Everett, WA – July 14, 2012 – Housing Hope, a local nonprofit, has been chosen to be a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good competition. Housing Hope will be competing for votes against four other nonprofits through Facebook today, to win a brand new Toyota Tundra.
“We are very excited to be involved in this competition,” says Executive Director of Housing Hope, Ed Petersen. “We are asking for everyone to take the time to vote on Saturday in support of Housing Hope.”
Toyota is awarding vehicles to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days based on votes from the public. Each day, the public votes through Facebook for one of five nonprofits that they think can do the most good with a new vehicle. Each of the daily winners receives a new Toyota.
Local finalist Housing Hope offers emergency and transitional shelter, permanent low-income housing and home ownership opportunities to homeless and low-income residents of Snohomish County. In addition, Housing Hope also has an Employment Training program through which residents can gain the experience and training they need to help them earn a living wage. This helps break the cycle of poverty and homelessness and puts them on a path toward self sufficiency.
GroundWorks Landscaping, the first employment program, was created in January 2011 and already provides landscaping services at 19 locations. Currently they are limited in the amount of employees they can hold in their vehicle. A new Toyota Tundra would allow the company to expand, offering more residents a chance towards self sufficiency.
“Winning the truck means another step toward achieving the mission of the agency: ending homelessness,” says Petersen.
Visit www.housinghope.org/toyota.html for more information about the competition and how to vote on Saturday.