A Fairfield-based shelter for abused elderly people will compete in an online race to win a new, handicap-accessible van.

And if you'd like to help, rev up your computer mouse.

On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Jewish Senior Services' Center for Elder Abuse Prevention will compete in online voting against four other nonprofits from around the country in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program.

The automaker selected 250 nonprofts as finalists and is giving away two vehicles each day for 50 days. The program began Oct. 1 and continues through Nov. 19, with five nonprofits competing each day.

The top two vote getters each day can choose among a variety of Toyota vehicles.

The Fairfield program operates a shelter for elderly of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds who have been abused or are at risk of abuse.

According to the contest's Facebook page, Jewish Senior Services on Oct. 23 will compete against a Phoenix organization that provides housing for veterans; a Honolulu after-school art program; a Kansas City, Mo. program that promotes farm safety for children; and a Burlington, N.C. organization that provides jobs programs and housing assistance to the needy.

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HOW TO VOTE
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23
Voting hours: 10 a.m. to midnight (EDT).
Site: www.carsforgood.com/app_live/

Online voting that day is from 10 a.m. to midnight EDT, and the top-two vote getters will be awarded vehicles. Jewish Senior Services has selected a Toyota Sienna minivan, which would be outfitted to be handicap accessible.

Of 250 national finalists, according to the Facebook site, only one other is from Connecticut: Mystic-based Beech Brook Farm Equine Rescue, which rescues neglected and abused horses. It will compete on Nov. 10 for a Toyota pick up truck.

In a news release, Jewish Senior Services said its elder-abuse shelter is the only one of its type in Connecticut and one of only two in the nation.

The van would be used to transport clients to and from medical appointments, court appointments to obtain protective orders, and counseling sessions. It also would make trips to trips to pharmacies, grocery stores, banks -- and sometimes to safe houses, the organization said.

When not in use by the elder-abuse center, the vehicle would be used by the organization's adult day are and home care programs, Jewish Senior Services said.

HOW TO VOTE

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 23

Voting hours: 10 a.m. to midnight (EDT).

Site: www.carsforgood.com/app_live/