Toyota Material Handling’s Executive Giving Program donates to local non-profit
Toyota Material Handling, the leading manufacturer of forklifts and warehousing solutions in North America, has recently made a generous donation of $5,000 to Family Service, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Columbus, Indiana. The contribution aims to show support for Mental Health Awareness Month. This act of philanthropy is a result of Toyota’s Executive Giving Program, which was established in 2012 to encourage company leaders to actively engage with and give back to a local organization they feel passionate about. As part of this program, senior executives at Toyota are allocated a budget ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 each year to donate to a nonprofit that is making a positive impact in the community.
However, Toyota’s Executive Giving Program goes beyond providing financial aid. Prior to receiving funding for a cause, Toyota executives are strongly encouraged to make a meaningful contribution to the organization by dedicating their time. This approach emphasizes the importance of active involvement in addition to monetary support. Tracy Stachniak, the Vice President of Human Resources at Toyota Material Handling, played a crucial role in spearheading the recent donation to Family Service, Inc. She is deeply committed to giving back to the community and serves on the board of the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Stachniak’s awareness of Family Service, Inc. came through her interactions with several Toyota Associates, including Michael Heyden, the President of Family Service and a senior manager at Toyota, who actively volunteer with the organization.
$5,000 donation by Toyota Material Handling
The $5,000 donation made by Toyota Material Handling will have a direct impact on Family Service, Inc.’s efforts to provide mental health therapy and abuse prevention education in Bartholomew County, Indiana. This financial support will aid the organization in its mission to make a positive difference in the community during Mental Health Awareness Month and beyond.
“At Toyota, we understand the importance of promoting mental health awareness to fight the stigma, and we are committed to supporting the mental health and wellness of all of our Associates and our fellow neighbors,” Stachniak said. “Our core purpose – the reason we exist – is to contribute to society, and the Executive Giving Program is a great opportunity to do that. We were proud to make this donation to Family Service, Inc. during Mental Health Awareness Month to help promote education and resources for those who may be struggling. Our hope is that this contribution will have a positive impact on many lives and inspire others us to join us in this important cause.”
Family Service, Inc., a nonprofit organization established in 1968, is dedicated to enhancing the mental well-being of the community through prevention, education, treatment, and advocacy. The organization has always placed a strong emphasis on family-oriented programs aimed at strengthening family dynamics.
In the year 2022, Family Service, Inc. delivered mental health services to over 620 individuals in the region. This included approximately 1,833 therapy sessions provided free of charge to both youth and adults. The organization also conducted in-person prevention education programs, reaching a staggering number of over 25,000 individuals the previous year. To effectively address immediate and long-term needs, Family Service, Inc. collaborates with various organizations in the area, providing comprehensive support.
Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the United States, championed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Its purpose is to raise awareness about mental health, educate the public, and advocate for policies that assist the millions of individuals in the U.S. affected by mental illness. To participate in the ongoing discussion on social media, individuals are encouraged to utilize the #MoreThanEnough hashtag.
For further information on Toyota’s commitment to supporting the communities it serves and assisting them in shouldering their responsibilities, readers can refer to the company’s 2022 Sustainability Report or visit the newly launched ToyotaForklift.com.