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Bridgestone Continues to Positively Impact Nashville Through Its Annual United Way Campaign

Employee, company and vendor donations lead to more than $2 million raised for local United Way

Submitted by: Bridgestone Americas

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions, Community Development

Posted: Nov 07, 2019 – 04:40 PM EST


NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 07 /CSRwire/ - Bridgestone Americas, Inc. today announced the results of its annual charitable and volunteer campaign in support of the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. Now in its 27th partnership year, Bridgestone, its employees, and its vendors generated donations of more than $2 million that will be used to make a positive impact on thousands of lives in the Nashville community. The record-breaking support is attributed to employees’ significant efforts and the success of the company’s 3rd annual Bridgestone Charitable Golf Tournament.

“We are honored to continue our longstanding partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. These incredible efforts will help to strengthen the financial stability, personal health, and education of thousands of families in need throughout our hometown of Nashville,” said Gordon Knapp, Bridgestone Americas CEO and President. “The results of our 2019 United Way Campaign demonstrate the impact we can make when we work together to serve the communities in which we live, work and play, and are a testament to our global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve.”

The 2019 campaign was driven by employee participation with teammates not only pledging financial support, but donating their time to bring the campaign to life and make it a success. Bridgestone employees also took part in numerous volunteer activities through United Way with more than 200 Bridgestone employees attending the organization’s Stuff the Bus event that filled backpacks with donated school supplies for local elementary school children. Additionally, employees participated in United Way’s First Day of School, Second Harvest and YMCA Day events.

Approximately half of the funds raised were a direct result of pledges from more than 1,600 employees. The Bridgestone Charitable Golf Tournament and Bridgestone company match program contributed the remainder of the total. This year’s golf tournament was the largest to date, with donations up 36 percent and totaling more than $947,000. The tournament was supported by more than 140 vendor sponsorships and hosted 336 golfers during the two-day event.

“Our partnership with Bridgestone is a strong example of how organizations can collaborate to truly make a difference in the Nashville community,” said Brian Hassett, President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. “We’re grateful for Bridgestone’s leadership, its employees and their continued support over the years.”

To learn more about Bridgestone and its global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve, visit the website here.

About Bridgestone Americas, Inc.:

Nashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (BSAM) is the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company. BSAM and its subsidiaries develop, manufacture and market a wide range of Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires to address the needs of a broad range of customers, including consumers, automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment manufacturers, and those in the agricultural, forestry and mining industries. The companies are engaged in retreading operations throughout the Western Hemisphere and produce air springs, roofing materials, and industrial fibers and textiles. The BSAM family of companies also operates the world’s largest chain of automotive tire and service centers. Guided by its global corporate social responsibility commitment, Our Way to Serve, the company is dedicated to improving the way people live, work, move and play in all of the communities it calls home.

About United Way of Metropolitan Nashville

At United Way, we unite the community and mobilize resources so that every child, individual and family thrives. Together, we are fighting for a community where every child receives a quality education, no one lives in poverty or poor health, and the most basic needs of our families are met. We are uniquely positioned to the lead this fight by bringing individuals, businesses, nonprofits and government to the table to have the tough conversations, mobilize the resources and make the smart investments that will create lasting solutions for our region’s most pressing issues. LIVE UNITED. For more information, visit unitedwaynashville.org and follow us on social media @UWNashville.


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