The American Red Cross of Southwestern Indiana is one of 250 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public beginning Oct. 1, 2013.
Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five nonprofit organizations each day for 50 days at Facebook.com/Toyota. Visitors to the page will receive two votes each day to select two separate winning organizations they feel are most deserving of new Toyota vehicles. The Red Cross of Southwestern Indiana will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on Thursday, October 10.
Local residents are encouraged to support the American Red Cross in the quest for a new Toyota Tundra. If the Red Cross receives the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, the organization will use it to meet the needs of clients in disaster services as well as military service divisions. The vehicle would be used to transport both staff and volunteer workforce members along with materials to places of need after a disaster. Items to be moved could include food or clean up materials. This vehicle would also allow the Red Cross to move shelter and other disaster supply trailers into areas after a disaster. Other uses during times of non-disaster would be for the transport of workforce staff and volunteers to meetings, educational presentations in our communities and for the movement of staff and volunteers to work at community events and blood drives.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.
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.
For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.