Offering Hope to Abused Women: Esperanza! A Woman's Hope Named Winner in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good Program

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Toyota Donates Vehicle to Metro Atlanta Non-Profit Based on Public Votes

During this season of Thanksgiving, Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope expresses gratitude to Toyota for making this exceptional program available, and especially to those who cast their votes to make a dream a reality!

Metro Atlanta area organization, Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope has been named a winner in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which awards new vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public from Oct. 1 – Nov. 19, 2013.

Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program showcases five nonprofit organizations each day for 50 days at http://www.100carsforgood.com. Visitors to the page may cast up to two votes per day for different organizations to select the organizations they feel are most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle.

Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope has received the most votes and has been named a winner of a new Prius, which will be used in connection with activities to provide hope to abused women through building the Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope Scholarship Fund, in addition to advancing community partnerships, increasing public awareness, and expanding outreach programs to survivors moving forward with their lives.

Over the past two years of the program, Toyota has provided 200 nonprofits with new vehicles to support their work in the areas of disabled services, youth and educational programs, environmental services, veteran services, housing and disaster relief, among many others. For more information, visit http://www.100carsforgood.com.

About Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope
A 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope http://www.esperanza-awomanshope.org was established by its founder in response to the impact of domestic violence on her life while married and attending college. This organization seeks to serve and give back to women who have experienced battering and abuse.

Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope helps survivors of domestic violence by providing scholarships in the form of tuition funding assistance for job skills upgrade. “Better paying jobs in healthy career tracks demonstrating a positive economic outlook not only financially empower survivors but enrich the lives of their children. This contributes to safer, stabile neighborhoods for all concerned,” comments Phyllis Walker, the organization’s founder, whose life was impacted by domestic violence as a young married college student during the 1970s. “Many women return to their abusive environments as a result of anxiety generated by financial stress and economic need. When they have to rely on minimum-waged jobs for support, they can’t pay for quality child-care services or meet many basic needs that most of us take for granted. They make a decision to chance it, but once a battered woman returns to her abuser, the violence begins in a vicious new cycle. Women can become disabled and handicapped, or even lose their lives as a result. At Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope, we want to build our scholarship fund so that we can help more survivors while offering additional programs to empower women to step forward, lead and thrive!”

“The word, Esperanza! means Hope! This word conveys the very heart, the soul, and the
inner voice of Hope that every abused woman carries within her spirit! At Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope, our goal is to celebrate the journey toward success! When survivors move forward, they sparkle and soar! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J61T2T5DpzA

An Expression of Gratitude: During this November season of Thanksgiving, Esperanza! A Woman’s Hope wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to Toyota for making this exceptional program available and especially to those who cast their votes during Toyota’s 100 Cars For Good. Toyota’s program and YOUR votes transformed a dream into a reality!”

How to Keep Helping in Simple Ways: Invite us to speak and share courageous stories of inspiration with your group and at events. Connect with us on Face Book where we’re creating community at http://www.facebook.com/EsperanzaAWomansHope. Visit our web site’s Gift Shop and Donate Page at http://www.esperanza-awomanshope.org. Join in our mission to Make A Difference Now!

For more information on Esperanza! A Woman's Hope visit http://www.esperanza-awomanshope.org

About Toyota.
Toyota established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed nearly $700 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.

For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.

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