Updated: Jun 23
Hyundai Motor America announced a new partnership with Savannah State University, and the continuation of its partnership with Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah and Safe Kids Savannah. As Hyundai expands its presence in Georgia, the company seeks to invest back into the community by supporting organizations doing important work in the fields of education and safety. Ceremonial checks were presented to the two organizations in Georgia.
(left to right, front row) Andrew Young, office of Senator Warnock, Tanya Milton, county commissioner, Ciara Calub, corporate social responsibility, Hyundai Motor America, Edna Jackson, state representative, Billy Hickman, senator, Brandon Ramirez, director, corporate social responsibility, Hyundai Motor America, Kimberly Ballard Washington, president (current), Savannah State University, Cynthia Alexander, president (incoming), Savannah State University, Chester Ellis, county commission chairman, Jeremy Ha, senior manager, general affairs, Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America; (left to right, back row) Bert Brantley, president and CEO, Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, Anne Allen Westbrook, state representative, Bobby Lockett, county commissioner, Michael Kaigler, Chatham County manager, Aaron Whitely, county commissioner, Trip Tollison, president and CEO, Savannah Economic Development Authority in Savannah, Ga. on May 31, 2023. (Photo/Hyundai)
(left to right) Vanessa Perez, Hyundai Motor America, Brad Talbert, chief executive officer, Memorial Health, Heather Newsome, assistant chief nursing officer, Children’s Hospital of Savannah, Brandon Ramirez, director, corporate social responsibility, Hyundai Motor America, Jenna Morris, SafeKids coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Savannah, Kristen King MS, CCLS manager of child life, Children’s Hospital of Savannah, Bryant Hu, Hyundai North American Safety Office in Savannah, Ga. on June 1, 2023. (Photo/Hyundai)
“Hyundai is committed to progress for humanity and improving the wellbeing of society, which includes supporting today’s youth to prepare for a better tomorrow,” said Brandon Ramirez, director, corporate social responsibility and external relations, Hyundai Motor America. “We are proud to partner with Savannah State University to provide STEM scholarships and to expand our partnership with Children’s Hospital of Savannah and Safe Kids Savannah in the areas of child passenger safety and driver education – two respected institutions that are also dedicated to children and young people in our community.”
The donation to Savannah State University will help provide scholarships to undergraduate students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Additionally, the funds will be used to provide STEM camps to children to help expose more young minds to these areas of study and promote more diversity in these careers.
“Savannah State University is excited about our partnership with Hyundai,” said Cynthia Robinson Alexander, president, Savannah State University. “This ongoing collaboration will allow us to better serve our students and our community. We know this is the first of many great initiatives and look forward to working together to have a lasting impact on our region.”
The continued partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Savannah and is part of Hyundai’s corporate social responsibility initiative, Hyundai Hope. The donation will help provide for additional consumer educational events, including child passenger safety and driver education programs. Safe Kids Savannah is a local coalition of organizations and concerned individuals with the common goal of preventing accidental childhood injuries and deaths. Children’s Hospital of Savannah and Safe Kids Savannah will host car seat safety check events, where certified technicians will inspect car seats for proper fit, installation, and check for any expiration or manufacturer recalls.
Families will also receive free replacement car seats if needed. "As the sponsoring agency for Safe Kids Savannah, we are thrilled to partner with Hyundai Hope to help advance our car seat safety program," said Heather Newsome, assistant chief nursing officer, of Savannah. "This donation allows us to help parents who otherwise would not have access to an appropriate car seat for their children. Our goal at the Children's Hospital of Savannah is to help improve safety for all children."