Hitachi Community Action Committees conduct an annual food drive each year. The first Hitachi North America Food Drive was held in 2000 and has been a staple of Hitachi's community partnership ever since. Each participating company or facility joins with a local nonprofit organization, ensuring that all the food, books, and other items collected during the drives stay in the local community to assist families and children. Hitachi companies not have formal CACs also participate.
The 2010 Hitachi North America Food Drive collected a total of 45,810 pounds of food and $80,231.18. This year, 55 Hitachi teams in 62 locations recruited employees and their families to join forces in the fight against hunger. Since its inception, Hitachi Group employees have collected more than 397,000 pounds of food and raised in excess of $298,000. Click here for Hitachi's news release on the 11th annual summer food drive.
This tradition of collaboration and community spirit throughout Hitachi continues to serve our communities well and, when needed, our nation. After September 11, 2001, for example, Hitachi employees personally donated more than $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, in addition to the $1 million donated by the Hitachi Group Companies of North America and the $50,000 by The Hitachi Foundation. And when wildfires decimated thousands of acres in California in 2003, destroying homes along the way, Hitachi companies and employees donated nearly $100,000 to assist individuals and families displaced by the tragedy.
In January 2010, Hitachi companies and their employees donated over $393,000 in donations and products for the Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund and to CHF International in support of Haiti relief efforts.
In March 2011, the Hitachi Foundation and Hitachi America Ltd. jointly sponsored a tribute hosted by the Points of Light Institute, which honored President George H.W. Bush for his leadership in the U.S. service movement. Founded in 1990, the Points of Light Institute is the largest volunteer network in the country. A letter from President Bush can be found here (pdf) .