SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS July 19, 2011 – San Antonio nonprofit organization SAMMinistries will be competing for votes on Facebook tomorrow, July 20, as one of 500 finalists in Toyota’s “100 Cars for Good” program. Toyota is awarding 100 vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations in 100 days, based on votes from the public.
Five non-profit organizations from around the country will compete each day for one of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good 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 competing Wednesday, July 20, 2011, for votes to win a brand new Toyota Tundra truck.
“This one truck would affect countless lives by giving the homeless a fresh start on the first day of the rest of their lives, said Navarra Williams, president and CEO of SAMMinistries.
Last year, SAMMinistries moved 144 families from the shelter into their own residences. Many of those moving from SAMMinistries’ homeless Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing programs have no family in San Antonio and can't afford movers, so they rely on SAMMinistries to help them get into their new homes, Williams noted. The organization also picks up supplies and donations around the city.
“Another truck would really increase our ability to serve people in need,” Williams added.
SAMMinistries, an interfaith ministry dedicated to serving the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless, was launched in 1983. The ministry assists over 1,200 individuals, including more than 300 children, every day of the year with Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, and Homeless Prevention programs.
SAMMinistries provided 258,673 bed nights of shelter and services to over 4,000 homeless individuals last year. The agency’s Homeless Prevention program provided rent and utility assistance to over 1,200 at-risk families representing 3,600 individuals.
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.