COLUMBUS, Ind. (December 19, 2022) – Toyota Material Handling (TMH), North America’s leading manufacturer of forklifts and warehousing solutions, established a partnership with Anchor House, a nonprofit that offers assistance to those in need in the Jackson County area. Anchor House is the only homeless program in the area, and offers the largest food pantry and two emergency shelters.
“Toyota Material Handling is proud to partner with this local organization that has an impact on so many families and individuals in our community,” said Tracy Stachniak, TMH Vice President of Human Resources. “Anchor House is a staple in the community, and we are proud that this partnership will allow the shelter to broaden the ways they assist those in need.”
In this partnership, TMH committed to offering a total of $100,000 in financial support to Anchor House that will be paid over the next four years. The company will also provide in-kind donations to meet needs that arise for Anchor House and their clients, such as non-perishable food or business and interview attire. TMH employees will also have the opportunity to volunteer for the organization by providing shelter maintenance and food pantry donations.
TMH also committed to supporting Anchor House’s self-sufficiency program by providing employment skills training for Anchor House clients. The training will include, but isn’t limited to, interview skills, resume writing and application completion assistance. Through this program, TMH will develop an employment track aimed at helping Anchor House clients obtain sustainable employment.
“The growing need for our services in the community has been evident by the increased need for food and shelter we’ve continued to experience. Now more than ever, our friends and neighbors need our assistance,” said Anchor House Executive Director Megan Cherry. “With the growing need, we rely on vital partners like Toyota to help us with our important work. This allows us to meet those needs and ensure that no one is left in the cold or hungry.
“We couldn’t be more grateful that Toyota has come along side us to provide volunteers, hard work and financial support to our mission. Toyota is one of our biggest champions and supporters. We are able to continue to meet the need because of this great partnership and work they support.”
In 2022, Anchor House provided over 10,500 nights of shelter to people in need and served over 14,000 people through its food pantry. The organization has served the Jackson County area for over three decades and partners with multiple organizations in the area to provide holistic support for those with immediate and long-term needs.
Learn more about TMH’s commitment to helping the communities the company serves carry the load by reviewing the 2022 Sustainability Report here or by visiting toyotaforklift.com.
About Toyota Material Handling
Toyota Material Handling, a North American leader in material handling solutions, offers a full line of material handling products proudly assembled in the United States, including forklifts, reach trucks, order pickers, pallet jacks, container handlers, automated guided vehicles, and tow tractors, along with aerial work platforms, fleet management services, and advanced automation engineering and design. Toyota’s commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction, the hallmark of the Toyota Production System, extends throughout more than 230 locations across North America. For more information, visit ToyotaForklift.com.