FAMILIES IN TRANSITION TO RECEIVE NEW TOYOTA VEHICLE TO TRANSPORT HOMELESS CHILDREN AND ADULTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 21, 2011

For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – (603) 641-1143 ext. 322

Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program Names Families in Transition as Winning Organization

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition (FIT), a Manchester- and Concord-based homeless housing and services provider, is pleased to announce that it was recognized as a winner of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program and will receive a Toyota Sienna mini van to transport homeless children to and from FIT’s, homeless-informed preschool child care center, as well as offering transportation assistance to counseling sessions, educational workshops, and other services for FIT adult participants. The Toyota 100 Cars for Good program is awarding 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public.

Public voting began on May 9 and continues for 100 consecutive days. Each day, five organizations are profiled on Toyota’s Facebook page and voters may vote for the charity they feel is most deserving of the vehicle. A vehicle will be awarded each day through August 16 for a total of 100 vehicles. Voters may place one vote per day, each day, over the course of the program.

“The outpouring of support and interest in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program has been tremendous,” Michael Rouse, Toyota Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Affairs. “It is amazing to see how this program has brought individuals, organizations and communities together. We are equally excited to see Families in Transition utilize their new vehicle to do good in the community.”

Families in Transition was profiled on Toyota’s Facebook page on Wednesday, July 13, along with four other finalists who were in the running to receive a new vehicle. Based on support from the community and votes from the public, FIT was named the July 13th winner.

“We are incredibly grateful to the individuals, organizations, and businesses that publicly supported Families in Transition by voting and encouraging others to vote for us too. It truly took a community for us to win the van.” said Maureen Beauregard, FIT President. “Since access to affordable and reliable transportation is a major barrier to the homeless, this vehicle couldn’t have come at a better time. We will now be able to better coordinate transportation of our participants to the places that they need to go in order to obtain the services that they need to become self sufficient.”

The Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program enables 100 organizations to receive a Toyota vehicle to make a greater impact on the community. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed more than $500 million to non-profit organizations, and has always been guided by a strong belief in serving the communities where it does business. If you’d like to learn more, please visit http://www.toyota.com/about/philanthropy/.

Families in Transition is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH which serve as an economic engine to help pay for services they provide. For more information about FIT, OutFITters Thrift Stores, and FIT’s participation in 100 Cars for Good, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

About Toyota
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.

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