In celebration of its 100th anniversary, The Toro Company has long been committed to helping customers around the world care for their outdoor environments. At the same time, Toro has built a legacy of giving back to the communities where its employees live and work. As Toro celebrates ‘A Century of Innovation’ and ‘A Legacy of Caring,’ the company is proud to continue its support of communities with the donation of over $700,000 through its Legacy Grant Program.
Supporting both domestic and international locations, the Legacy Grant Program has enabled Toro to continue its strong support of its communities worldwide. The projects chosen to receive funding are helping to enrich outdoor landscapes, to encourage efficient use of water, and to involve children and adults in education programs on managing water resources.
The Australian Red Cross Society was chosen for its commitment to enhance the lives of asylum seekers, refugees, and newly arrived migrants through the community garden at St. Brigid’s Primary School in South Australia. The Putting Down Roots project will enable the community garden to continue to operate for two more seasons, and provide an opportunity for participants to learn about basic practical benefits of community gardens.
In an effort to increase outdoor learning for children, the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities plans to use its funding to develop an environmental learning space for kids. The Mt. Airy Garden project plans to educate club members about everything from ecosystems and pollution to plant lifecycles and nutrition, while demonstrating efficient water use.
Inland Empire Waterkeeper of California was granted funding for the Kids Activism Through Science program (RiverKATS) in the Greater Riverside area. The fundamental goal of this program is to introduce high-school students to watershed concepts while familiarizing them with local waterways. With comprehensive field trips and formal classroom education, RiverKATS engages the increasing young population on environmental issues and challenges.
As an organization working to protect its water resources, the Xiamen Green Cross Association in China was awarded funding to minimize water shortages through the Juilong River Basin Protection project. The Green Cross plans to provide physical outdoor activities that will raise awareness about the importance of the efficient use of water and protection of natural resources.
For a complete listing of Legacy Grant recipients, visit www.toro.com/community.