Jewish Senior Services wins new Toyota in national contest

Jewish Senior Services is the winner of a new Toyota Sienna Mobility van after a nationwide contest of online voting in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program on Oct. 23.

“We are so thrilled and appreciative of the outpouring of support from both our local community and from communities nationwide,” said Andrew H. Banoff, Jewish Senior Services president and chief executive officer. “It is tremendous to have people recognize the importance of supporting our seniors in all situations.”

The new wheelchair accessible van will be used by the organization’s Center for Elder Abuse Prevention to help victims and to champion safer communities for older adults. The center opened in 2007 as the first of its kind in Connecticut and only the second in the nation. It remains one of the few shelters in the country specifically for seniors who have been abused or are at imminent risk of abuse.

Toyota is awarding vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations as part of its 100 Cars for Good philanthropic program. Jewish Senior Services was one of only two organizations in Connecticut selected as a finalist after submitting an application explaining how a new vehicle would support its mission.

Each day for 50 days, the contest features five nonprofit organizations at Online visitors receive two votes each day to select two organizations they believe are most deserving of a new Toyota vehicle.

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