I’m not super big into fundraisers.
And by not big, I mean when The Dudes come home from school with those go-beg-your-friends-neighbors-and-relatives-to-buy-crap-from-you-they-don’t-need-or-want-until-they-hate-you-and-wish-you’d-just-ask-them-for-straight-up-cash-next-time pamphlets I pretty much just throw them in the garbage can.
I don’t think our school particularly needs more money, and when they do, I just give it to them.
No need to turn myself or my children into cookie dough pimps.
I feel similarly about contests that require my vote.
I don’t care how much I love you. I don’t care if you came outta my womb. I’m probably not going to vote for you (unless you email me directly and ask me at which point I will totally vote for you because one, you’ve made me feel special, like you really care if I vote even if you don’t, and two, you’ve made me feel guilty, an emotion I try to avoid at all costs). Because I don’t want to.
Not because I don’t want you to win; that point is inconsequential. Just because I don’t like doing it (which is why you never see me asking you to vote for me for stuff I get tricked, bullied, bribed, or talked into entering).
Every now and then though, a good cause will come along that will get me to help someone raise money, and vote without brow beating solicitation just because I think they’ve earned it.
Because they are being THAT good.
Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program is one of those things.
This program is awesome because they give 100 non profit organizations something they need: transportation to make their cause come to life.
Wheels to drive their cause. A vehicle to make a move with.
I can go on with these witty sayings for days; y’all know how I am.
But, point is, this program is awesome because they give something to an organization that would take thousands of boxes of bunk cookies to accomplish.
And all it takes is an application (submitted by March 26th via the 100 Cars for Good Facebook page). Followed by power of the people (in the form of votes of course).
So if you are a part of an organization or know of an organization that could use a free freakin’ car to do work with, then you should enter. Or tell them to enter. Or heck, contact them and tell them you’ll help them enter (and then spread the word so they can win!), as a gift, which would seriously up your awesome in their book I’m sure (everyone knows that one of the main things all nonprofs need right after cash and free cars is dedicated manpower).
Your blog/Facebook page/Twitter handle/phone/voice can really make a difference. And, if you’ve ever used any of those things to, say, get someone to come out and fix your washing machine, then you sorta owe to the world to use them for good stuff too, right?!
The awesomest part is that ANY organization can win. As long as you have a need for a car and you meet their super official participation rules your organization can be making it happen in a sweet new Toyota by this time next year!
Want to learn more?
Watch this video and try not to cry.
I dare you.
Although maybe it’s not even sad?! I’m an emotional wasteland inside this week. I cried during the Justin Timberlake video marathon I watched last night (which, if you have weekly sweet dreams about JT like I do, is actually totally understandable) just because he’s that amazing.
Kinda like 100 Cars for Good…
*I learned details about the Toyota 100 Cars for Good Campaign as part of my affiliation with TWIN (Toyota Women’s Influencer Network), although you could just Google it and pretty much wind up with the same info.