Hi, I’m Justin Leach, public relations manager with Toyota Financial Services (TFS). On Thursday night, my team had the honor of presenting a $464,425 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America at one of the organization’s locations in Fullerton, California. The donation was a result of a shared effort by TFS and three auto remarketing firms, ADESA, Manheim and Norwalk Auto Auction to support the Boys & Girls Clubs’ college readiness program, Diplomas to Degrees (d2D).
Launched in 2010, d2D attempts to address a dropout crisis in America and prepare high risk, Club teens for the challenges and expectations of college. The program provides tools, resources, and support to teens to move from high school to college graduation. This includes helping with goal-setting, introducing the college lifestyle, exploring and securing financial assistance, and building relationships with supportive adults who can mentor them throughout the process.
Toyota was a founding sponsor of the d2D program with a three-year $1.5 million grant. To send additional dollars to the program for the second year in a row, for every vehicle purchased from Nov. 1-30, 2012, TFS pledged a $50 donation and the auction houses pledged an additional $15 to $25 per vehicle. The $464,425 will be divided equally among 19 local Boys & Girls Clubs currently running the program throughout the nation.
Youth and education programs like d2D enable Toyota to help improve the quality of life in our communities where we live and work. It’s also one of several ways we help local Boys & Girls Clubs. Toyota also offers academic scholarships, mentorships, internships, financial education and career programs to Club youth.
Overall, if we can help guide kids to become productive and caring adults, our communities will be brighter places for us all. The dollars donated Thursday night share a piece of that story. You can learn more about the d2D program and about Toyota’s community involvement here.
You, too, can make a difference. Would you consider getting involved?