GEORGETOWN, Ky. (November 10, 2016) – Three Georgetown non-profits thought they were meeting with Toyota team members today to tell them more about their programs and make their pitch for a grant request. What they didn’t know is a group from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) had something different in mind, surprising each of the three non-profits with a $10,000 check.
The following organizations received $10,000 grants from TMMK today:
- The Gathering Place Mission – Georgetown non-profit which serves the community by helping people get back on their feet, providing daily meals, emergency shelter, personal needs and a recovery program.
- Georgetown- Scott County Immigrant Initiative – The immigrant community is supported by this program through educational, health, economic and cultural initiatives.
- Scott County Habitat for Humanity – Local organization which strives to alleviate substandard housing in Scott County by building partnerships among volunteers, families, and the community. The main goal is to transform lives, revitalize neighborhoods, and enable families in need to earn and own adequate and affordable housing.
“This year marks Toyota’s thirtieth anniversary in Georgetown and we wanted to say thank you to our community for being a great partner and a great neighbor,” said Dan Antis, TMMK vice president of manufacturing. “These three organizations are doing important work in the community and we want to support them.”
During the past three decades, TMMK has donated more than $123 million to communities and organizations across the state of Kentucky. That includes $85,000 in grants announced in June at the plant’s 30th anniversary celebration to benefit a local VEX robotics program, Quest Farm, Lex-Pro and Honor Flight Kentucky.
Toyota broke ground in Georgetown in 1986 on what would be the largest Toyota plant in the world. What started with 300 employees is now 8,000 team members strong with buildings spanning 169 football fields and a $6 billion (and growing) investment represented.
Annual production at TMMK can top 550,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines. In 2016, the Toyota Camry once again topped the Cars.com American Made Index with 75 percent of content sourced from U.S. suppliers. The plant also produces the prestigious Lexus ES 350 after opening an all-new line in 2015.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.5 million in the U.S.) in 2015 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.
Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
Rick Hesterberg (859) 351-4780
Ashley Brauer (502) 649-3205