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SOMERSET An online blitz to garner support for Operation UNITE has paid off, as the organization was named one of the winners of Toyotas 100 Cars for Good initiative.
Operation UNITE will receive a new Toyota vehicle after beating out four other non-profit organizations during an online vote on Sunday, June 26.
This is exciting news, said Karen Kelly, director for UNITE. We had hundreds of people spread the word about the competition encouraging their friends and family to vote. Ive even heard about individuals going table-to-table at restaurants asking patrons to support UNITE. Its truly amazing.
UNITE was matched up against the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor, Cincinnati Ballet Company, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and SPCA Cincinnati.
The voting was really close throughout the day, Kelly noted. Im so thankful that we had so many supporters who were willing to take part of their Sunday and select UNITE as the organization most deserving of the vehicle.
UNITE will use the new vehicle to support several initiatives, including taking children without transportation to youth programs offered throughout the year.
Transportation is a critical issue for many families throughout rural southern and eastern Kentucky, Kelly noted. We dont want any child to miss out on any activity. The new vehicle will enable UNITE to better meet this need.
UNITEs staff will also use the car when meeting one-on-one with individuals who have received assistance through the treatment voucher program, who are seeking help for an addiction, or needing transportation to a treatment program, and the car will also be used to provide assistance to communities affected by natural disasters or in times of crisis.
The outpouring of support and interest in the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program has been tremendous, said Michael Rouse, Toyota vice president of philanthropy and community affairs. It is amazing to see how this program has brought individuals, organizations and communities together.
We are equally excited to see Operation UNITE utilize their new vehicle to do good in the community.
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