to dogs and cats, serving at senior care centers, children's organizations, food pantries and animal shelters and so much more.

Statewide, Wells Fargo said it was spending $120,000 to upgrade the housing of 12 families.

"We are determined to make our summer count -- the heat can't keep us away," Robert Horn, area president for Wells Fargo said in a statement. "I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday than serving our communities alongside our co-workers and friends."

Other Georgia cities that were part of the "Super Saturday" included Americus, Athens, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Rome and Savannah.

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