Bedazzling Future

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 3:53 PM

Denisha Moreland lives only 6 miles from her job. It takes 45 minutes for her to walk to work, and she has to wake up at 5:30 am to get there by 8:30 am.  Her commute will only take 2 minutes with her new car.

 Denisha is the mother of a 2-year old toddler and without a car, she was unable to get her daughter to daycare. Her mother was able to watch the toddler during the week, but this meant Denisha only got to see her daughter on weekends.

 With her car, Denisha will be able to buy all of the groceries that needs, instead of just the ones that can carry back to her house. She looks forward to spending more time with her daughter and being able to watch her grow. Daneisha is excited to bedazzle the inside of her car and enjoy the freedom that it will bring.

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A Ford Taurus Named Mrs. Green

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 7:21 PM

Cyndicy Yarborough is not the only one excited about her new car. Her four kids, 2 girls and 2 boys, ages two, four, five, and six, get to vote on the cars name. Cyndicy says she is leaning towards Mrs. Green as the name, because they have a pet turtle named Mr. Green. 

Before owning her car, her daily commute involved walking to a bus stop and taking her children to school, which took an hour and 20 minutes. With her Ford Taurus, her commute is now only 20 minutes.

Cyndicy feels much safer driving her children places. She also feels better knowing that she can get them to doctors appointments on time, and will be able to regularly pick up groceries for them. She plans on driving all of her kids to the waterpark as a treat. 

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A Bright Future

Thursday, August 25, 2016 8:59 PM

Crystal Toomer is a mother of 6 kids. Her youngest child is just 2 years old.She works hard to take care of them and maintain her job. Without a car it is very difficult for Crystal to get to work, the grocery store, and the doctors. She often has to pay for a cab, and with her large family that is expensive. Crystal recently enrolled in Warwick Community college, and she plans on furthering her education to benefit her family. 

With her new car, Crystal's commute will only take 10 minutes. She will also have time to take her kids to football practice, and classes at the local YMCA. Crystal looks forward to family vacation trips, and going out on date night.

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Hardworking and Selfless

Monday, August 22, 2016 4:53 PM

Luis Lugo is going to help out his family with his new car. Luis' nephew suffers from asthma and has to go the doctor's office frequently. With his car, Luis will take some of the strain off his family by driving his nephew to appointments. His father works long overnight hours and does not have his own car, which  causes him to depend on others.  Luis plans to be the shoulder his dad can lean on by shuttling him to and from work.

 As a full-time student at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, CT Luis works during the day at Carey Manufacturing and attends college at night in hopes of obtaining a degree in machining to better his life for himself and his family. 

 Thanks to Modern Mazda in Connecticut for partnering with us as part of Mazda's Drive to 100 initiative!

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Monday, August 15, 2016 8:21 PM

Mandy Rogers has had to rely on friends and co-workers for rides. She said there was "no guarantee that they were going to be on time," and this limited the places she was able to go. Mandy and her 15-year-old son have not always been able to  get to doctors appointments, get to the grocery store, or run everyday errands. 

All of that will change with Mandy's new car. She has a job offer in Columbia that will pay more than she currently makes. Her son will be able to stay after school for lacrosse and wrestling, and he will even be able to go to away games! They both look forward to visiting Mandy's father and other family members in West Virginia, a 2-hour-trip that they have not been able to make in a long time.

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Determined to Succeed

Monday, August 8, 2016 3:51 PM

Lyndon Rowland has the will and the determination that it takes to succeed. While working full-time as a customer service representative at State Farm Insurance, he’s taken the initiative to enroll himself at Manchester Community College for the fall semester. 

Lyndon’s fortitude is clearly an inheritance from his mother, who recently received her first degree and is now working towards a bachelor’s degree in social services. Although she was driving herself to school and work, she managed to find the time to help her son get where he needed to go, too. 28436369802_cf73b8f90f_o.jpg

A strong-willed mother and the help of Job Corps allowed Lyndon to gain more structure in his life and that structure is a major stepping stone towards higher education and more career opportunities. 

The other stepping stone is his new car. Car ownership allows Lyndon to have a greater sense of independence and self-reliance, and more...

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A Bubble of Hope

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 8:25 PM

Timmey Clark has never owned a vehicle. The New York transplant and her two-year-old daughter Amaya dedicate almost four hours daily to riding public transportation.

Timmey rides four buses to make it to her daughter’s daycare and continues on to work, traveling from Baltimore County to Park Heights, a trip that will only take 25 minutes in her Pontiac GT.

She smiles as she shares the journeys that she can’t wait to take. “Delaware,” Timmey says still smiling. She has a sister that lives there and says, “It would be nice to get the family together.”

She’s also made future plans for Amaya with hopes to put her in ballet classes once she is old enough. Until then, she’ll be sticking her “Baby on Board” placard in the window of 'Bubbles,' the Pontiac. 

“Today, just changed my whole life.”

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Paving it Forward

Monday, August 1, 2016 5:08 PM

In the past confidence is something that Oliver Tito struggled with. He had difficulty finding employment, and after almost two years his family discovered job corps. He enrolled in the manufacturing program and ever since he has become more confident. He is now a teacher’s aid to other students and helps teach basic machine operations.

 His lack of transportation and his need to rely on others to get to work caused Oliver to have issues arriving on time at his previous job.  With his new car, Oliver plans on helping other people get to school, searching for job opportunities outside of the Hartford area, and visiting family. Thanks to Mazda of Manchester for partnering with us for Mazda's Drive for Good, and Lisa Phillips for representing us!

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Three Cheers for Eboni

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:23 PM

Eboni Brown lives 45 minutes from her job at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, and previously carpooled every day from her home in Bowie, Maryland. 

As the mother of six children and grandmother of one grandson, Eboni is always busy. When her old car broke down she had to cut down a lot of activities. Her children play football, basketball, and participate on a cheer team. Taking them to out of town games and practice became very difficult.

With her award of a 2004 Mazda 6, Eboni looks forward to being able to watch her kids play sports and cheer. Her new car will also help reduce her commute to work. “I won’t have to carpool anymore, I can get to my appointments and I can do more things with my children,” Eboni said. 

Thank's to Passport Mazda for partnering with us as part of Mazda's Drive for Good program!

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Fully Re-charged

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 3:11 PM

Atum Dyson is excited for his new car and the job opportunities it will bring. With his car he will "make more money and be able to get to jobs in Frederick," says Atum.

Right now he wakes up at 6:30 in the morning for a 2-hour bus ride to work that involves carrying his heavy electrician equipment with him.

Atum looks forward to easily running errands and driving on a vacation trip to Ocean City.

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