Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is purchasing $10,000 worth of new computers and sending training staff for the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Port-au Prince, Haiti.

Employees from Bendix facilities in Elyria and Acuna, Mexico will travel to Haiti on Sept. 21-25 to deliver 12 computers and assist in other duties at the nonprofit hospital. The St. Damien Pediatric Hospital provides medical treatment for disadvantaged and sick children. It was started by the nonprofit organization, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos.

“Whenever possible, we encourage Bendix employees to be engaged in a hands-on manner, so we try to find projects that put their skills to work while meeting the needs of the organizations we’re helping,” said Maria Gutierrez, director of corporate responsibility and sustainability at Bendix. “Direct involvement and participation in a project like this can be challenging, but it is often a life-changing experience.

The project is also a pilot program to incorporate skills-based volunteering into Bendix’s leadership development programs, using the experience, skills and education of volunteers to help nonprofit organizations.

“Skills-based volunteering strengthens relationships, teamwork, and communication, while making the most of everyone’s unique talents,” said Gutierrez. “And the results of efforts like the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital project are a powerful reminder of the tremendous difference each person can make.”