Deaf-initely Winning

Ellena Zimmerman, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) HR Specialist, is no stranger to supporting Toyota community events. But, when the ToyotAbility and Young Professionals business partnering groups (BPGs) decided to sponsor the Deafinitely Not Different 5k and Fun Run, an event that benefits the Plano Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, her participation was personal.

“Having a daughter diagnosed with hearing loss at birth, it’s important to me that everyone has some awareness about deaf culture. Working with the Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, my daughter is better prepared for the challenges she will face and for what the future holds.”

The BPGs dedicated over 100 hours to the event, resulting in a $2,000 Team Grant for the school through Toyota4Good. This helped offset cost for school trips and will help provide language learning experiences inside the classroom and within the community.

“This event has really expanded in its second year to become a strong diversity and inclusion event, helping recruit individuals from all abilities within our Toyota family to inspire the kids in our community to dream big,” says Ellena.

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