Redmond-based St. Vincent de Paul announced Thursday that it has been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days.
St. Vincent de Paul was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.
Each day, beginning May 14, 100 Cars for Good will profile five finalists at www.100carsforgood.com. Individual members of the public will be able to vote for which ever nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle. The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day will win one of six Toyota models. Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.
Redmond’s St. Vincent de Paul will be up for consideration on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
“Everyone at Redmond St. Vincent de Paul is thrilled to have been selected as a finalist for the 2012 100 Cars for Good program,” said Cameo Chambers, Director of Social Services. “We’re grateful for this incredible opportunity to showcase our mission of helping those who reach out to us, as well as those who need the help but are not able to reach out.
"Winning a car will help us increase our impact in Redmond. We hope everyone will help us spread the word now and, of course, will make time to visit www.100carsforgood.com on August 15, 2012 to vote for us. A new vehicle would really be a game changer for our ability to reach the poor in our community.”
“At Toyota, we appreciate what a significant impact a new car can have for nonprofits nationwide,” noted Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “Toyota has donated more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits across the U.S. over the past 20 years, and 100 Cars for Good allows us to expand that commitment to local communities in important new ways. The 500 finalists are an extraordinary group, and we look forward to the public learning more about them.”
100 Cars for Good is the first initiative to directly engage the public to determine how Toyota’s philanthropic donations are awarded.
For more information on St. Vincent de Paul and its efforts to win one of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good, please visit the Redmond Conference’s website at www.stvincentdepaulredmond.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stvincdentdepaulredmond. For complete information on 100 Cars for Good and profiles of all 500 finalists, please visit www.100carsforgood.com.
Local residents are encouraged to support St. Vincent de Paul and their quest for a new Toyota Highlander. If St. Vincent de Paul receives the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, it will be used to reach homebound people in our community with food and other resources.
A six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty will also be provided for each vehicle, compliments of Toyota Financial Services.
About Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Redmond Conference
St. Vincent de Paul of Redmond, Oregon is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. St Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless.
For more information about Redmond’s St. Vincent de Paul, please visit www.stvincentdepaulredmond.com
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants in eight states. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design facilities. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals more than $23 billion.
Toyota is deeply committed to being a great community partner and is focused on supporting programs in ways that achieve long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, with a particular concentration on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs across the U.S.
For more information on Toyota, please visit www.toyota.com.
About Toyota Financial Services (TFS)
TFS is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota and Lexus in the U.S., offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust and extended service contracts and other payment protection products through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). TFS employs 3,300 associates nationwide, and has managed assets totaling more than $91 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation.