In March, Toyota announced a new philanthropic program, 100 Cars for Good. The program will give away 100 cars in 100 days to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations. After a nomination period, 500 finalists were chosen and now it is up to the public to choose the winners.

The public voting round began on Monday, when Toyota featured the first five finalists on the company’s official Facebook page. Each day through Aug. 16, 2011, five nonprofits will be featured. At the end of each voting day, the nonprofit with the most votes will be awarded a new Toyota vehicle.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to shine a light on the outstanding work carried out by each of the 500 finalists,” said Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “The positive impact of these organizations in their respective communities is immeasurable. We encourage the public to learn more about these great nonprofits and actively participate by casting a vote. We wish all of the finalists the best of luck.” Source: Toyota

Today’s finalists are:

  • Owensboro Area Shelter & Information Services of Owensboro, Ky.
  • St. Mary’s Center of Louisville, Ky.
  • Eastern Oregon Center for Independent Living or EOCIL of Oregon
  • L.A. Works of Los Angeles
  • Community League of the Heights of New York, N.Y.
Learn more about each of these organizations and cast your vote on the 100 Cars for Good Facebook page. Don’t forget to keep coming back between now and Aug. 16 to help Toyota determine the 100 nonprofits that will receive one of the following Toyota models: Prius, Tacoma, Tundra, Highlander Hybrid, Sienna or Sienna Mobility. Each of these vehicles also comes with a six-year, 100,000-mile extended warranty.

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