AVON, Ohio – They are projects, numbering seven in all, that cover a wide range of activity, from STEM internships and CDL training to programs in nursing, robotics, and career-success supporting services. They take place in locations throughout North America (N.A.). And they all have something in common: They earned the support of Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America Inc. (KBGCNA) funding in 2022.
In 2022, KBGCNA disbursed $616,060 of a total $855,000 in grant funding committed to the approved projects, which provide educational opportunities to young men and women in underserved groups. Each grant advances the corporate foundation’s strategic mission to promote postsecondary education – through support of charitable organizations focusing on it – in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Founded in 2018, KBGCNA celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. The philanthropic organization is the North American arm of Knorr-Bremse Global Care, a global nonprofit entity founded in 2005 and operated by Knorr-Bremse, the global market leader in braking systems and leading provider of other systems for rail and commercial vehicles.
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KBGCNA centers its investments in the surrounding communities of Knorr-Bremse’s three largest North American companies: Avon, Ohio-based Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC (Bendix); Westminster, Maryland-based Knorr Brake Company (KBC); and Watertown, New York-based New York Air Brake LLC (NYAB). Each grant is overseen by a project champion, an employee of Bendix, KBC, or NYAB responsible for engaging with the grantee to ensure the project remains on point from start to finish and seeking ways for local team member engagement, where possible.
“KBGCNA focuses its funding on longer-term projects aimed at helping young people at risk between the ages of 15 and 25 gain access to education – toward the goal of employment or entrepreneurship – and the opportunity to lead more independent lives,” said Maria Gutierrez, president of KBGCNA and Bendix senior director, environmental, social, and governance (ESG). “The 2022 funded projects cover many different kinds of endeavors, which has defined KBGCNA’s approach from the start. But they all come back to the foundation’s core mission. We are pleased to support these worthy initiatives and are excited about the promise they hold for their participants.”
Near the close of 2022, KBGCNA hosted its annual meeting and dinner, celebrating nonprofit partners who recently completed their funded projects. Employee project champions joined in as the foundation recognized efforts and shared project highlights.
The entire announcement, including the list of the seven programs funded, can be viewed by clicking HERE.