Thousands Gear Up To Protect The Environment During Nationwide Togethergreen Volunteer Days

Published: Apr 8, 2010
New York, NY - 
Local residents seeking to roll up their sleeves and make a difference for the environment this Earth Day (April 22) can find the ideal opportunity at a TogetherGreen volunteer site nearby.

Dozens of Audubon sites nationwide will host TogetherGreen Volunteer Days in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day providing thousands of Americans with opportunities to take local conservation action. Volunteer Days are a centerpiece of the TogetherGreen (www.togethergreen.org) conservation alliance between Audubon and Toyota.

This series of Volunteer Days – part of more than 200 taking place annually – will occur in select cities across the country throughout April. Activities include habitat and trail restoration, river and lake clean-ups, invasive species removal, nest-box building, wildlife and plant surveys, and more.

"By connecting communities across America with the power to protect the resources that sustain us all, TogetherGreen Volunteer Days are building an ongoing continuing cycle of positive environmental impact," said Audubon President Frank Gill. "TogetherGreen volunteer offerings engage people of all ages, from every community and from all walks of life in forming a powerful and diverse constituency for conservation."

For a complete list of participating Audubon sites, please visit www.togethergreen.org/volunteer

TogetherGreen Volunteer Days are designed to connect people with opportunities to make a conservation difference in their local communities. In only 18 months, nearly 14,000 volunteers have participated in volunteer events nationwide, contributing more than 66,000 hours to conservation projects. By building stronger alliances with other national and local organizations, Audubon hopes to attract new and diverse volunteers to help address pressing environmental problems and opportunities.

In addition, hundreds of Toyota employees and their families from across the country have participated in TogetherGreen volunteer events. Many more are expected to join continuing efforts throughout this five-year initiative.

"These events have been a wonderful opportunity for our employees to make a difference for the environment," said Pat Pineda, group vice president of Toyota Motor North America. "Our alliance with Audubon provides our employees, as well as so many others across the country, with the tools and information to bring conservation into their daily lives." 

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About TogetherGreen
Audubon and Toyota launched the five-year TogetherGreen initiative in 2008 to build the promise of a greener, healthier future through innovation, leadership and volunteerism. For more information, visit www.togethergreen.org.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 9 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 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 more than $493 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.

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

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The National Audubon Society saves birds and their habitats throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon's state programs, nature centers, chapters and partners have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. Since 1905, Audubon's vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Audubon is a nonprofit conservation organization. Learn more at www.audubon.org and @audubonsociety.

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