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Toyota Kentucky honors its top volunteers at annual Volunteers in Place event

Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. honored its top volunteers during the company’s annual Volunteers In Place recognition ceremony May 11. Established in 1994 to encourage volunteerism and recognize employees for their efforts, TMMK’s VIP program has enrolled nearly 1,900 members who in 2012 contributed over 22,000 volunteer hours in Kentucky communities.
TMMK President Wil James thanked the honorees at the recent event by saying, “The amount of time and talent you give back to the communities where you live and work is impressive. Considering how hard you work at Toyota, spending time outside of work to volunteer is a big commitment. We are pleased to be able to recognize you tonight by providing additional donations to the organizations you support.”
There were 11 Toyota employees recognized as top volunteers for 2012. One of the 11 was chosen as Volunteer of the Year and one was chosen as the New Member of the Year. Each honoree was awarded with a donation on their behalf to a favorite charity ranging from $500 to $3000.
In addition to hours logged, top volunteers 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. The New Member of the Year is a new enrollee in the VIP program, who logs the most volunteer hours in a calendar year.
Honorees included:
David Burke, in Facilities Control, to Cooper High School Football – $500
Ron Holbrook, in Facilities Control, to Madison Central High Baseball – $500
Billy Wells, in Assembly, to Washington County 4H Horse Club – $500
Carla Wright, in Facilities Control, to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest – $500
Amy Crowe, in Body Weld, to Cool Breeze Track and Field Club – $500
Howard Taylor, in Body Weld, to Bluegrass United Homeschool Sports – $500 (New Member of the Year)
Bethany Giordano, in Facilities Control, to Scott County Humane Society – $1,500
Pat Malesick, in Operations Development Grp, to Scott County High Baseball Boosters – $1,500
James Paul Switzer, in Powertrain Maintenance, to Harrison County 4H – $1,500
Jason Jacob, in Paint Production Engineering, to White Hall Elementary Archery Team – $1,500
Dorothy McManigle, in Business Planning, to Kentucky Horse Park Foundation – $3,000 (Volunteer of the Year)
From Toyota Kentucky