BEAVERTON, Ore., Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Beaverton Toyota today presented a Sienna Mobility Van to Edwards Center, Inc. – a local nonprofit organization that is dedicated to giving people with disabilities the support they need to live and work in non-institutionalized settings – as part of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days, based on votes from the public. 100 Cars for Good is the first Toyota initiative that engages the public to determine how corporate philanthropic donations will be awarded.
During the voting phase, which began May 14, 2012, the 100 Cars for Good program profiles five finalists at www.100carsforgood.com. Individual members of the public are able to vote for which nonprofit they believe can do the most good with a new vehicle. The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day wins one of six Toyota models. Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.
"Beaverton Toyota has been proud to be a part of the Beaverton community for nearly 40 years," said Russ Humberston Jr., General Manager & Dealer of Beverton Toyota. "Throughout that time, we've supported the community in many ways, and we are delighted to be a part of the 100 Cars for Good program, and applaud the incredible work that the Edwards Center provides to our community."
Founded in 1972, the Edwards Center is one of the nation's first non-profit organizations dedicated to the independence and dignity of people with autism, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, epilepsy and other debilitating conditions. The unwavering mission of Edwards is to give people with disabilities the chance to live and work as most other Americans do—in non-institutionalized settings.
"At Toyota, we appreciate what a significant impact a new car can have for nonprofits in their work," noted Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "All 100 of the winners of the 100 Cars for Good program are providing extraordinary and much-needed services, and we thank Beaverton Toyota for their role in delivering the Edwards Center vehicle to them to help with their important work."
A six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty will also be provided for each vehicle, compliments of Toyota Financial Services. To learn more about the 100 Cars for Good program, please visit www.100carsforgood.com.
About Edwards Center, Inc.
Dr. Jean Edwards, along with several families of children shut out of the public school system because of their disabilities, founded Edwards Center in 1972. At its inception, Edwards Center served just six adults who were not allowed to attend public school in Washington and Clackamas Counties. Today, we provide homes, jobs and activities to enhance the lives of more than 300 individuals.
About Beaverton Toyota Scion Company
Beaverton Toyota Scion Company servers Beaverton, Portland, OR and Wilsonville and Vancouver, WA. At Beaverton Toyota Scion Company, we take the time to get to know each and every driver we meet. We get to know your driving style, needs, desires and maintenance habits and find the car the best' for you.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 30,000 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.
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 over half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs in the U.S.
For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.
About Toyota Financial Services
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.
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