Georgetown, Kentucky (November 1, 2016) — Several hundred Toyota employees spent this past Sunday at work, but not to make cars. Instead, workers teamed up with family and friends to make a difference, walking 1.86 miles and raising over $52,000 in support of two local non-profits.
Quest Farm and Lex-Pro, organizations which provide opportunities for Central Kentuckians with disabilities, were beneficiaries of the Toyota-hosted 3K. Each received $10,000 from the company, on top of funds collected by walk participants.
Toyota partners with Quest Farm and Lex-Pro to pair work opportunities at its Georgetown plant with job seekers served by each organization. “As a provider of a variety of services for individuals with development or intellectual disabilities, Quest Farm has been blessed to cultivate such a strong, and mutually beneficial relationship with TMMK,” said Spencer Wahl, Quest Farm Executive Director. “The knowledge and skills that have been gained by the individuals who work at TMMK have been invaluable as they pursue a greater role in our community.”
Dave Orrender, Toyota assistant general manager and Lex-Pro board member, was among the participants at Sunday’s walk. “For over six years, Lex-Pro has been blessed to have a working relationship with TMMK, which has not only strengthened Lex-Pro’s organization but more importantly has given Lex-Pro team members the opportunity to work in the community,” Orrender said. “This walk is just another example of how Toyota continues to support organizations like Lex-Pro and the community.”
For the past 11 years, Toyota employees have annually organized around a local charitable cause. In 2015, over 600 Toyota volunteers came together to benefit The Epilepsy Foundation, raising more than $34,000. But this year, in celebration of Toyota’s 30th anniversary in Georgetown, the plant doubled its commitment, selecting two nonprofits to support.
Employees organized bake sales, contests and silent auctions and made individual donations which, in total, more than matched Toyota’s corporate gift to each non-profit. “At Toyota, we’re not just coworkers and colleagues, we’re family,” said Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK). “Whether it’s building cars or building up our local communities, when we come together to do great things, the sky is the limit.”
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.
Lex-Pro is a non-profit organization created in 1976 to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to reach their highest vocational potential. They work with industries/businesses to provide services that promote vocational development for individuals being served in a real work setting.
About Quest Farm
Quest Farm believes each person should have the opportunity to reach for the stars in quest of a full and meaningful life. Therefore, our mission is to lovingly care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing or coordinating access to personalized services that positively contribute to their quality of life.