"Our Sienna Mobility van supports our core mission to provide individuals in wheelchairs with opportunities that help them fully experience their communities," said Chris Adams, executive director of Ohio-based Stepping Stones. "We hope more organizations like ours will take advantage of this wonderful Toyota program and benefit from the inspiring support of their communities like we did."
The 100 Cars for Good program is the first Toyota initiative that engages the public to determine how its philanthropic donations will be awarded. Over the last 20 years, Toyota has contributed nearly $700 million to nonprofits throughout the U.S., with core priorities on safety, education and the environment.
For the Massachusetts-based nonprofit All Hands Volunteer, its new Toyota Tundra was essential when disaster struck the Northeast."Within 48 hours of Superstorm Sandy, our volunteers were in the new truck driving south toward Staten Island to help affected families," said David Campbell, executive director of the organization, which used its vehicle to help clear homes after the devastating storm. "By establishing 100 Cars for Good, Toyota helps identify groups like ours with huge needs for vehicles. It makes so much more possible." Last year, the 500 finalists inspired thousands of people to go online and select winners. Those who voted learned about organizations around the country and their unique approaches to making communities better places to live. "For us, the Toyota vehicle helps our staff members drive animals to classrooms so kids can feel the snake's scales or touch a parrot's feathers," said Thane Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden that won a Prius v last year. "That authentic experience can open a world of curiosity, and ultimately, foster a greater appreciation for nature and wildlife. The Prius v helps us get there to open minds." For a full list of rules and to learn more about 100 Cars for Good, visit www.100carsforgood.com. About Toyota Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed nearly 700 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.