Two local organizations have beaten out hundreds of charities across the country for the chance to own a brand new Toyota vehicle through the Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program.
In an effort to salute do-gooders, Toyota announced this year that it would give away 100 cars over 100 days to nonprofits across the U.S. The winners were chosen via a voting contest on Facebook, and on Friday, Oct. 28, The Healing Place and the Louisville Zoo were awarded two of those 100 cars.
Toyota corporate representatives Mike Rebich of Toyota Motor Sales and Larry Weidman of Toyota Financial Services visited Toyota of Louisville, 6514 Dixie Highway, where The Healing Place was handed keys to a Toyota Sienna, while the Louisville Zoo took home a Toyota Highlander.
“(The Healing Place is) primarily a homeless shelter, but we also have the largest recovery program in the region,” said Karyn Hascal, vice president of mission advancement at The Healing Place. “We have about 500 men and women. This car will literally help our clients get around town, sometimes to work, service projects, and now moms will have transportation to take their children around town for different activities.”
As for the Louisville Zoo, the nonprofit hopes to utilize its new hybrid in order to educate students on conservation and wildlife.
“We’ll bring educators as well as animals in this vehicle to go and see the kids in the classrooms,” said Jill Kaplan, development director for the Louisville Zoo. “Its about a 45-minute curriculum where we teach kids about what’s going on in the world. We hope that if they connect to animals they’ll learn to care about science and they’ll do better in school and better in life as a result.”
For information on Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good contest, visit apps.facebook.com/carsforgood. For additional information on The Healing Place and the Louisville Zoo visit www.thehealingplace.org and www.louisvillezoo.org.
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