AVON — Andy Mohr Toyota hosted a special presentation for the 100 Cars For Good Program. The Toyota contest awarded 100 cars to non-profit organizations nationwide. The Avon dealership was able to present a brand new Toyota Sienna to The Arc of Greater Boone County.
This program is in its third year and was started by Toyota to get them more involved with non-profits on a local level.
The Arc of Greater Boone County is an organization that offers opportunities for people with disabilities much like Sycamore Services in Danville. The organization does job training. It was incorporated in the 1970s.
“We serve Boone County and the north west part of Marion County,” said former executive director Brent Cardin. “Our main office is in Lebanon and we have a satellite office in Zionsville. Our main focus is to employ people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. We are tickled to death about this donation. It will be plated this week and we will put it to good use.”
Marcia Clutter, community relations director for The Arc, applied to be a part of the contest.
“We were first chosen as one of 250 finalists,” Clutter said. “Then people voted on like sized agencies through Facebook. Our voting was done on Nov. 19 (2013).”
She said The Arc received the 100th car in the 100 Car For Good program.
“They had 50 consecutive days of voting,” she said. “Each day two cars were given away. They told us which day our voting would be then gave us $250 for Facebook advertising to help us.”
Clutter said it was a huge boost to the organization’s social media.
“Before our organization struggled to get above 150 likes on Facebook,” she said. “By the end, when all the voting was over, we had well over 700 people like our page.
“We had a high school teacher in Lebanon let her kids take out their phones for five minutes to take part in voting. It was neat. They got to learn about us and other non-profits. They had to vote for two groups so they had profiles they had to read and decide who they were going to vote for.”