PACCAR's proud tradition of giving back to the community began 109 years ago with the founding of the company and continues today through PACCAR and the PACCAR Foundation. PACCAR has made $160 million in grants around the world for education, social services, and the arts to enrich the communities in which its employees live and work.
A foundational belief guiding PACCAR's philanthropy is that with a strong education, people have a life full of opportunities. PACCAR is proud of its generous grants to universities, which use the funding to provide scholarships, fund research in science and business disciplines, and build world class facilities for students and faculty.
PACCAR Hall, home of the University of Washington Foster School of Business, supports the Schools's emphasis on leadership, strategic thinking and teamwork and earned a Silver LEED Certification for its design.
To prepare school-age children for the skills to succeed in the 21st century workforce, PACCAR and its many committed employee volunteers support literacy programs to purchase books for children in need and contribute funds and time to education programs in economics, science and business through Junior Achievement and similar programs that supplement school curricula.
PACCAR Mexico employees participated in the Environmental Fair sponsored by the Baja California State Government to promote environmental awareness in elementary school students.
Ensuring that communities have quality health care technology and services is a major priority for PACCAR philanthropy. PACCAR funds community hospitals and provides dental services for those in need. PACCAR made a significant donation to Cancer Research U.K. to build a world class cancer research facility that will support the communities near PACCAR's Leyland factory in Lancashire, U.K.
PACCAR donated Kenworth trucks to support the Swedish Hospital Mobile Mammography Clinic that provides care to Washington State's underserved areas.
Strong communities assist those less fortunate with a range of social services. PACCAR and its employees are proud to be long-standing supporters of United Way organizations across the United States. Over the past five years, PACCAR has donated $2.7 million and PACCAR employees and retirees have donated more than $3.4 million and contributed countless volunteer hours to social service organizations.
PACCAR employees are honored with the United Way of King County (WA) Spirit of Giving award.
As PACCAR extends its global reach, it has expanded its philanthropic leadership to support emerging economies. PACCAR's donation to Sightlife, an eye bank, brought the latest surgical equipment to India to improve the success rate of corneal transplants for blind people across India, and to provide funding for hundreds of eye surgeries in Pune, India.
PACCAR supports Landesa, an organization that works with governments in emerging markets such as India and China to improve the property rights of poor farmers. When farmers own the land they work, productivity increases, reducing hunger and poverty.
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