“The world can be a pretty hard place. If you can help make it a little better, do it.”
Randy Skiles does that every day at Honda R&D Americas (HRA), validating products that improve people’s lives. For him, however, that’s not enough, which is why he has dedicated years to volunteering outside of HRA for students, people with special needs, and families hoping for holiday cheer.
And since he does so much for others, his peers at HRA took notice—and now he is being honored with the 2018 Citizenship Award: Lifetime of Service.
For more than 10 years, Skiles has been an active volunteer around Columbus, Ohio. He has helped set up kayaks, offer moral support, and contribute to driver ski events at the Adaptive Sports Connection nonprofit, which “help[s] people with challenges stay healthy and happy by focusing on their abilities.”
He also has been a mentor and major contributor for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) activities at the Marysville Early College High School. For other organizations, he has provided homework help, mentored future engineers, and assisted in constructing gravity-racing soapbox cars.
And if that weren’t enough, he has raised more than $6,000 for the Care Train of Union County, which “ensures every child, family, disabled adult and senior citizen living in Union County receives Christmas joy regardless of income challenges.” That included the year he glittered his beard for the holidays (as pictured above) for a fundraising contest. Skiles is also an avid volunteer for The H.U.B. (Heart of Unlimited Boundaries), the organization he has selected to receive a financial donation as part of his Citizenship Award.
“I am all about the individuals,” Skiles said. “I work with organizations and help where I can, but I really focus on helping the individuals I meet through these organizations.”
It’s an approach he learned at a young age.
“I was taught that if you can help, do help.”
And he, no doubt, does—not only on a personal level, but through his professional one as well.
“I think Honda is a company society wants to exist because it goes the extra mile to make the world a better place,” Skiles said. “We are not a company that is all about the dollars and cents. Honda tries to make an impact around the globe through mobility, safety, and environmentally friendly products.”
“Volunteering is the same thing,” he said. “When you volunteer you are making the world a better place. And one day, that world you are bettering might be part of a child’s life where they don’t feel sick or are disabled. Volunteering empowers individuals to make a difference in the world.”
Skiles should know, since he’s done it for a lifetime.