Toyota Indiana Donation Helps Local Children Through Big Brothers Big Sisters
Toyota Indiana is home to the Sequoia, Sienna, and Highlander (both gasoline and hybrid versions). But it’s also a proud part of the Gibson County, Indiana community, donating more than $14 million since 1996 to local organizations supporting a variety of causes, including health and human services, youth and education, civic and community programs, and arts and culture. The plant is also dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint, and has been a zero-landfill facility since 2005. Now, Toyota Indiana is adding another $30,000 to its donation total by partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley (BBBSOV) to help provide Gibson County children to develop influential relationships with responsible adult mentors that will help them grow into mature and responsible teens and adults.
The $30,000 Toyota Indiana donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by other community partners up to an additional $30,000. The money will help expand the Big Brothers Big Sisters program to give Gibson County children the chance to have one-on-one mentoring sessions during the school day. In order to help raise additional funds for the program, Toyota Indiana and BBBSOV will kick off a campaign with an event called Bowl for Kids’ Sake on Saturday, October 25th, at Gibson Lanes in Princeton, Indiana. Interested individuals can register in teams of five, and each team member gets a personal fundraising goal of $50. If you’re local or know someone who would want to take part in this fundraiser, go to http://www.gobiggibson.org/ to register or make a donation online.
Kelly Dillon, manager of External Affairs at Toyota Indiana, said, “We are so excited to be able to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters to offer a much-needed program in our county. Too many children are growing up without an adult to tell them they can be successful. And engaging our community is the most important piece of this program to help it be sustainable and successful.”