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Mazda is Giving Big to One Chicago Organization

Posted by: Hayley Feichter

Mazda, and its partner NBCUniversal, recently awarded the local Chicago organization - My Block, My Hood, My City - $30,000 in goods and services as part of its "Mazda Drive for Good" contest.

My Block, My Hood, My City is a non-profit organization on a mission to empower youth to reach their greatest potential by expanding their worldview through explorations in their own backyard here in Chicago. The program takes teenagers from schools in low social economic status neighborhoods on educational explorations where they receive a firsthand glimpse into different cultures and careers, people, and businesses.

"In the third year of the contest, we received so many great submissions. Jahmal and his team at My Block, My Hood, My City stood out because of their dedication to helping youth experience and explore new adventures in their city," said Masahiro Moro, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations. "We felt My Block, My Hood, My City, as well as the other wonderful organizations, established a clear goal for how their organization would continue to improve the lives of others-something important to continuing their support of their local community, and something that closely identifies with the mission of the Mazda Drive for Good program."

How you can participate

The Mazda Drive for Good winter event is in its fourth year of fundraising and, for 2016, Mazda will continue its donation of $150 per new Mazda sold or leased between November 21, 2016 and January 3, 2017, and donate one hour of charitable service for every test drive taken during that time.

Since its launch in 2013, Mazda has donated more than $13 million to charity and has pledged more than 195,000 charitable service hours. Mazda is committed to helping communities through monetary donations and volunteer service, and will continue its work with four national charities and more than 40 local charities. Follow the conversation at #MazdaDrive4Good or

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