On Wednesday afternoon, Toyota officials hosted an event where they announced a new community partnership while advertising their all-new 2021 Toyota Sienna.
Toyota Indiana’s president and Gibson County community leaders spoke at the event.
It was also announced that Princeton would be getting a YMCA.
Toyota will be donating $1 million dollars to kick off the capital campaign to complete the project.
Local government and the YMCA of Southwest Indiana say Gibson County has underlying health issues that they believe a Y could help alleviate.
“There was a large number of people in this community that suffered from some chronic illnesses or had some high health needs,” Jonathan Pope, president of the Southwest Indiana YMCA said. “A YMCA can be instrumental in working with public health systems and the community to change that dynamic.”
Princeton Mayor Greg Wright said there have been ongoing efforts to get a YMCA for years.
He explained that by having a multi-million dollar corporation donate a million dollars to the effort, he felt it would legitimize the effort.
“I think it’s going to snowball,” Wright said. I think there’s going to be a lot of places that say, ‘Oh wow, Toyota’s involved. We want to get involved too.’”
They say the ultimate goal is to build a new community center for children and adults.
Toyota also announced that they’ve donated a brand new van to veteran services in Gibson County to assist in transporting veterans to the Evansville VA hospital.
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