Toyota’s commitment to the communities in which it operates in has been ingrained in the company for many years. Volunteering, donating and sharing knowledge are just a few of the ways Toyota and its employees give back to the communities in which they work and live.
From local park restoration to building ramps for the physically- and visually-impaired, team members at Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing plants have been busy this year giving back and serving their communities. Let’s take a look at the impact they’ve made in 2022.
In celebration of National Public Lands Day, over 50 Toyota Alabama volunteers joined together with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and the Land Trust of Northern Alabama to transform the Harvest Square Nature Preserve into a fully accessible nature preserve by helping construct a boardwalk, widen existing trails, and install an accessible lunch table.
Toyota West Virginia
In July, Toyota Toyota West Virginia worked with Mission West Virginia and The Education Alliance to build bikes for underserved children in the community. Working with The Education Alliance, four local high school students joined Toyota’s manufacturing plant for a multi-week summer internship. Part of their course work included assembling the bikes without reading the instruction manual. Through teamwork, innovation and kaizen (the philosophy of continuous improvement and one of Toyota’s core principles), they were able to build the bikes successfully. The team then worked with Mission West Virginia, a local nonprofit agency, to get the bikes in the hands of the deserving children.
In June, Toyota Mississippi announced a $75,000 donation to Girl Scouts Heart of the South supporting a Mobile STEAM Lab capable of reaching 2,000 students annually, further demonstrating Toyota’s commitment to increasing access to education and workforce development programs in north Mississippi.
In October, Toyota Mississippi donated 12 trial vehicles (Toyota Corollas) to multiple educational institutes and local fire departments for hands-on training initiatives, as the company continues to play a key role in the development of workforce readiness and talent pipelines.
Ending the year on a high note, Toyota Mississippi announced a $40,000 donation to Meals on Wheels of Lee County supporting a year of nutritious meals to help the elderly in the community maintain independence in their own homes. Additionally, TMMMS employees volunteered to deliver the meals during the holiday season.
This year, the Toyota Texas Maintenance Training Team applied their commitment to mobility by working on the design of Morgan’s Wonderland ‘Underwater Wheelchair.” The sophisticated pneumatic chair supports the ultra-accessible and totally inclusive water park where families come from all over the country to experience the thrill of water recreation together.
Toyota Indiana employees help get the YMCA Camp Carson ready for the busy summer camp season.
From prepping the future site of a kid-led community garden to assembling hygiene kits, it is all in a day’s work for Toyota Indiana employees who volunteered for Young & Established this past April helping to further the organization’s mission to inspire and motivate today’s youth.
Toyota Indiana employees utilized the Toyota Production System to assemble over 100 bikes for the Isaiah 1:17 Project helping children in foster care.
Toyota Tennessee's Production Senior Manager Scott Hastings coordinates employee volunteer opportunities at the Boys and Girls Club of Madison County. Activities have included upgrades and repairs to Boys and Girls of Madison County facility, taking the children to the symphony, coordinating toy drives and donating COVID-19 masks, and refurbishing company computers and headphones. Toyota Tennessee also provided the group with a $10,000 grant this year.
Toyota Missouri's veterans and disabilities awareness groups (Toyota Veterans Association and ToyotAbility, respectively) hosted Wacky Water Day on September 10. Wacky Water Day, hosted at Missouri State Park, Cuivre River, is a chance for people of all abilities in Lincoln County to enjoy outdoor activities including canoeing, archery, kayaking and fishing. The event is held in a strong partnership with the Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA), which seeks to empower individuals with disabilities through adaptive sports and fitness. Toyota is a proud sponsor of DASA and donated $30,000 to their adaptive sports program this year. Additionally, Toyota Missouri President Wes Woods is on the Board of Directors.
Originally Published December 22, 2022