Enterprise Holdings Inc., which owns and operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, has awarded $33,000 to 13 nonprofits in Hawai’i, including two Big Island organizations .
“These organizations embody the spirit of Enterprise Holdings’ ROAD Forward initiative by working to drive change in three key areas: early childhood development, youth health and wellbeing, and career readiness. and college,” said an email from Enterprise Holdings announcing the awards. “This is the second year the company has awarded grants to multiple nonprofits in the region as part of its five-year, $55 million commitment, announced last year, to drive change in the communities.”
The grant recipients were selected from hundreds of applications by Enterprise employees on behalf of nonprofit organizations across the state.
The grants were awarded through the Enterprise Holdings Foundation and were among nearly 700 nonprofits to be recognized this year. Totaling more than $7 million, the grants will be distributed among the organization’s operating groups in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Launched in 2020, Enterprise’s ROAD Forward program enables Enterprise’s more than 75,000 employees to work to identify social and racial equity issues in their communities and which local organizations are best equipped to address them. The initiative emphasizes respect, opportunity, success and diversity for youth and families.
“At Enterprise, we feel an immense responsibility to contribute to the health of the communities in which we live and work…” Enterprise Holdings Foundation President Carolyn Kindle Betz said in a press release.
This year’s grants bring Enterprise’s total allocation in 2021 and 2022 to approximately $34 million.
“At Enterprise, the cornerstone of our work is people – the people who serve our customers, the people who do business with us and the people who make up our communities,” said Errin Braddock, Chief Diversity Officer of Enterprise Holdings, in the press release. “And we have a role to play in helping break down barriers to opportunity in neighborhoods around the world. ROAD Forward demonstrates a step we are taking to drive continued progress in this area by empowering our employees to strengthen their own communities and support organizations that are making a real difference.
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