Hamilton Herald Masthead


Front Page - Friday, June 25, 2021

VW employees volunteer during shutdown

April Ziegler, an assembly shop production team member at Volkswagen, helps to clear trail corridors and remove invasive plants, which will allow native plants to grow in the grasslands. - Photograph provided

More than 500 Volkswagen Chattanooga production employees volunteered with local nonprofits during the plant’s temporary production suspension.

Due to the ongoing global semiconductor shortage, Volkswagen Chattanooga suspended production during the weeks of June 7 and 14. Regular production resumed June 21.

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga worked with area nonprofits to identify meaningful community opportunities for Volkswagen’s employees.

Activities included:

• Litter removal, clearing debris, trimming branches and beautification at local parks

• Painting, maintenance and moving furniture at Hamilton County schools

• Sorting food, packing boxes and preparing snack packs for local children

• Helping groom and care for equine therapy horses

• Assisting with projects and activities alongside educators in nonprofit summer programs.

“This has been a wonderful, positive experience and meant so much to us,” says Darlene Carlson, executive director of the Chattanooga Audubon Society. “We’re a very small nonprofit, so having this much help allowed us to tackle a major debris removal project.”

Blood Assurance’s bloodmobile was on the factory campus for two days during the production suspension. During this time, 37 employees registered as donors and collectively donated 47 units of blood.

In addition to community volunteer activities during the temporary production suspension, manufacturing departments have implemented planned line and quality improvements, ID.4 production readiness activities and on-the-job training.

Source: Volkswagen Chattanooga