11 Alabama groups in running for 100 Cars for Good | Events
Toyota today announced that 11 nonprofit organizations in Alabama are among the 500 finalists in 100 Cars for Good, a national philanthropic program in which the automaker is giving away 100 vehicles to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days.
Winners will be selected each day by the public through voting on Facebook, beginning on Monday, May 14.
100 Cars for Good finalists come from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This year’s finalists from Alabama include:
- Adaptive Aquatics, Wilsonville: Teaches adapted water skiing skills to disabled children and adults and wounded veterans.
- Agape Educational Media, Brewton: Broadcasts Christian programming and music through the local family-friendly radio station WOW 90.9.
- Heal Inc., Birmingham: Promotes Healthy Eating and Active Living through a school curriculum, with a community and family outreach extension.
- Huntsville-Tennessee Valley AMBUCS, Madison: Creates opportunities for people with disabilities in the community.
- K9 Specialty Services of Alabama, Columbiana: Trains and certifies dogs to help local law enforcement, military and firefighter officials.
- Reins of Life Youth Ranch, Hamilton: Provides troubled children the opportunity to spend time with rescued and recovering horses.
- The Council on Aging of Etowah County, Gadsden: Aims to enhance the quality of life of aging persons in the community by planning, encouraging and providing services sensitive to their current and emerging needs.
- Three Hots & A Cot, Birmingham: Provides homeless veterans the resources and support they need to transition back to civilian society, including lodging, meals, showers, transportation and job hunting help.
- West Alabama Food Bank, Northport: Helps alleviate hunger and food insecurity in nine West Alabama counties including Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marion, Pickens, Sumter and Tuscaloosa.
- Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity, Dothan: Provides affordable housing through its Christian ministry.
- Wounded Warrior Family Foundation, Montgomery: Contributes to the welfare, support and education of spouses and children of wounded warriors.
A complete list of finalists is available at www.100carsforgood.com.
This is the second consecutive year for Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good, which is the first Toyota initiative to enlist the public’s help in determining how the company’s charitable contributions are awarded. The 500 finalists, selected from an extremely competitive pool, were certified by an independent panel of experts in philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. The finalists include nonprofits serving a broad range of community needs, including animal welfare, arts, education, environment, health, veterans’ affairs and safety.
“Toyota congratulates all of this year’s finalists for 100 Cars for Good in Alabama,” said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Motor Sales. “We are grateful for the enormous impact that these nonprofits have each day and hope that 100 Cars for Good will play an important role in raising awareness of their work and helping these vital organizations make an even bigger difference across Alabama. We wish each of the finalists the best of luck and thank all of the nonprofit groups from around the country that applied to participate.”
100 Cars for Good voting will begin May 14 and continue through August 21. Each day, five organizations will be profiled on Toyota’s Facebook page at www.100carsforgood.com. Individuals will be able to vote once each day for the nonprofit they think is most deserving of a new car. The organization with the most votes at the end of the day will win the vehicle. The four runners-up each day will receive a $1,000 grant from Toyota.
Winning organizations can choose from the following vehicles: Camry Hybrid, Highlander SUV, Prius v hybrid, Sienna minivan, Sienna Mobility or Tundra full-sized pickup. A six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty will also be provided for each vehicle, compliments of Toyota Financial Services.
Toyota will be providing all 500 finalists with a digital video camera, training toolkit and free online advertising credits to support their 100 Cars for Good campaigns and to help them create or expand their presence in social media and other digital platforms. Each finalist will be asked to create a video showing how the organization plans to use a new vehicle to make an even bigger impact in the local community. The videos will be featured at www.100carsforgood.com.
Information from 100 Cars for Good press release