Toyota recognized with IU philanthropy award

Toyota Material Handling is being recognized by Indiana University with the Spirit of Philanthropy Award for the Columbus company’s efforts to support children with disabilities.

According to the company, Toyota has been partnering with the IU School of Health & Human Sciences’ ‘Go Baby Go’ program which offers custom mobility solutions to support the independence and cognitive development of children. Those solutions include ride-on cars, customized to meet the needs of children with mobility challenges. Modifications can include things like adaptive seating, specialized controls and safety enhancements.

Toyota’s design engineers collaborate with engineering students each semester to strategize, design and customize cars for children. Last year, the company also contributed $10,000 to the initiative.

Photo: Toyota Material Handling receives Spirit of Philanthropy Award from Indiana University in recognition of the company’s dedication to contributing to the wellbeing of the community. Left to Right: Pamela Whitten (IU President), Rafael Bahamonde (IU Indianapolis, School of Health and Human Sciences Dean), Brian Egloff (TMH, Director of Engineering), Dennis Huffer (TMH, Design Engineer Supervisor), Christopher Huber (TMH, Design Engineer), Danielle Nickerson (TMH, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager), Latha Ramchand (IU Indianapolis Chancellor)