Another Big Win in Alabama from Toyota.
Toyota USA announced on July 26th that Pelham-based SafeHouse of Shelby County, Alabama is one of 100 non-profit organizations across the country to win a Toyota through the company’s 100 Cars for Good competition.
Through Toyota 100 Cars for Good, 5,000 non-profit organizations submitted applications to Toyota in early May. The list was then narrowed to 1,000 organizations, and then the top 500.
Each day beginning May 9, Toyota selected five organizations at random and featured them on the day’s online ballot. Voters then cast their ballots for the day’s featured organizations, and the organization with the most votes at the end of the day won their choice of a Toyota vehicle.
SafeHouse was featured on the July 22 ballot, and earned more votes than the other four competing organizations.
Kathy Wells, the organization’s executive director, conveyed ecstatic excitement on behalf of the Safehouse upon learning the news from Toyota.
As a result of winning the competition, SafeHouse soon will have a new Toyota Sienna van, which Ms. Wells says is very much needed.
SafeHouse in Pelham, Alabama provides shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and provides many services for those affected by the crimes. SafeHouse employees often transport children staying at the shelter to school, and transport adults to doctors appointments, courthouses and other destinations.
Of the 500 organizations participating in the program, only nine were from Alabama. So far, SafeHouse is the only Alabama organization to win.