I am a TWIN!

by Elena on May 29, 2012 in Clever Girls,Giving Back,Toyota Womens Influencer Network

I have always wanted to be a twin. Being able to share secrets, play tricks on family, friends,  and teachers. Which of course, never happened. But…as I approach my 38th birthday this summer, I am thrilled to finally be a twin. As in a member of the Toyota Women’s Influencer Network aka…TWIN.

We have two cars in my garage. One is a Toyota. A Prius. Because in addition to Rocket’s engineering and academic intelligence, he was also smart enough to hop on the superb gas mileage Prius bandwagon in 2008. Not only does it beat my car’s gas mileage to a pulp, but it is roomy, comfortable, and also is technologically savvy enough to help him from getting lost each and every time he drives somewhere new with its GPS.

As a TWIN, I will have the opportunity to visit Toyota headquarters in Torrance California in a few weeks to learn about the company, its philosophy of Kaizen (continuous improvement), and drive some of the newest cars (I am super duper excited to try the Prius V).

One of the things that excited me the most about Toyota is the 100 Cars for Good campaign.

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This national philanthropic campaign,  in its second year, is providing 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 100 days.  It is simple really:

Each day for 100 days, online voters will choose which of five nonprofits will take home a new set of wheels. The organization who receives the most votes at the end of the day takes home a brand new Toyota.

Voting takes place each day.  The organization with the most votes at the end of the day will win a new vehicle. The four runners-up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota. Which of course means that everyone wins.

Five nonprofit organizations will be profiled each day. Registered Facebook users will be able to vote once daily for the nonprofit they think can do the most good with a new vehicle.

Some of the organizations that I am excited to vote for in the coming weeks are:

May 30th: Kristie’s Foundation in Anaheim California.  Kristie’s Foundation focuses on Children’s End-of-life care and support.
June 5th: Amazement Square in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Amazement Square is dedicated to motivating children & adults of all backgrounds & abilities through hands-on learning.
June 16th: House of Possibilities in North Easton, Massachusetts. House of Possibilities goal is to provide support to families having children, youth, and adults living with developmental challenges.
As I learn more about Toyota as a company and its cars, I will share. Because that is of course, what a TWIN does.
Ciao Mom
Disclosure:  I was selected for participation in the TWIN community through a program with Clever Girls Collective. I did not receive any compensation for writing this post, or payment in exchange for participating. The opinions expressed herein are mine, and do not reflect the views of the Toyota.

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Lisa Frame May 29, 2012 at 7:59 am

So excited to have you on board, Elena!

Holly May 29, 2012 at 10:26 am

I am so envious and excited for you and this fabulous philanthropic campaign. You rock.

Lizz May 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm

So excited about working with you as a fellow TWIN, and I feel the same way about the 100 Cars for Good campaign… such a fantastic idea!
See you next week!!!! #Squee

ConnieFoggles May 29, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Big, huge congratulations! Sounds like an amazing opportunity. I love companies that take social responsibility to heart. Can’t wait to read more about what you’re up to.

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