April is Making Life Easier Month

2012-MLE-Month-Group-Photo-from-Be-Booksmart-DayFor its second year, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) has declared April as Making Life Easier Month. During the month, TFS associates have planned and will conduct service activities nationwide in their local communities to support youth, the environment, and financial education. Many events are scheduled in conjunction with National Boys & Girls Club Week (April 7-13), National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), Financial Literacy Month, and Earth Month.

Launching this year is a new experience for TFS associates called Genchi Genbutsu in the Community. (Genchi Genbutsu is a Japanese term that means “go and see.”) Spreading to other TFS locations during April and throughout the year, this community event launches in Torrance, Calif. on Thursday, April 11 and involves taking up to 300 associates to six area Boys & Girls Clubs in Carson, Long Beach, San Pedro, South Bay, Venice, and Watts/Willowbrook. The purpose is to provide associates with a firsthand opportunity to “go and see” their local Boys & Girls Club to learn what they do and how they can help, either on their own or through TFS-supported programs like Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), a program now available at all Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.

The concept and timing of Genchi Genbutsu in the Community fits nicely with this year’s theme for National Boys & Girls Club Week of “Open the Door. Take the Tour.”  It’s a way to help participants better understand what goes on in their local Clubs, the services they provide, and the impact they have on thousands of children every day.

In addition to tours of Boys & Girls Clubs during April and throughout the year, the 36 TFS locations nationwide are planning service activities and recognizing associates for their work in the community. Associates who have given 100 hours or more over the past year will receive a President’s Volunteer Service Award, the nation’s highest honor of recognition. In Torrance, Calif., awards will be presented to those associates located at company headquarters on Wednesday, April 24 after a talk by NBA legend and Boys & Girls Club alum, “Iron Man” A.C. Green.

TFS supports community involvement of its associates year round as the company believes volunteerism fosters meaningful personal and professional growth while making a difference helping those who need it the most. In addition to giving up to $500 grants to nonprofits where associates volunteer 50 hours or more each year, TFS also provides board leadership grants (up to $5,000) and Volunteer of the Year Awards (up to $5,000 for the top two associates with the most hours of service per year). To learn more, check this site often by clicking HERE.