Trees, Water & People One of 500 Finalists for Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program

100 Cars For Good LogoWe are excited to announce that we have been selected as one of 500 nonprofit finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days.  Trees, Water & People was selected as a finalist from more than 4,000 applications nationwide.

Each day, beginning May 14, 2012, 100 Cars for Good will profile five finalists at   Individual members of the public will be able to vote for which ever nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle.  The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day will win one of six Toyota models.  Runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.

Trees, Water & People’s voting day is on May 27th, 2012. Mark your calendars and cast a vote for us! 

“At Toyota, we appreciate what a significant impact a new car can have for nonprofits nationwide,” noted Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.  “Toyota has donated more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits across the U.S. over the past 20 years, and 100 Cars for Good allows us to expand that commitment to local communities in important new ways.  The 500 finalists are an extraordinary group, and we look forward to the public learning more about them.”

100 Cars for Good is the first initiative to directly engage the public to determine how Toyota’s philanthropic donations are awarded.

For complete information on 100 Cars for Good and profiles of all 500 finalists, please visit

If TWP receives the most votes on May 27th and is awarded a new vehicle, it will be used by our Tribal Renewable Energy Program to safely transport all the materials needed to install our solar air heating systems on the homes of Native American families. Currently, the vehicles we own are very old and often times unreliable. A new Toyota would be a huge help with our efforts to bring sustainable, clean energy to Tribal families!

Native American “Solar Technician 1” trainees work with Henry Red Cloud (green vest), TWP’s Tribal Program partner, to install a solar air heater on a families home at the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota as part of our green job training program.

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Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to developing sustainable community-based conservation solutions.

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