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StreetWise as part of Toyota’s ‘100 Cars for Good’

Wed, May 16, 2012

StreetWise is proud and excited to announce that we have been selected as one of 500 finalists to participate in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program.

Tell your friends and vote for StreetWise at www.100carsforgood.com on June 10!

The voting period begins at 10:00 a.m. ET and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET [7:00 a.m. PT – 8:59:59 p.m. PT]. If you’re in Chicago, that means the voting period begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 10:59:59 p.m.

If you’re worried you’ll forget by then, simply click here and you can set a reminder for yourself.

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good is a major national philanthropy program in which the automaker is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days. The public will then be able to vote on which nonprofit they think is most deserving of a new vehicle via Facebook. The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of the voting day will receive one of six possible Toyota models. Voters can cast one vote per day, each day, over the course of the program.

You can also watch our 2-minute 100 Cars for Good video below and learn more about our mission and how a new Toyota would help strengthen our ability to serve the homeless and impoverished population of Chicago and help them achieve stability and employment.

We are hoping to win a new Sienna Mobility to help StreetWise:

1) Transport clients to social service, employment and medical appointments
2) Deliver magazines to disabled vendors
3) Deliver fresh produce to vendors participating in the Produce Vendor Program.

If our campaign efforts prove successful, StreetWise hopes to win a Sienna Mobility so that we can transport our disabled vendors to doctor appointments or wherever else they may need to go. This vehicle will also allow us to secure donations more frequently, because we will possess the capability to transport the goods ourselves.

Voting begins on May 14 and five finalists will be profiled each day for 100 consecutive days. The voting day that StreetWise has been given is June 10 and we hope all of you who read this will rally around our cause on that day and give us a vote of support. On June 10, simply visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/StreetWiseChicago and you will see our video and the link to place your vote right there in our latest feed.

StreetWise is incredibly thankful to Toyota for giving us the chance to be part of such a huge push to make change in the world and support the work of nonprofits everywhere. A new car can make a very big difference for organizations working to improve lives and strengthen communities across the country. Over the last 20 years, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits throughout the U.S. They stated, “100 Cars for Good allows us to build on that commitment in important new ways by making the public an integral part of these efforts and harnessing the power of social media to expand awareness and galvanize support for organizations that are having such a tremendous impact in neighborhoods nationwide.”

If you would like more information on the program and our participation in it, you can visit www.100carsforgood.com or contact our Executive Director Jim LoBianco at jlobianco@streetwise.org or 773-334-6600 (ext. 18). We are so grateful for our friends in the Chicago community for always standing behind us in our mission to help the impoverished. We hope you will give us a vote and support our mission to empower men and women to become self-sufficient and regain stability.

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