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Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Celebrate  Fifth Anniversary of Tree Campus USA

Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota Celebrate Fifth Anniversary of Tree Campus USA

October 30, 2013
Nebraska City, Neb. (Oct. 30, 2013) – Today, Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota celebrate five years of the Tree Campus USA® program. Nearly 200 distinguished leading universities have been honored with the Tree Campus USA designation, and the number of schools applying to be included continues to expand. ... more

Twenty-Two Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Receive Toyota Hybrid Vehicles

October 28, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2013) – Twenty-two select Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) schools will continue their commitment to sustainability with a one-year lease of a Toyota Prius liftback or Prius Plug-in vehicle. Each school will receive a vehicle in conjunction with the 2013-14 Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) tour, an environmental stewardship program designed to empower the African American community. The tour travels to participating HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) each fall to educate students and alumni on the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle.... more

Toyota and Discovery Education Are Calling All Teen Filmmakers

October 21, 2013
Silver Spring, MD (Oct. 21, 2013) – Do you think you know a teen who could be the next Spielberg, Scorsese, or Soderbergh? Then steer them to the 2014 Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge, which invites burgeoning filmmakers and YouTubers to create original videos to inspire their peers to be safer drivers for the chance to win $15,000. In conjunction with the fourth year of this annual competition, partners Toyota and Discovery Education also launched an all-new sweepstakes for high schools and a new web site at In total, the companies are offering more than $100,000 in prizes for students and schools.... more

Toyota and Lexus Go Hollywood

October 17, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2013 – What do Matt Damon, Portlandia, Toyota and Lexus have in common?  More than you’d think. On Saturday, October 19, they’ll come together to celebrate the entertainment industry’s environmental efforts at the 23rd annual Environmental Media Awards at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. ... more

50 Days of Voting Enables Countless Charitable Impacts

October 01, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2013) – Before Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, staff members at the Chino, Calif. nonprofit Together We Rise overheated their van multiple times when trying to deliver bicycles to foster kids. Thanks to a new Tundra pick-up truck, received through the 100 Cars for Good program, the organization can now deliver as many as 400 bikes per trip, towing them behind the truck in a 26-foot trailer.... more

Toyota Pitches in for Public Lands

September 25, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2013) – What is your favorite outdoor spot?  Most of us have a favorite trail, beach, garden or park.  These public spaces allow us opportunities for exercise, recreation, education or a simple connection with nature. Toyota wants to keep it that way.  ... more

Toyota Celebrates Top Latinos in Social Media

September 19, 2013
New York, N.Y., (Sept. 19, 2013) — Toyota will again reinforce its commitment to the Latino community by sponsoring the Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) 2013 Annual Conference, kicking off today in New York City. ... more

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Toyota Kick-Off Nationwide Pledge to Encourage Americans to Buckle Up For Life

September 17, 2013
NEW YORK, NY– September 17, 2013 – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, a national leader in pediatric medicine, and Toyota announced today the first annual National Buckle Up for Life Day - a nationwide movement dedicated to improving child passenger safety. In recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21, 2013), the partnership will launch “National Buckle Up for Life Day” revealing new research findings on child car seat safety, increased funding from Toyota for three newBuckle Up for Life partner cities, and a nationwide pledge encouraging the nation to Buckle Up for Life.... more

Toyota's 100 Cars For Good Program Names New Finalists

September 05, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 5, 2013) – When a homeless family receives low-income housing, they often need basic furniture and help carrying the few items they collected while in shelters. Last year, Family Promise of Grand Rapids helped move 30 families’ belongings and donated home goods using a new Tundra the organization won in 2012 through Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good philanthropic program. The Michigan-based organization helps homeless and at-risk families with children get back on their feet.... more

Toyota Financial Services Expands Student Scholarship Program to $1 Million

August 13, 2013
Torrance, Calif., August 13, 2013 – Toyota Financial Services (TFS) recognized today 100 high school students who overcame considerable hardships on their paths to college, presenting them with $1 million in scholarships. This is the first year in which TFS has expanded its Making Life Easier scholarship program to $1 million. The program provides scholarships to underserved students through Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as other TFS nonprofit partners.... more

Third Annual Toyota 100 Cars For Good Program Continues to Impact Nonprofits’ Work

July 15, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. (July 15, 2013) – For the third year in a row, Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good philanthropic program will invite the public to select another 100 worthy organizations nationwide that will receive a Toyota vehicle. Beginning July 22, registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can apply online at explaining how a new vehicle would support their work. Based on individuals’ votes, Toyota will give away two cars per day for 50 days to selected organizations.
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Toyota Donates $50,000 to Help Victims and Families Affected by Arizona Fire

July 10, 2013
NEW YORK (July 10, 2013) Toyota today announced a $50,000 donation, to be divided between the 100 Club of Arizona and the Yarnell (Ariz.) Community Center, to aid and support families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives and the families who lost their homes in the recent Arizona fire.... more

Toyota Partners with Tree of Life Clinic to Improve the Process of Providing Quality Free Health Care

July 09, 2013
TUPELO, Miss., July 9, 2013 – Mary Ware arrives at the Tree of Life Clinic in Tupelo at 6:40 a.m. to ensure she will have a place in line for treatment when the free medical clinic opens at 4:30 that afternoon.  Now, with the efficiencies instituted in the clinic – thanks to the partnership with Toyota – she can arrive later with assurance she will be seen that day.... more

Toyota Financial Services Awards New Toyota to Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year Winner

July 01, 2013
July 1, 2013 - Torrance, Calif.– In support of its Making Life Easier for YOUthinitiative, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) recently awarded a new Corolla to the 2011-12 Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) National Youth of the Year Winner Nick Foley.  The vehicle presentation took place at Sarah Heinz House Boys & Girls Club of Pittsburgh on June 11.  Foley, the first national winner to come from the Club, was joined by representatives from Toyota, the Pittsburgh community and Club teens at the event.  Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl sent a proclamation in recognition of Foley’s community efforts, which include logging more than 1,500 service hours.
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Toyota Increases Pledge to Food Bank For New York City to 1.25 Million Meals

June 21, 2013
New York, NY – June 21, 2013 – Toyota this afternoon announced a substantial increase in its pledge to Food Bank For New York City. Originally, Toyota planned to donate one meal for each video view of the short documentary about its work with Food Bank, up to 250,000 meals.  Toyota has increased the amount up to 1 million meals, due to the overwhelming response to the documentary.  This is in addition to the 250,000 meals Toyota has already donated to Food Bank.
The film, which can be viewed here, was produced by Supermarché, led by Rel Schulman and Henry Joost, creators of the feature films Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3 and 4. 

The short film chronicles how a team from Toyota collaborated with staff at Metro World Child, a mobile food distribution unit that distributes emergency food boxes to community members in the Far Rockaways, many of whom are still struggling to get back on their feet more than six months after Superstorm Sandy. Their shared goal was simple, but critical – enhance Metro World Child’s operations to help it deliver more food, more quickly, to more New Yorkers in need.  For more details, please click here.
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Toyota Donates Meals To New Yorkers in Need for Each Viewing of Online Film, Up to Half A Million Meals

June 21, 2013
New York, New York, June 21, 2013 – Today, Toyota announced it would donate up to half a million meals to Food Bank For New York City based on viewings of a short, online documentary about Meals Per Hour, a partnership to help residents in the Far Rockaways who were severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy.  Toyota already has donated 250,000 meals to the organization and for every view the documentary receives until July 19, it will donate another meal, up to an additional 250,000, to total 500,000 meals.  The documentary is available at
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Toyota Donates $250,000 to Oklahoma Tornado Relief Efforts

May 23, 2013
NEW YORK, May 23, 2013 – Toyota today announced a $250,000 donation to support relief and rebuilding efforts for victims of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma and the greater Oklahoma City area on May 20. ... more

Toyota Financial Services Awards New Toyota to Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Youth of the Year Winner

May 21, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif., May 21, 2013 – Toyota Financial Services (TFS), as part of its Making Life Easier for YOUth initiative, recently awarded a new Corolla to the 2012-13 Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BCGA) National Youth of the Year Winner Trei Dudley. ... more

Toyota and National Center for Family Literacy Launch $10 Million Initiative

May 13, 2013
Louisville, Ky. – May 13, 2013 – Toyota and the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) are launching Toyota Family Learning, a six-year initiative that will create a new model for literacy by expanding it beyond the walls of the classroom and into homes and communities.... more

Toyota Partners with EVSC to Improve Annual Collection of 14,000 Netbooks

May 10, 2013
EVANSVILLE, Ind., May 10, 2013 – Janit Market is pleased she can continue teaching her English classes at Central High School with only a brief interruption when student netbooks are collected this year.  She’s also confident that because collections are more efficient, the distribution of netbooks next school year will be much more successful – the goal being to deliver a computer to each student on time.... more

Toyota Awards Scholarships to 20 Asian Pacific Islander Students from Southern California

May 08, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. (May 8, 2013) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. awarded scholarships to 20 Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) students from the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines at its second annual awards dinner and reception at the Toyota Automotive Museum on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. ... more

Wyland Foundation and Toyota Announce Five Cities as National Mayor’s Challenge Winners

May 03, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. (May 3, 2013) – Five U.S. cities were honored today for residents’ commitment to water-saving choices as part of the second annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.... more

Toyota and Discovery Education Announce Corona High School Student Is Grand Prize Winner of 2013 Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge

May 02, 2013
Silver Spring, MD (May 2, 2013) – Toyota and Discovery Education today announced that Ryan Johnston, a high school student from Corona, California, was chosen by the public in an online vote as the grand prize winner of the 2013 Toyota Teen Driver Video Challenge. ... more

Long Beach Educator Named National Toyota Teacher of the Year

April 29, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (April 29, 2013) –The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and Toyota today announced that Carolyn Blocker, an educator from Long Beach, California with nearly 25 years of experience, received the 2013 Toyota Teacher of the Year award at the National Conference on Family Literacy on April 28 in Louisville, Kentucky.... more

New Drivers Gain Critical Defensive Driving Skills and Confidence Behind the Wheel from Toyota's Teen Safe Driving Program

April 09, 2013
TORRANCE, CALIF. (April 9, 2013) – Toyota continues to offer its free-of-charge safe driving skills program, Toyota Driving Expectations, and comprehensive online resources with the goal of reducing motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death among teens.... more

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