David Benedict Leads Toyota Staff in Rehabbing Homes for Habitat for Humanity

Jan 22, 2014 2:55 PM ET
David Benedict is a program manager for Toyota's Tacoma pickup and is on the board of Habitat for Humanity's Huron Valley chapter. The rehabilitation work takes place from June to September. / Toyota

Original article by Bill Koenig on Detroit Free Press

David Benedict’s day job is being a program manager for the Tacoma small pickup at Toyota’s technical center in Ann Arbor. But he has plenty to do in his off hours as well.

Benedict is on the board of Habitat for Humanity’s Huron Valley chapter. He also organizes about 100 Toyota employees, spouses and others to rehabilitate homes in Washtenaw County for Habitat for Humanity.

Benedict had been involved with Habitat for Humanity when he worked for Toyota in California. So when he transferred to the company’s Ann Arbor technical center in 2002, it just seemed natural to continue his commitment.

“We really focus on renovating houses, rather than building new houses,” said Benedict, 61, who won a Detroit Free Press Automotive Leadership Award in the community service category. The rehabilitation work takes place over 12 weekends a year from June through September. The volunteers work eight hours a day each Saturday of those weekends, Benedict said.

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