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GM Foundation Donates $35,000 To Area Organizations
Updated August 7, 2015 7:06 AM | Filed under: Business
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John Blanchard, Director, Local Government Relations and GM Foundation Board Member, presents a GM Foundation grant to Kay Reiner (left) and Lori Hammer from the United Way of South Central Indiana.
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Bedford Casting Operations team members Tim Meyer (far right) and Victor Miranda review plant environmental initiatives with visitors.

(BEDFORD) - The General Motors Foundation Thursday donated $35,000 to three nonprofit organizations in the Bedford community through the Plant City Grants program.

The grant presentation took place at General Motors Bedford Casting Operations, where grants were presented to Hoosier Uplands, United Way of South Central Indiana, and Community Foundation Partnership, Inc.

"This year, the GM Foundation will provide more than $2 million in funding in 45 plant cities where GM employees live and work," said GM Foundation Vice President Lori Wingerter. "Through these grants, we continue our mission to give back and build stronger communities where GM does business."

The Plant City Grants were presented during Bedford Casting Operations' plant community open house event, which featured plant tours, a car show, concessions and multiple vendor displays.

The plant also celebrated a significant accomplishment in General Motors' history - 500 Million vehicles. Throughout 2015, GM facilities around the world are celebrating GM customers for helping the automaker surpass 500 million vehicles produced.

"The organizations that we support are vital in the continued development of the local community, and through the ongoing efforts of the GM Foundation, we are proud to play a part in giving back," said Bedford Casting Operations Plant Manager Lamar Rucker.

The GM Foundation grants are given to a wide variety of organizations across the country that families rely on to provide much needed services, improve education and impact the quality of life within their respective communities. The grants to these organizations and institutions will make these communities even greater places to work, live and grow.

About the GM Foundation

Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit

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