TMMK Corporate Advisor - Osamu "Sam" Ushio (left) and TMMK President Wil James (right) honor this year's top volunteers during a recognition dinner. The top volunteers are: (left to right) J.P. Switzer, James Arnold, Dorothy McManigle, Pat Malesick, and Kenny Merritt.
GEORGETOWN, KENTUCKY, (May 10, 2011) — Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) honored its top five volunteers during the company’s recent Volunteers In Place (VIP) Recognition Dinner. The TMMK-VIP program was developed in 1994 to encourage and recognize team member volunteer work while supporting TMMK's operating principles and firm commitment to good corporate citizenship.
Dorothy McManigle, an associate in Corporate Administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), was named the company’s 2010 Volunteer of the Year. McManigle joined TMMK in 2002 and has been an avid participant in Toyota’s VIP program.
McManigle volunteered for numerous organizations throughout the year including the UK Rehabilitation Center where she helps fundraise to support activities for medical rehab patients. Some other activities McManigle champions include organizing a quarterly collection and donation of funds for the Salvation Army, coordinating a donation program for the Amen House to help support community efforts, and providing transportation and logistics support for various events for Central KY Riding for Hope that help to fund and support the Handicapped Riders programs.
McManigle also works closely with the Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Re-Store and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation where she has taken on many leadership roles.
TMMK also honored James Arnold, J.P. Switzer, Kenny Merritt, and Pat Malesick for their volunteer efforts.
Arnold, a team leader in Quality Control started his career at Toyota in 1989. A native of Paris, Ky., Arnold volunteered for several non-profit organizations including the Winchester YMCA, Wesley’s Place, the Travis Fryman Memorial Scholarship Fund and Kentucky Special Olympics. His greatest joy comes through his support of the Bourbon County Marching Band – the Marching Colonels. Arnold was also a top five volunteer in 2010.
Switzer, a skilled team member, joined TMMK in 1991 and works in Powertrain. The Cynthiana native has now been a member of TMMK’s top five volunteers for five consecutive years, including 2008 when he was Volunteer of the Year. Switzer participated in many TMMK sponsored events including Big Brothers/Big Sister’s Bowl for Kids Sake, Scott County Relay for Life, and the Polar Bear Plunge. He has also been very dedicated to the Harrison County community where he is a member of the Harrison County FFA Alumni, the Planning & Zoning Variance Board and the Harrison County Fair Board. Switzer is also an avid supporter and coach for Harrison County athletics.
Merritt, also a skilled team member in Powertrain is among TMMK’s top volunteers for the fourth consecutive year including 2010 when he was Volunteer of the Year. Merritt participated in numerous volunteer activities in 2011including a fundraiser for Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown. He also raised funds for the Lupus Walk which helped prepare more than 800 food boxes for Feed the Children International.
Merritt also supported several TMMK sponsored events such as the Children’s Charity Golf Classic, Big Brothers/ Big Sister’s Bowl for Kids Sake, the Step Out for Diabetes Walk, and the Francisco Art Festival in Midway. One of his biggest passions is supporting the Special Olympics of Kentucky. Merritt led and assisted numerous activities for this organization which serves over 6,000 athletes around the state.
Malesick, a specialist in Human Resources at TMMK, is no stranger to the company’s list of top volunteers. A long time participant in the VIP program, Malesick joined TMMK in 1989 and currently works in the Operations Development Group. His volunteer activities involved clean-up of Scott County Park, food distribution for God’s Pantry and helping construct a modular home for Habitat for Humanity. In addition, he supported the March of Dimes Signature Walk and served as a mentor at Scott County Middle School.
Malesick has a strong passion for youth sports and serves as Vice President of the Scott County High School Cardinal Baseball Booster Club. This club is an action-oriented group of parents, volunteers and administrators working together to support the Scott County High School Cardinals Varsity, Junior Varsity and Freshman Baseball teams with financial and volunteer support.
In 2010, through TMMK’s Volunteers-In-Place program, nearly 1,700 team members recorded almost 26,000 man hours in the community. However, Toyota’s top volunteers are not decided solely on hours logged. They are graded on a scoring system that awards points in various areas including, diversity of the activity, impact on the community, leadership roles undertaken and participation in TMMK sponsored activities.
TMMK is celebrating its 25th anniversary and is Toyota’s largest manufacturing facility in North America employing about 6,800 full-time team members. The Georgetown, Ky., plant represents a $5.3 billion investment and produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, and Avalon sedans and the Venza crossover.
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