IMRA actively promotes our corporate goals through generous donations to the community, in addition to encouraging our employees’ participation in a number of initiatives. A few of these activities are listed below:
University of Michigan College of Engineering Donations
In support of the amazing work being done in research and promotion of alternative energy technology in Southeast Michigan, we have given the University of Michigan Solar Car Team donations in excess of $250,000 in the past to assist in their preparations for national and international competitions.
In the 2013/2014 fiscal year, IMRA donated over $250,000 to support the University of Michigan College of Engineering. In all, IMRA has contributed nearly $2 million to the University of Michigan.
Ann Arbor Public Schools Education Foundation
Because of the high value that we place upon the education of our future employees as well as of the children of our local workforce, IMRA has been a strong supporter of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation. Over the past four years, IMRA has donated $300,000 to directly fund projects in need of outside support. Among the most notable projects was rescuing the Pioneer High School Planetarium from pending closure. In recognition of this support, the facility was renamed the Argus IMRA Planetarium. IMRA has more recently committed to fund the development of a computer lab at Skyline High School.
IMRA continues its practice of regularly supporting natural disaster relief efforts by matching employee donations. During the past few years, IMRA and its employees have contributed nearly $13,000 to disaster relief in the United States, Philippines, and Japan.
IMRA takes an active role in supporting the International Charity Festival Annual Walkathon in Nagoya, Japan. In the prior two years, IMRA held Walkathons at their Ann Arbor headquarters to raise money which was then presented to the organizers of the Nagoya Walkathon in support of the ongoing earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in the Tohoku region of Japan. In 2014, IMRA donated significant prizes to the Nagoya event to encourage the purchase of raffle tickets to raise funds for local children’s charities and education.
Japan Business Society of Detroit
JBSD (webpage in Japanese only) is a non-profit organization with the goal of promoting the exchange of human culture and business in order to deepen mutual understanding between Japan and the United States. IMRA has played a major role in helping the Japanese community fit into the local community of the greater Detroit area through its participation in this and other Japan/America organizations. IMRA’s president, Takashi Omitsu, is an executive advisor to JBSD’s board of directors and a past president. In 2014, IMRA worked closely with the JBSD and the City of Detroit to arrange financial and community support for the “Sister City Program” between Detroit and Toyota City, Japan. This program brings high school students from Toyota City to Detroit and from Detroit to Toyota City in alternating years. Local families host the visitors and provide great opportunities to experience life in each other’s culture.