San Antonio-based organization, SAMMinistries, is one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public beginning May 9, 2011.
Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five non-profit organizations each day for 100 days on Toyota’s Facebook page, facebook.com/toyota. Visitors to the page can vote once a day for the organization that they feel is most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle. SAMMinistries will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.
“A new truck would help a lot. Last year, we moved 144 families from the shelter into their own residences. Many of our program graduates don't have family in San Antonio and can't afford movers, so they rely on SAMMinistries to help them get into their new places. We also pick up supplies and donations around the city...so another truck would really increase what we can get to people in need. This one truck would affect countless lives by giving the homeless a fresh start on that first day of the rest of their lives,” says Navarra Williams, president and CEO of SAMMinistries.
Williams stresses that SAMMinistries supporters should sign up for a reminder notification on the finalist tab at facebook.com/Toyota.
SAMMinistries, an interfaith ministry dedicated to helping the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, was launched in 1983. The ministry is ready to assist over 1200 individuals including more than 300 children every day of the year with emergency services, transitional and supportive housing, as well as an after-care program.
SAMMinistries is a leading agency in homeless prevention and in fiscal 2010 over 3,600 individuals representing over 1200 families were assisted with rent and utility assistance and avoided becoming homeless.
In fiscal 2010, the agency cared for more than 4,000 individuals and provided more than 258,673 bed nights of shelter and services to the area’s homeless.
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants, including one under construction. Toyota directly employs nearly 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 more than $500 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.
For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/community.