When a workplace is like a family and an employee in that family needs help or supports an important cause, the whole team has their back. That’s certainly true at Charles Maund Toyota in Austin, which is known for its support of local organizations near and dear to the hearts of its team members, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Central Texas chapter.
Charles Maund’s support of the CFF was recently acknowledged at the organization’s January 2019 awards dinner, when the dealership was honored the Top Corporate Sponsor award.
Charles Maund Toyota’s dedication to improving the daily lives of people with cystic fibrosis began with dealership Vice President Jim DiMeo, whose daughter, Nicole, passed away from the disease in 2015 at age 34. Charles Maund Toyota’s Olya Grynyshyn said that like many of the causes they support, this one is very personal.
“We’ve supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for about 10 years and for a lot of the staff, it is really very personal. It started with Jim DiMeo and his daughter who had cystic fibrosis from birth, but everyone got behind the cause,” she said. “It’s a very dear cause for Jim, but it’s like family here so it’s a dear cause for all of us.”
The dealership is involved with local organizations in a variety of ways, including at Austin’s Community First Village where it has set up a car detailing and oil change shop run by village residents. For the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the dealership’s donation helped in a few ways.
“We offer strong financial support and sure, it’s writing a check, but it’s so much more,” said Grynyshyn. “I attended the awards ceremony in January and they briefed the audience before giving the award. It was incredible to get a snapshot of where the disease was 10 years ago to where it is now and to see the impact our donation made.”
Stacy Turlington Dollar is executive director of the CFF’s Central Texas Chapter. She said that the dealership’s support has become a welcome partnership and its involvement has had an important and lasting impact.
“Charles Maund Toyota and their continued support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Central Texas Chapter has helped us to further our mission to cure cystic fibrosis and provide all people with this disease the opportunity to live full and productive lives and have access to quality care,” said Dollar.
“Charles Maund Toyota is not just a donor but a true partner of our chapter. Their passion and commitment to finding a cure for CF has lead to groundbreaking drugs that are treating the underlying cause of CF and not just the symptoms. The impact Charles Maund Toyota has made cannot be measured as not only are they providing much need funds for research they are providing hope to all who are battling this disease.”
Thanks in part to its donation, the central Texas chapter has been able to provide separate clinics for adults and children living with cystic fibrosis so that each has an appropriately nurturing environment.
“At the awards ceremony they announced that for the first time since the organization started, in 2018 there were less children than adults coming into the clinics which really says something about the progress of the CFF in fighting this disease,” said Grynyshyn.
While Charles Maund Toyota continues to support the CFF with monetary donations, it’s also looking to start a professional development program for young people.
“We’d like to collaborate with CFF further,” said Grynyshyn. “We’re excited about the opportunity to be able to welcome young adults with CF to Charles Maund in the future. They wouldn’t just shadow the staff here but spend time in a development program in whatever aspect of the business they’re interested in. We have finance people, sales, marketing — they could explore career paths not just in an auto dealership but for any business.”
Grynyshyn said that the dealership is always looking to its employee family for other ways it can get involved in the community, but as the only locally-owned Toyota dealership in the area, it also reaches out to the greater Austin community for ideas.
“Because we’re so involved in the community, we like hearing about what’s important to the community. What do our employees support, but also, what do you, the community, support? It’s great to see that we can actually make a difference.”
Charles Maund Toyota is Austin’s only locally owned Toyota dealership offering a great selection of new and used cars to choose from, as well as on-site auto service, a vast collection of parts and a financing team that understands the needs of drivers like you. Charles Maund Toyota is at 8400 Research Blvd. in Austin.