Philanthropy at MBUSI
MBUSI Gives back to the Alabama Community
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International is proud of our 26-year production history in Alabama. Proud of our growing family of Team Members. Proud of our community involvement. And proud of our world-class vehicles. Two decades ago, we pioneered modern automotive plant in the South. Today we celebrate our continued growth with new Team Members, new models, and new expansions to our plant.
In 1993 we put our roots down in Alabama and dreamed big. Since then, with the support of Mercedes-Benz Cars, we have donated more than $12 million to our local community, with a specific focus on families and the betterment of this region. We’ll never forget the warm welcome Alabama showed us when MBUSI was searching for a home more than 25 years ago. It’s been a great ride, and we’re ready to turn the key to start the next chapter.
American Cancer Society
MBUSI Helps To Improve The Lives Of Cancer Patients Through Annual Donations
Today it seems that just about everyone knows someone who’s been affected by cancer. At MBUSI, it’s a cause that’s close to our heart, and we’ve made significant donations to support those affected by a disease that impacts so many individuals, not only in Alabama, but across the country and the globe.
Since our early days, MBUSI has supported the American Cancer Society through our Team Member-driven efforts with the Making Strides for Breast Cancer and Relay for Life walk fundraisers and the Hope Gala. In addition, MBUSI continues to donate two vehicles to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Birmingham to make sure residents have a means of transportation when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. The Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay so they can focus on getting better. We realize that providing patients with these resources gives them one less thing to worry about as they move forward on the road to recovery.
Ronald Mcdonald House Charities of Alabama
MBUSI IMPROVES RECOVERY FOR SICK CHILDREN WITH DONTATION TO RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
MBUSI puts a strong emphasis on helping children who are sick or injured. In effort to approve quality of life for sick children and their families, MBUSI sponsors rooms at the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham and at the Ronald McDonald House Room at DCH Regional Medical Center.
The Ronald McDonald House (RMH) is “a home away from home” for sick and injured children. It provides a support network to those who are moving through difficult times. Through MBUSI’s partnership with RMH, we work together towards our shared mission of helping injured or ill children and their families move forward on the path to success.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
MBUSI HELPS BUILD HOME WITH TUSCALOOSA AND BIRMINGHAM HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Over the last 6 years, Mercedes Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) has partnered with Tuscaloosa Habitat for Humanity and Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity to build houses for those who have been effected by severe tragedy, whether a car wreck or a tornado. For 6 weeks every year, our team members take time out of their schedule to build a house with the same attention to quality and efficiency we put into our cars.
JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION (JDRF)
SUPPORTING THE CAUSES CLOSEST TO OUR TEAM MEMBERS
At MBUSI, our Team Members are like family, which is why we like to support the causes that mean so much to them. One of our very own Team Members, Hans Crouse, has a strong connection to diabetes. Hans’ son, Cameron, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at a very early age. Ever since, Hans and his family have been focused on helping the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) find a cure for the disease.
It’s causes like this that are so close to MBUSI and our growing family of Team Members. Which is why for years, MBUSI has sponsored Hans and the JDRF through donations to the JDRF Wine for the Walk and the organization’s annual gala. We are proud to support the charities that mean the most to our own Team Members and strive to continue to focus on the issues that hit home.
MBUSI ENSURE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) puts significant focus on ensuring that our plant operations protect the environment that surrounds us, including our rivers and wildlife. We consider ourselves environmental stewards of Tuscaloosa County and were honored to support Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization, through our lead sponsorship of Earthbound’s Earthfest on April 18, 2015.
As explained by MBUSI Community Relations Specialist, Subrina Champion, “Our plant sits on 1,000 acres of land which we share with beavers, geese, and a wide array of wildlife. Our high-quality rainwater ponds and spill control systems allow these creatures to co-exist with us, and serve as a testament to their effectiveness. Respecting nature and ensuring we are doing our part to maintain wildlife habitats is an important part of the MBUSI culture.”
The Black Warrior River basin includes parts of 17 Alabama counties and provides approximately half of &Birmingham’s drinking water and all of the water for Tuscaloosa and many other cities in Tuscaloosa County.