Toyota's 100 Cars for Good Program Names New Finalists

            Toyota's 100 Cars for Good Program Names New Finalists

Past Nonprofit Winners Share How New Vehicles Are Making a Difference in
Communities

PR Newswire

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 5, 2013

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --When a homeless family
receives low-income housing, they often need basic furniture and help carrying
the few items they collected while in shelters. Last year, Family Promise of
Grand Rapids helped move 30 families' belongings and donated home goods using
a new Tundra the organization won in 2012 through Toyota's 100 Cars for Good
philanthropic program. The Michigan-based organization helps homeless and
at-risk families with children get back on their feet.

"Before winning the Tundra, if we got a call with a furniture donation that
needed to be picked up within the week, we would not be able to accept it,
even if it was something our families really needed," said Cheryl Schuch,
executive director of Family Promise of Grand Rapids. "A couch, a kitchen
table and other items help make a house a home for the kids and families in
our program, and Toyota's 100 Cars for Good helped us better support these
individuals in need."

Now 250 new nonprofit organizations have been named finalists in the third
year of Toyota's 100 Cars for Good philanthropic program. Registered 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organizations from across the country submitted their stories and
how new vehicles would support their work. A complete list of finalists is
available at www.100carsforgood.com.

This year's finalists represent all 50 states and a range of nonprofit sectors
from disaster relief to animal welfare to education. Running Oct. 1 – Nov. 19,
five finalists per day will be eligible to win a new vehicle. Each day for 50
consecutive days, Toyota will announce the two winning organizations that
received the highest number of votes from the public at
www.100carsforgood.com.

Since 2011, 100 Cars for Good has given away 200 vehicles to organizations
doing good work around the country. This year, winners will be able to choose
from five vehicle models, including Toyota Highlander, Prius, Sienna, Sienna
Mobility or Tundra, which will also come with a six-year, 100,000-mile
powertrain warranty from Toyota Financial Services. Each day during voting,
three runners-up organizations will each receive a $1,000 grant to support
their work.

"The vehicles won through Toyota's 100 Cars for Good help move real people,
supplies and animals in ways that make our communities stronger and brighter,"
said Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community
affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. "This year's finalists represent
a wide range of geographies, missions and populations, and Toyota is pleased
to involve the public in selecting which of these projects resonate and
inspire the most to win a vehicle."

In Albuquerque, N.M., founder Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation, a 2012
program winner, packs their Prius v with educational materials, film
equipment, and even camping gear, to support the protection of local wildlife
through its community outreach programs. She and volunteers have driven more
than 12,000 miles since receiving the hybrid last October. The organization
currently is creating films and teaching tools about the threatened American
Bison, and Duerr travels between the animals' natural habitat and the many
classrooms and festivals where she shares their stories.

"The Prius v had the advantages of size and gas mileage and was the single
most important thing we needed for our work," Duerr said. "We now set a great
example of an environmental organization that walks its talk and reduces its
carbon footprint by driving a hybrid car while doing outreach work."

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 a full list of rules and to learn more about 100 Cars for
Good, visit www.100carsforgood.com.

About Toyota
Toyota, the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to
building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion
brands. Over the past 50 years, we've built more than 25 million cars and
trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly
employ nearly 40,000 people. Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more
than 2.3 million cars and trucks in 2012 – and about 80% of all Toyotas sold
over the past 20 years are still on the road today. (NYSE:TM) For more
information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com. 

Toyota partners with a wide variety of organizations across the country, with
a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment,
we share the company's extensive know-how from building great cars and trucks
to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to
do good. (NYSE:TM) For more information about Toyota, visit
www.toyotanewsroom.com. 

To date, Toyota has contributed more than $700 million to American nonprofit
groups. For more information about Toyota's contributions in the U.S., visit
www.toyotainaction.com.

About Toyota Financial Services (TFS)

Toyota Financial Services (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.

Media Contact: 
Rebecca Lee
GolinHarris for Toyota
213-438-8827
rlee@golinharris.com  

SOURCE Toyota

Website: http://www.toyota.com
Website: http://www.100carsforgood.com
Website: http://www.toyotanewsroom.com
Website: http://www.toyotainaction.com
 
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