Scott County Humane Society wins a Toyota vehicle
By Nancy RoydenGeorgetown News-GraphicThanks to Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good project, the Scott County Humane Society will have a brand-new van to transport animals, conduct adoption events and deliver pet food.“Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program is a Facebook-enabled philanthropy initiative whereby Toyota will give away 100 cars in 100 days to 100 eligible nonprofit charitable organizations,” according to Toyota.Each day, five nonprofit organizations have been profiled on the Facebook page,100carsforgood.com, and people could vote for their favorite group. Preliminary final results show the SCHS led the groups with 62 percent of the vote, said Julia Meister-Musgrave, development specialist for SCHS.“It’s a victory in so many ways and it just shows what can happen when everyone rallies toward something,” she said. “We’re so appreciative of all the volunteers who supported us.”When people join together for a common cause, no matter how far away they are from one another, they can win big, Meister-Musgrave said.“We were supported by other animal welfare groups, not just around and in Scott County, but throughout the country. We had so much support,” she said.The winners are pending final verification and execution of prize acceptance forms, according to official rules.For the second year in a row, a Scott County nonprofit organization has won a vehicle through the program. Quest Farm won a Toyota Highlander SUV.During the 100 Cars for Good event, Facebook users are able to vote once daily for the nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle. The organization with the most votes at the end of the day will win a new vehicle. The four runners-up each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.In an informational section about SCHS on 100carsforgood.com, the SCHS explained in detail how the new vehicle will be helpful.“It will be just as valuable to us as each of our volunteers is. Our programs require reliable transportation: shuffling dogs and cats to adoption events; taking foster animals to the vet; picking up and delivering donated pet food; helping residents without transportation bring their pets to the vet; and other “missions” we are needed for. A new Toyota will help to save lives from euthanasia by furthering our foster and adoption, spay/neuter and education programs. It will provide reliable transportation for animals, supplies and our volunteers to be a key player in our mission to save and better pets’ lives,” according to the statement.Meister-Musgrave said the organization would most benefit by choosing a Sienna van from the different types of vehicles nonprofits can select.“Thank you everyone for supporting Scott County Humane Society, sharing posts, encouraging friends, family and coworkers, putting up flyers, writing on your cars...everything you did helped us to end the evening ahead in the voting,” she wrote on Facebook. “Together we proved we could change lives and make a difference for pets’ sake. So thank you, with all our hearts, from all of us at Scott County Humane Society.”Jennifer Vest, a volunteer at SCHS, said she is excited the group is a winner.“Winning this Toyota Sienna will be a great benefit not only to the staff and volunteers at SCHS, but also for all the great animals within our organization. No longer will we have to find a vehicle to make food bank or vet runs,” she said.Jim Lentz, president and chief executive officer of Toyota Motor Sales, said Toyota has donated large sums of money throughout the years to benefit groups in the United States.“At Toyota, we appreciate what a big difference a new car or truck can make for organizations working to improve lives and strengthen communities across America,” Lentz said. “Over the past 20 years, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits throughout the U.S. 100 Cars for Good allows us to build on that commitment in new ways, putting the public in the ‘driver’s seat’ as we work to help community organizations make an even bigger impact.”Meister-Musgrave said she is not certain yet when SCHS will receive the new van, but it may be this autumn.