Honda Volunteers Provide Hope in Latest "Who Makes a Honda" Video

5/1/2017 1:21:00 PM

John Duffy and James Dillard, who provide hope and inspiration through a prison fellowship program, are the latest Honda associates featured in the What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series.

The Honda of America Mfg. associates have been volunteering together in a prison ministry for the past year and have developed a special bond that comes from helping others. On a consistent basis, the two men visit with men incarcerated at the North Central Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio, to share a meal, but mostly just to listen and show inmates that they care about them as people.

"When we treat them as human beings it gives them hope," Duffy said.

The pair knows that what they are doing is having a positive impact on the inmates now and will have a lasting impact on them once the inmates are released.

"If I can do anything to help just one person not come back to prison, I think there is nothing better," said Dillard, a Marysville Auto Plant process engineer.

Duffy, a 26-year veteran of Honda, met Dillard a few years ago when he joined Honda and he began informally mentoring his colleague. What started as a work relationship evolved into an extended family for both of them, especially after Dillard supported Duffy following the murder of his nephew.

"James was there every step of the way," said Duffy. "James really helped our family." The prison ministry also played an important role in the grieving process, Duffy said.

"Through hearing their stories, I was able to forgive the gentleman that took my nephew's life," he said.

The What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video series focuses on Honda associates who live out Honda's commitment to The Power of Dreams, a global theme that encourages Honda associates to conceive ideas that will create new value for customers and society and then show the determination required to bring those dreams to life. In addition, the video series spotlights the inspiring efforts of Honda associates in their work and in the community.

Duffy and Dillard's What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda video is accessible at Honda's YouTube channel at

About Honda in North America
Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 40,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion.

Based on its longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles and side-by-side vehicles, power equipment products, such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, and the HondaJet advanced light jet.

Nine Honda auto plants in the region, including five in the U.S., have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year. In 2016, more than 68 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the

U.S. were produced in the U.S. Those plants today manufacture 17 different models, including nine passenger cars and eight light trucks using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda also operates 16 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in Nor


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