Nineteen Kentucky nonprofits among finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good, voting May 14
Nineteen nonprofit organizations across Kentucky are among the 500 finalists in 100 Cars for Good, a national philanthropic program in which Toyota will give 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 Kentucky include:
• Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Lexington: A health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, operating ten hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies.
• The Center for Courageous Kids, Scottsville: Offers summer camp and weekend retreats free of charge for children battling illnesses and their families.
• Chrysalis House, Lexington: An adoption and foster family agency helping local families with domestic and international adoptions.
• Clark County Community Services, Winchester: Helps families in crisis by providing food, clothing, shelter and utility assistance while encouraging them toward self-sufficiency.
• Franklin County Humane Society, Frankfort: Promotes humane treatment of animals and works to reduce pet overpopulation through adoption, education, sheltering and spay/neuter programs.
• Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council, Lexington: Builds courage, confidence, and character in girls through outdoor adventures, donating food to the hungry and volunteering.
• God’s Pantry Food Bank, Lexington: For 56 years, God’s Pantry has been collecting and distributing donated food to agencies across central and eastern Kentucky.
• Heritage Hospice, Inc., Danville: Provides compassionate care for patients and families during the journey through life-limiting illness.
• Kentucky Future Farmers of America (FFA) Foundation, Frankfort: Aims to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
• Kentucky Horse Park Foundation, Lexington: Home to over 130 horses representing more than 40 breeds, this is a living museum that allows visitors to interact with horses and honor their history, art and sport.
• Kentucky Educational Television (KET), Lexington: Educates, inspires, informs, and connects the community through the power of public media, delivering PBS national programming plus a wide range of local programming, basic skills and workplace education, and college credit courses.
• LifeLine Ministries of Northern Kentucky, Elsmere: A volunteer-run operation offering groceries, clothing, furniture & bedding, baby-related items, household items and fresh produce to local families and individuals in need.
• Northern Kentucky Amputee Support Inc., California: Provides support and resources for amputees, including chairlifts for vehicles, ramps for homes, and transportation to and from doctors’ appointments.
• Open Door of Hope Kentucky, Shelbyville: A faith-based homeless shelter that provides hot meals, showers, transportation and employment assistance.
• Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, Lexington: Raises funds to support the health care professionals of Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East.
• Sanctuary, Inc., Hopkinsville: Offers preventative and restorative services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, including crisis intervention, peer support, victim advocacy, and community education.
• Scott County Humane Society, Georgetown: Provides abused, neglected and/or abandoned animals with food, water, medical care and companionship, and finds them a responsible owner.
• Seedleaf, Lexington: Installs community gardens, encourages community-wide composting, provides hands-on garden education programs, offers cooking demonstrations, and distributes healthy food to people at risk of hunger in central Kentucky.
• Upside Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Louisville: Provides pediatric physical therapy using Hippotherapy, or treatment aided by a horse.
A complete list of finalists is available at 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 Kentucky,” 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 Kentucky. 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.
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.
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