Nov 032014

A new cargo van is helping feed the hungry in Exeter, New Hampshire. The van, worth over $35,000, was donated to The Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry by the Exeter Area New Cars Dealers Association, which includes Hurlbert Toyota, a non-profit collaboration between car dealers in the area. The Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry is using the new van in order to deliver meals to members of the city who are in need.

“The new van will be used transport tons of supplies and food – about 135 tons” says Cleo Castonguay, Exeter’s Society of Saint Vincet de Paul’s president.

In 2012-2013, the nonprofit had donated over 269,700 pounds of food, with a value of $730,000. These food items went into making over 190,000 meals. For the 2014 year, $1 million dollars worth of food has already been distributed.

The van includes trunk doors that open all the way so they touch the sides of the vehicle, which eliminates excess space when trying to back the vehicle right up to a loading dock, a rear-view camera that allows the driver to maneuver in reverse safely, and a sunken floor that adds on an additional foot of space for cargo.

Aug 022013

Third annual Cars for Good Program to award100 vehicles to nonprofit organizations

100 Cars for Good Logo - ToyotaToyota and charity lovers across the United States will once again have the opportunity to choose which 100 nonprofits will receive a vehicle through the third annual 100 Cars for Good Program. Registration is now open for organizations in need of a new car.

“The 100 Cars for Good program elevates the positive impact nonprofits have on their communities,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “The program creates awareness by involving the public in the voting process, and the extra vehicle mobility helps to advance the goals of the selected organizations. This is a wonderful opportunity for Toyota to give back and demonstrate our commitment to communities across America.”

The program has benefitted organizations since 2011 with 200 cars going to nonprofits that use them for everything from transporting disabled adults to restoring homes that were flooded by Hurricane Sandy.

There are three key dates to remember for the 2013 Toyota 100 Cars for Good Program. From now until August 5, 2013, Toyota will select up to 2,500 charities. On August 19, 2013, Toyota will announce 250 finalists. Voting begins on October 1, 2013 on the company’s Facebook page and will continue for 50 consecutive days.

Nonprofits in the Epping, NH area can apply online at Good luck!