The LEAP program supports local school districts in providing applied learning and real-world experience for their students. The three curriculum levels, fifth grade, eighth grade and high school, provide students with a differentiated educational experience to meet their varying needs.
We have a role to play in supporting the communities that build and use THOR Industries products. We've focused on three areas where we can have the greatest impact. For young people in our hometown, we've developed an innovative and hands-on education program to introduce them to career opportunities in their own backyard in the recreational vehicle industry. For our associates, we've implemented professional development programs to help them advance their careers. Finally, we've taken a strategic approach to our philanthropic efforts and created new partnerships that will have lasting benefits for all who enjoy the outdoors.
Certifications and Training
We’re providing professional development opportunities for our associates to increase their earning potential and, ultimately, build stronger communities.
Select THOR subsidiaries launched online learning and certification programs as well as a technical training academy. Combined, these programs represent an investment in our workforce, which has helped make THOR the largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles in North America.
THOR continued coordinating with Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business to offer leadership development opportunities to our team members. Our goal is to position our leaders to positively influence and change our company, our industry and our communities. This year, THOR purchased an additional bank of coaching hours from Notre Dame to offer extensive development opportunities to all past participants of the Notre Dame program. We are excited to continue offering opportunities to our future leaders.
The THOR/Forest River Community Fund
The Forest River/THOR Industries Community Fund is designed to assist our employees in emergency situations and identify opportunities to offer financial grants of up to $20,000. This gives us an opportunity to give back to our employees and to help relieve some of the financial burdens they may be experiencing. In FY 2020 the Forest River/THOR Industries Community Fund gave over $160,000 to 30 hard-working team members and these numbers will continue to grow. We understand that this will not take away any pain that our team members are experiencing, however, we strive to help them any way we can.
Each year, we identify non-profit partners to support through direct giving. Many of the organizations we give to are doing good work in our hometowns, and we’re proud to partner with the local affiliates of national charities.
In the last six years, we’ve donated millions to more than forty organizations and participated in numerous associate volunteer days. As we grow our business, we continually explore ways to give back to communities.