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Community Care in the running for a free Toyota

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Bangor nonprofit needs Facebook users' support to win

BANGOR - A Bangor nonprofit is among 500 finalists competing for a free vehicle from Toyota this summer. Community Care, an agency that provides support and care for children, families and adults suffering from mental illness, trauma and/or poverty, will be among five different agencies in the running for Toyota's 100 Cars for Good campaign on Thursday, Aug. 9. It's a contest where Toyota agrees to give away 100 cars to 100 different nonprofits over 100 days.

"We provide treatment foster care, case management and in home clinical treatments for the whole family. A lot of our clients live in the most rural part of Piscataquis, Penobscot and Aroostook County and don't have transportation so we go to them," explained Kate Davis, executive director for Community Care.

She said her staff uses their own vehicles to provide these much needed services to Community Care clients. And if an employee's vehicle is in the shop or broken down, it's the clients who suffer.

"We have no vehicles," said Davis. "The main reason we'd be using [a new vehicle, if we won] is in our foster treatment programs. We have a lot of teenagers who don't have the opportunity to practice for their license. Our teens need and want the same experiences as other teenagers and this [new car] would allow them to get the driving hours that they need."

From 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, the public is urged to log onto and vote for Community Care.

"All our competitors are agencies in California, Florida, Ohio and Montana. We don't have any New England competitors on that day, which is great because we didn't want to compete with someone else that needs a car in our area," explained Davis.

The nonprofit with the most votes at the end of each day wins one of six different Toyota models, while the runners up will each receive a $1,000 cash grant.

"We're grateful for this incredible opportunity. A new vehicle would really be a game changer for our ability to help foster teens have the opportunity to learn to drive as well as our ability to provide

consistent services and support to Maine families," said Davis.

For more information, including a profile of all the nonprofits competing in the challenge, log onto


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