Hitachi Business Finance’s own Toby Dahm, senior vice president and ABL portfolio manager, was recently named a 2015 Distinguished Volunteer by the Greater Detroit Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Toby received the “Charismatic” Award by the organization for his passion in helping others, most notably those served by The Salvation Army. For the past eight years, he has served as an Advisory Board member to the Eastern Michigan Division of The Salvation Army, offering up strategic guidance and business advice. He also served two years as a committee member. Additionally, Hitachi Business Finance has supported Toby and The Salvation Army for many years as a corporate sponsor.
In an effort to raise both funds and awareness for the organization’s Bed and Bread program, Toby challenged himself to snowshoe around Belle Isle earlier this year. “The Salvation Army Bed and Bread program feeds, clothes, and provides comfort to 4,300 people in the Detroit area each day. As a board member, I have ridden on the truck and had direct contact with those suffering from severe poverty. This was my opportunity to make a difference.”
He made it around the island three times, which is about 15 miles total. For his efforts, he successfully raised nearly $3,000. This helped provide meals to more than 280 people in need. To view a short video of his efforts, click here.
“I’m humbled to receive such an honor,” says Toby. “Many years ago, I decided to volunteer my time and efforts to a cause that was making a difference in people’s everyday lives. The time I’ve spent with The Salvation Army has really made an impact on my personal life and makes me even more grateful for my many blessings.”
“Toby has made wonderful contributions to The Salvation Army over the many years he has been involved,” said Major Russ Sjögren, general secretary and metro Detroit area commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “He is a respected advisor and his support inspires our team on a daily basis.”