The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky Named Finalist in Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program
Toyota to Donate Vehicles to Local Nonprofit Organizations Based on Public Votes
Lexington, Kentucky | October 08, 2013
The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky is one of 250 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. On October 1st, the company began awarding vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public.
Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five nonprofit organizations each day for 50 days at Facebook.com/Toyota. Visitors to the page will receive two votes each day to select two separate winning organizations they feel are most deserving of new Toyota vehicles. The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on October 31, 2013.
“We hope our supporters will mark their calendars to vote for us on October 31st,” said Terry Cook, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky’s State Director.
The 100 Cars For Good program wraps up on November 19th.
“We own 12 vehicles which are utilized for activities ranging from on-the-ground conservation work to membership cultivation trips and prescribed fire work around the Commonwealth,” added Cook. “Whether trekking through the mountains on the eastern side of the state or forging through swamps around the Mississippi river, our staff logs lots of mileage and the vehicles endure significant wear and tear at costs we’d rather dedicate towards advancing our mission.”
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 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 nearly $700 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.
The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky pursues a mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since opening its doors in Kentucky in 1975, The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky has protected more than 46,000 acres of diverse habitat throughout the state, including more than 8,000 acres by direct ownership and 6,500 acres by conservation easements. During this time, we have also helped to conserve more than 100,000 acres of additional lands and waters throughout the Commonwealth in partnership with corporations, government agencies, conservation organizations and private landowners, partnerships made possible by support of a loyal and dedicated membership.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.