Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, based in Farmington Hills, Mich., recently awarded a $15,000 grant to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. The grant is for general operations support.
“General operations grants provide the flexibility that non-profits like the Museum need to maintain programming and exhibits,” said Mel Drumm, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum executive director. “We are grateful to Panasonic for recognizing the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s value to the community and its generous support of our mission.”
In addition to grant support, Panasonic employees will be volunteering at the Museum. The employees will participate in the Museum’s public programming, helping with the special, free hands-on activities that are offered most weekends.
In explaining why Panasonic chose to support the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Tom Gebhardt, president, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, explained, “There was direct alignment between the Museum’s mission and what Panasonic believes to be a major area of focus for our donation efforts – programs that provide hands-on educational and enrichment opportunities for youth.”
Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America is an integrated supplier to the automotive industry in North America. It is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. The Panasonic group of companies is the most comprehensive worldwide electric and electronic product manufacturer with products ranging from electronic components to consumer electronic products, home appliances, factory automation equipment, information and communications equipment, and housing-related products.