TOYOTA TEXAS AWARDS EVA’S HEROES $15,000 AND A MINIVAN AS THE PLANT CELEBRATES ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY
Eva’s Heroes was the recipient of a $15,000 donation, as well as a specially outfitted Toyota Sienna, from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX) during a celebration of the plant’s 15th anniversary on October 19.
The monetary gift from TMMTX will help Eva’s Heroes provide programming for individuals with intellectual special needs on the South Side of San Antonio, where the plant is located and many of its team members live. As a special surprise, a Toyota Sienna equipped with an Auto Access Seat was also donated to the nonprofit to enhance the mobility of the program and its participants.
“We cannot thank Toyota Texas enough for the incredible $15,000 contribution and beautiful Toyota Sienna that will help with transportation for our participants on the South Side, where Eva’s Heroes will begin offering programming by next year,” said Christiane Perkins-Garcia, co-founder and interim executive director.
TMMTX’s over 3,000 team members and 4,000 on-site supplier team members are celebrating building over 2.2 million Tacoma and Tundra trucks since the plant opened. These accomplishments were highlighted by community donations to mark the plant’s anniversary and the 300th anniversary of the city.
“San Antonio embraced Toyota Texas as a member of the community when we broke ground here in 2003,” said Yoshi Nagatani, TMMTX plant president. “We have since enjoyed a strong partnership and look forward to continuing to support the needs of our neighbors right here in the South Side of San Antonio.”
Since 2003, TMMTX has contributed $45 million in donations to the community. Other recipients of the 15th anniversary celebration include:
- With an emphasis on STEM education, TMMTX contributed $15,000 to Palo Alto College’s STEM Center, which will work in tandem with the new CAST STEM campus at Southwest Legacy High School. The Toyota USA Foundation donated $1.7 million to that campus in April 2017.
- Toyota’s global commitment to the environment is reflected in a $15,000 donation to EPIcenter to fund alternative energy development through its energy incubator program.
- With a focus on safety, TMMTX’s third donation provided $30,000 to purchase 300 car seats for Buckle Up for Life through University Health System. The installation of 300 car seats is symbolic of San Antonio’s tricentennial year and will educate and empower families to buckle up and go safely.
Toyota’s Team Texas is 7,200 team members strong and includes 23 on-site suppliers. The facility produced 267,000 Tundra and Tacoma trucks in 2017. Each year, more than 22,000 guests stop at the TMMTX Visitors Center.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 36 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2017 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 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.