The run/walk course through the University of Michigan campus raised $155,000 for six nonprofit organizations: the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, the Family Learning Institute, Ozone House, Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools, SafeHouse Center and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels.
Dunning Toyota employees were on hand at the April event to supply vehicles, hand out water and answer questions about Toyota products and services. The employees also had the chance to meet colleagues from Toyota R&D, which also sent volunteers to the race.
“We believe that community involvement is an extremely important part of our business,” says John Taylor, vice president and general manager of Dunning Toyota. “In addition, partnering with our Toyota technical associates allows us to build positive relationships with them. We’ve learned over the years that we’re all focused on the same goals: providing a product and mobility experience that improves people’s lives.”
Apart from the 5K, Toyota volunteers teamed up with University of Michigan athletes to help feed Ann Arbor’s senior citizens. They boxed up and delivered food for the local Meals on Wheels program.
“We are grateful for the support Toyota provides to the Big House 5K and the six race beneficiaries,” says Meghann Oblak, assistant director of partnerships for the University of Michigan Athletic Department. “This is a true partnership in every sense, and because of this collaboration, we are able to provide transformative donations and meaningful exposure to six local nonprofits servicing our community.”