Toyota is launching a comprehensive, multi-phased partnership with the National Volunteer Transportation Center (NVTC) to improve accessibility and efficiency of transportation solutions for the elderly and disabled. The NVTC is an initiative of the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA). It seeks to promote and support more than 800 volunteer driver programs in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
According to Latondra Newton, Toyota Motor North America Group Vice President (Social Innovation), Toyota is focused on products and services that bring personal mobility to everyone, and everywhere; Partnering with volunteer organizations like NVTC allows Toyota to support increased mobility and access to resources for community members in need across the nation.
The first phase of the partnership involves a multi-year grant of $400,000 from Toyota to support NVTC/CTAA programs. Toyota also will donate two vehicles to volunteer driver programs. Furthermore, Toyota will offer a special fleet purchase program for the more than 4,000 CTAA member organizations and 145,000 individual non-emergency medical transportation providers.
NVTC unites volunteer transportation initiatives in the U.S. by gathering volunteer transportation program information, connecting communities, and sharing volunteer best practices and resources. The partnership is expected to evolve to include multiple Toyota divisions and partners, supporting volunteer drivers in new ways, facilitating connections, and creating new opportunities for both Toyota and NVTC.