Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota Spokane
Even after his 2009 death from complications of Type 2 diabetes, Miller is making an impact through the thousands of Larry H. Miller Group employees who participate in a day of service every year on April 26, his birthday, to carry on his legacy of helping others.
This year in Spokane, about 150 employees joined four Portland Region team members to rebuild dilapidated planting beds in a local community garden project.
“It was really cool that Toyota came up and joined us,” said Scott Brewer, general manager of Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota Spokane. “They got dirty, sweated, lifted and gave 100 percent to help us accomplish our goals.”
With that many people working, the effect of just a half-day’s work was significant. The group worked until noon and built 64 raised planting beds along with gravel paths connecting them. They donated all materials and labor for the project.
Since 2010, more than 9,744 employees have donated nearly 40,000 hours at 192 locations in seven states during the Day of Service.
Brewer, who’s been with the Toyota dealership since 2011, never knew Larry but he’s gotten to know his legacy.
“Everything about Larry was about the community and giving back to the community since day one,” said Brewer. “It’s a blessing to be a conduit between the Larry H. Miller dealerships and the communities in which we work and play in every day.”