Friday, April 20, 2012

Family Friendly Earth Day Volunteer Opps Abound With TogetherGreen & Audubon This Weekend

Corporate Responsibility

When I was a little girl my mom and dad routinely took us kids on family road trips to appreciate all the beauty in nature.  Thanks to my parents' love of the outdoors and living things and especially of National Parks, I grew up with a particularly strong sensitivity toward preserving the environment for future generations to enjoy. It's a passion I hope to be successful passing on to my children who will then be inspired to continue the tradition with their own kids one day.

My Mom w/ us kids in New Hampshire--I'm in middle, 1964 Vintage Photo

Toyota is one consumer company steward of the environment that I really admire. A clear front runner in social responsibility in the corporate community -- both on national and local scales -- on eco awareness initiatives such as their involvement with Wyland Water Foundation. As in years past, the company is indeed going full-force this weekend with a variety of activities and sponsorships to celebrate, educate and bring about more awareness to Earth Day.

Another project they're currently involved -- with activities planned for Earth Day 2012 weekend -- with that I'd like to share with readers -- this one since 2008 -- is TogetherGreen, which is a partnership between the car maker and the National Audubon Society that has been fueled by a $20 million grant from Toyota.

The multi-year TogetherGreen project has three goals
  • To provide innovation grants for conservation and environmental causes
  • To train future environmental leaders
  • To organize and implement volunteer and community service opportunities that have a positive ecological impact
    My hubbie & sons volunteer to plant this urban school garden in L.A.
Here are just a few Together Green events on the calendar for this weekend on the East Coast in the New York area.

Saturday, April 21

8:30 am - 1 pm
Audubon Center & Sanctuary, Jamestown, NY
 10 am - 1 pm

10 am - 2 pm
New York City Audubon Together Green Volunteer Day, Plumb Beach, Brooklyn

10 am - 4 pm
Kaler's Pond Earth Day, Kaler's Pond Audubon Center, Moriches, NY

Visit for more information and for ways to get involved in your local area. There are a variety of free and fun family and kid friendly volunteer eco events nationwide to make the Earth a better place for us all to live not only this weekend but year-round.

In related TogetherGreen news, Toyota just announced a new green initiative offering a free Spring Cleaning Facebook app.

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 information visit

About Audubon
In its second century, Audubon connects people with birds, nature and the environment that supports us all. They have national network of community-based nature centers and a variety of programs reaching millions of people and inspiring conservation action to protect and restore the natural world. Visit Audubon at    

About Toyota
Toyota established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 people here in the U.S. and its investment in America is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is a committed 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 over half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs in the U.S.   For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide visit

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