Car Alleviates Asthma Stress

Monday, June 27, 2016 2:54 PM

Erica Jordan is a hardworking and motivated mother of a 7-year-old son. Because of her son’s asthma, which can worsen due to the stress of heavy and long traveling, he is away at a boarding school for the time being.

With a car, Erica will finally have reliable transportation, and will be able to visit her son more frequently.

On an average commute, getting to work takes Erica about two hours on public transportation. With a car, the commute averages to about 30 minutes.

“A car will help me tremendously. My mom and brother always tell me I need to get a car because I work at night and they’re worried, and now I’ll finally have one,” she says. Erica has just shared the happy news with her son, and he is incredibly excited. With her new car, Erica plans to drive her son to New York for his birthday.

Thanks to John Kennedy Mazda- Conshohoken we are one car closer to 100!

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No waiting, No asking

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 2:31 PM

Tamara Miller, a grandmother of 5, starts her day by dropping off her youngest grandchild at daycare. She takes the rest of her grandkids to her daughter’s house, before finally heading into work. Without a car that means paying a taxi for each stop she makes, which quickly becomes expensive.

"It's frustrating not being able to just get in a car and do what you need to do," said Tamara.

She looks forward to the freedom of owning a car, "no waiting, no asking," and plans to drive to the beach over the summer.

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Ford Fusion Puts Mom on the Road

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 7:11 PM

Charmaine Simms is a motivated mother who envisions great opportunities for her family. The only thing that stopped her was not having reliable transportation, which put a strain on both her and her one-year-old daughter.

Looking for places for her daughter to go to school was difficult, since most schools seemed too far without a car. Taking her daughter to her doctor’s appointments was also a huge inconvenience. “It’s hard to take my daughter to the doctor at Children’s Hospital and having to bring a stroller onto the bus, and also trying to figure out the bus routes to DC,” Charmaine says.

Public transportation and its erratic schedules caused her commute to work to be more than one hour. With a car, Charmaine’s commute to work could be cut down to 20 minutes. She’ll also be able to take her daughter to the doctor without the stresses of public transportation.

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Grateful Man Goes Back to School

Monday, May 23, 2016 5:17 PM

James Yates cannot wait to help the people with his car.

James works at a shelter and plans to use his car to help clients with important errands like trips to the doctor and picking prescriptions. He also wants to reach back into his own community to assist those that have supported him in the past.

Education and family are near and dear to James’ heart. He looks forward to returning to school and being an awesome uncle now that he can get to Washington, D.C. with ease.

“Everybody has a story. It’s important to be thankful,” James says.  He feels good about being able to pay it forward.

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Yazmyne Names the Family Car

Friday, May 13, 2016 4:07 PM

Patrina Ravenell walks 90 minutes to take her five-year-old and two-year-old daughters to day care and get to work every morning. “I’ve walked in all sorts of weather and I can’t carry them both,” she says about her daily commute. With a car, Patrina’s trip would only be 10 minutes.

She’s never had a problem getting to work on time, but driving allows Patrina to be more energized and focused on the job. She describes the situation as stressful and is glad to know that she’ll have more security for her children.  

Patrina’s favorite color is pink and her bubbly personality reflects that choice. She looks forward to taking lots of family trips and even hopes to plan a trip to South Carolina.

“My daughter Yazmyne says we should name the car Rosetta. Rosie for short.”

Thanks to Mazda's Drive for good, we're that much closer to getting 100 families into 100 cars!

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A Young Dad Makes Major Moves

Thursday, May 5, 2016 5:05 PM

Hayder Khaliq works 12 hours a day as a cook and has to travel at least two hours to get to and from his job.

“I can’t wait to see my son more,” he says excitedly about being able to visit his girlfriend and 6-month-old son.  He’s envisioning a fun-filled summer with trips to the park, aquarium and to Ocean City, MD.

Hayder also wants to move forward with his education. He was considering G.E.D. classes in Arundel Mills, but he was unable to travel the distance to make the classes. He wants to be a good example for his son.

Growing up in Pakistan, Hayder had a horse named Naina. Thanks to #MazdaDrive4Good, his Mazda Tribute will bear the same name because he’ll be able to “ride around freely.”

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Making Baseball Dreams Come True

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:11 PM

Latisha Curtis leaves her home at night and takes three buses to get to her night job. With her car, the 90 minutes commute can be cut down to a 20 minutes drive. She’s looking forward to her night travels being safer and much less unnerving.

Thanks to our partnership with #MazdaDrive4Good program, she will be able to indulge in her seven-year-old son’s new found interest in baseball. Latisha hesitated to include Cory in sports and other after-school activities because most activities aren’t very accessible without a car. Now, she can even consider a trip to Chuck E. Cheese.

If Latisha could drive anywhere, she’d take a trip back to her hometown of Oklahoma. She hasn’t visited in 13 years.

“It’s definitely going to be a boy. Maybe Billy,” she says when asked about naming her car.

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Nurturing New Additions

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:09 PM

Denise will be naming her car “H&N” after her the twins girls she recently received custody of, Heaven and Nevaeh.

On an average day, it takes Denise 30 minutes to get the three-month-olds to daycare and another 20 minutes to get herself to work. During the 3 years that she hasn’t had a car, she often gets rides from a girlfriend or pays for a cab to get around.

She’s excited to gain back her independence, but cares more about nurturing her new additions. “It’s really for the kids. I’ve done my share of living. Now, it’s about them,” says Denise.

The place she’s looking forward to driving to the most is home.

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Angel Drives Towards Her Future

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 6:20 PM

Angel Brent is an energetic, young mom that has a vision for her future. She works full-time as a restaurant server while attending school part-time, studying hospitality management, and taking care of her one-year-old son Austyn.

Angel makes a two-hour commute in the mornings: riding the Metro from Landover, getting off to take her son to daycare and getting back on to finally arrive at work in Arlington, Virginia. Schedules can be unpredictable as a server, so she often misses the last train home and has to get a ride. “After a long day at work, the last thing you want to think about is riding the Metro.” Owning a car means that her commute is cut down to about 30 minutes. Angel will also have an easier time getting her son to medical appointments to help improve his asthma.

What Angel looks forward to most is spending time with her family, moving forward with her education and...

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Patience and Determination Puts Nicole on the Road

Friday, March 18, 2016 4:11 AM

Nicole Woodward endured a 45 minute bus commute to work each day. She also struggled to transport her two young children, ages 7 and 6, to school and day care. Nicole works at a foster care facility but did not have enough money saved to buy a car for her commute.

In February 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Nicole a 2005 Buick Century. Vehicle ownership allows Nicole to take her children to school and drive herself to and from work with ease.

Nicole was awarded her car at a local Belle Tire where the vehicle was made road ready. A Belle Tire customer in the Flint area donated the 2005 Buick Century to Vehicles for Change after learning about the program. “Having a car changes my life in an amazing way. I am blessed and want to say thank you.”

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