Blog : 2016


Car for the Mechanic

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 6:16 PM

Robert Butler was a Full Circle Service Center intern for two months. He came to Full Circle with auto body experience, and was able to expand his automotive knowledge. With the help of Full Circle, he landed a job at Bel Air Auto Body where he works with another previous intern on automotive body work.

Robert lives 30 miles from his job at Bel Air Auto Body, and it is difficult getting there everyday without a car. Since Robert does not have transportation, his boss takes him to work and back. He has to leave whenever his boss does, which can mean leaving earlier or later than he wants to. A new car will give him the opportunity to work a second job to get more income.

Robert has to take Ubers four days out of the week to get groceries and run other errands. This can cost him at least $25 one way. Robert’s new car will make this much easier, and he will also be able to run errands for...

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Ready for Spare Time

Thursday, December 22, 2016 6:45 PM

Rashidah Hardie lives only five miles from her job, but it takes her two hours and three buses to get there. She is a single mother to a two-year-old son, who she has to take to daycare everyday. It is difficult riding the bus to work and daycare, and is extremely time consuming. She has to wake up at 5a.m. and walk 10 minutes to the bus stop, then walk 20 minutes to daycare after the bus. Waiting outside in the cold is also hard for her and her son.

Rashidah has difficulties taking her son places without a vehicle. She has to call a cab if she gets stuck at work since the buses stop running at six-o-clock. She has difficulty paying bills and groceries because it all adds up, especially transportation costs.

Rashidah plans to use her new car to take her son to Chuck-E-Cheese. She also wants to be able to help other people who may be in the same predicament she was in.

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More Time for Fun

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:15 PM

Brandi Jones lives a mile and a half from her work. Her friends or family members have to drive her everyday, or she takes a cab and pays $6 each way. Brandi is not able to take her one-year-old daughter and 4-month-old son out to do activities without transportation. Brandi says that she wants a more exciting life for her one-year-old, who is not able to go to play dates or to friend’s houses.

While Brandi is at work, her son’s father watches him and her grandmother watches her daughter. It costs Brandi $20 to get her son to his father’s house if she does not have a ride from a friend. She also has to pay to get to the grocery store and when she wants to run errands.

Brandi just wants to be able to have a day to take her kids out and not worry about having to bring the car back to her friends. She wants to take her daughter to the beach or other special places. Brandi plans on naming...

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Giving Back to Detroit

Monday, December 19, 2016 8:23 PM

Betsy Beltran, her husband and two teenage daughters live in Detroit and struggle to perform everyday tasks without a vehicle. Betsy works as a Parent Organizer for 14 Detroit Public Schools where she trains parent leaders to help the Southwest Detroit community. This job requires her to travel every day for meetings and training sessions. A family member outside of her home drops her off to work, but she needs her own car to perform her role and keep her job 

 Vehicle ownership will allow Betsy to continue her important role in the community and in the Detroit Public School system. “Every day my job allows me to change a parent’s life, which in turn improves my life,” says Betsy on the impact of having her own vehicle.

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Better Life for Small Family

Monday, December 12, 2016 5:54 PM

Tonya Squires lives less than 10 miles from her job, but waiting for a cab takes up to 45 minutes and is $9 each way. Tonya has a 17-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son who are not involved in activities because they have no way of getting there. Her kids have not been able to see the doctor or the dentist since the summer.

When Tonya needs groceries, she has to wait until her mom or sister is going. Tonya plans on using her new car to finally do errands herself. She also plans on visiting her sister, who is a traveling nurse. She is going to name her car and is thinking about purchasing seat covers, to keep the car nice and clean.

 

 

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On the Road to Independence

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 5:26 PM

Leontyne Price lives in the West side of Baltimore but works in Towson, and her commute to work takes 2 ½ to 3 hours every morning. She normally takes two buses but if she is late, she has to take three or four. If she misses the bus, she has to pay $20 to take an Uber or a Lyft.

Leontyne has six children she wants to spend more time with. Since she leaves at 6:30a.m. to get to work in the morning, she is not able to spend as much time with them as she would like. Her older boys play sports, but they miss practices sometimes because it is hard for Leontyne to get them there. Sometimes their coach has to give them rides, and occasionally they have to take an Uber or Lyft.

Leontyne’s new car will allow her to go to job interviews to get a better paying job. She will finally be able to go to Philadelphia to visit her brother. She says her car is a girl, since she has so many boys in her...

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Car Allows Mom to Pursue Degree

Monday, December 5, 2016 5:47 PM

Dia Word is a hardworking young mother of a three-year-old son, in pursuit of a dream. She struggled this past year to get herself to work and school, and on top of this also taking her son to school. Dia set a goal for herself to continue her education, but paying for school left her without the funds to buy a car.

In July 2016, Vehicles for Change awarded Dia with a car. She is now able to get to and from work easily, in addition to driving her son to school everyday. She will continue to pursue her dream by enrolling in nursing school. Her new car plus a degree in nursing will allow Dia to cruise toward her dream of financial freedom.

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Putting Her Children First

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 5:41 PM

Tia Heath takes three buses every morning to get to her job at Amazon in Dundalk. Because it is such a long commute, she has to wake up at 3a.m. just to get to work by 7a.m. It is especially hard for Tia waiting for the bus when the weather is bad.

Tia is a mother to five children. Her eight-year-old son has ADHD and mood disorder, so he has to see a therapist multiple times a month. It is difficult taking him to his appointments since she does not have reliable transportation. Her other son has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair, so it is difficult taking him on the bus.

Tia will use her car to have new experiences with her children. She plans to take them to Chuck E Cheese and the movies. She is also going to put her son with ADHD into a sport to better manage his condition. Tia is going to let her children decorate the car.

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Time for New Experiences

Monday, November 28, 2016 5:30 PM

Asia Pollock has to walk a mile to get to the bus everyday. If she misses the bus, she has to walk even further to catch another one. One time she had to walk from Johns Hopkins to Canton because she missed the bus, having to follow the bus route just in case a bus pulled up.

Asia is a mother to five children with ages ranging from 10-months-old to 13-years-old. It is difficult to get her older children places like the library without a car. She does not want to spend $4 a day on the bus if she does not have to, so they just stay home.

Asia’s new car will allow her to drive to Delaware to visit her kid’s godmother for Christmas. This will be their first time going to Delaware, and she looks forward to finding out where she can and cannot park her very own car. She plans on representing Baltimore by decorating her car with Ravens decorations. 

 

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Better Shifts, Equals Brighter Future

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 3:36 PM

Ebony Hagen is a 31-year-old mother of a 12-year-old daughter. Ebony works as a part time home healthcare aide, a job that requires her to transport her patients for medical appointments and errands. Without a car, Ebony had difficulty performing her job and her income suffered. Her employer told Ebony that she would receive more hours if she could secure reliable transportation.

In February 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Ebony a 1997 Mercury Sable.

Vehicle ownership allows Ebony to work more hours, perform all of the requirements of her job, and earn more income. “Having a car allows me to pick up more shifts at work to increase my income,” she says. Ebony is also able to take her daughter to a better school that to improve her education.

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A Bright and Promising Future

Monday, November 21, 2016 4:57 PM

Maurice Gaines’ normal commute to work takes more than an hour. He has to take the subway followed by the bus every morning and afternoon. This commute would only be 15 minutes with a car. He is currently enrolled in a carpentry trade school that strictly enforces their no late policy. During the days where buses are crowded, they do not let any more people ride the bus. When this happens, Maurice has to pay to get a ride to get to class so that he makes it on time.

With his new car, Maurice will be able to spend more time with his 12-year-old son. His lack of transportation affects how often he sees him now. Since Maurice’s son does not live with him, it is hard to get over to him often.

It is Maurice’s first time owning a car, and he will have a promising future because of it. He wants to take his son to Dave and Busters, the Science Center and the Inner Harbor. Maurice also wants to...

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Promising Future

Monday, November 21, 2016 4:57 PM

Maurice Gaines’ normal commute to work takes more than an hour. He has to take the subway followed by the bus every morning and afternoon. This commute would only be 15 minutes with a car. He is currently enrolled in a carpentry trade school that strictly enforces their no late policy. During the days where buses are crowded, they do not let any more people ride the bus. When this happens, Maurice has to pay to get a ride to get to class so that he makes it on time.

With his new car, Maurice will be able to spend more time with his 12-year-old son. His lack of transportation affects how often he sees him now. Since Maurice’s son does not live with him, it is hard to get over to him often.

It is Maurice’s first time owning a car, and he will have a promising future because of it. He wants to take his son to Dave and Busters, the Science Center and the Inner Harbor. Maurice also wants to...

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More Family Time for Dad

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 4:05 PM

Anthony Dillard is a 25-year-old father of four young children, ages 6, 5, 4, and 9 months. To provide steady income for his family, Anthony endured a long daily commute for work, taking him from Detroit to Shelby and back. His morning commute before owning a vehicle, involved catching three bus rides starting at 4:30am to make it to work on time. Anthony also relied on bus transportation for shopping and errands, a challenge with four young children in tow.

In October 2015, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, awarded Anthony a 2002 Saturn SL2. Owning a vehicle simplifies Anthony’s daily commute allowing him to spend more time with his young family. He also no longer has to worry about which grocery items he can carry with him on the bus.

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Hard Work and Perseverance

Monday, November 14, 2016 6:01 PM

Tyasia Reynolds lives less than 10 miles from her job. What should be a short commute takes Tyasia 1 hour and 40 minutes on public transportation. She has a 3-year-old son who has to go to daycare in the morning. Her mother helps Tyasia out by dropping him off and picking him up. 

Tyasia says that she cannot get anywhere without a car. One time, when her son was sick, it took her 2 hours just to pick him up. Tyasia has to wait until her mother is able to drive her places, or borrow her car when she is not using it. 

Her son loves Chuck-E-Cheese, and Tyasia will finally be able to take him there more often. She will take her son to kickboxing in May when he turns four. Tyasia says she is thankful for her new car so she can get from point A to point B, and is also thankful she and her family can do more activities together. She is going to name her car and wants to decorate the inside...

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Patience and Determination

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 4:59 PM

Nicole Woodward’s normal commute without a car took 45 minutes. She had to get on the bus at the west side of Detroit to get to the east side for work everyday. Nicole also used public transit to get her two young children, ages 7 and 6, to school as well as day care. She works at a foster care facility and has had difficulty saving up the money for a car.

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 easily take her children to school and drive herself to and from work every day. 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...

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More Time for Family

Monday, November 7, 2016 6:39 PM

Nia lives almost 50 miles away from her job as a personal care assistant. It takes more than an hour to get to work when she gets rides from friends, and even longer when she takes the bus.

Nia has a 4-year-old who she wants to spend more time with. A lot of her time is spent in training to becoming a certified nursing assistant, which influences the amount of free time she gets. Nia also spends a large amount of money on transportation to take her son to and from places.

Nia looks forward to not waking early in the morning to get to work. She can pick up more hours at work and spend more quality time with her son. She plans on taking him to an apple and pumpkin farm to take advantage of the fall season.

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Momentum for Entrepreneur

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 2:38 PM

Gloria Wade Stevens is a self-starter entrepreneur. She puts her heart and soul into her business, but without a vehicle she was very limited. Gloria was unable to deliver her product and advertise her business, which reduced her income.

In September 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Gloria a 2001 Honda Accord.

Gloria now has the means to build her business and become successful. She is grateful for the opportunity to gain financial freedom and independence. Gloria is also excited that she can now visit her granddaughter.

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Dream Big

Monday, October 31, 2016 3:22 PM

Aaronette Harris is working hard to reach her goals. She has two kids, ages 3 and 5. She works in the Rochester suburb, and lives in the city. Without a car Aaronette has to rely on public transportation, and her commute takes an hour and a half both ways.

Aaronette has aspirations to get her business degree and also to become a nurse. She is currently enrolled in a certificate program and once she finishes that she is heading back to get her associates in international business.

With her car she plans on spending more time her kids and taking them out on trips. Aaronette wants to eventually be able to pay the kindness forward by working as a nurse and helping others.

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Bus Driver Gets First Set of Wheels

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 3:22 PM

Vera Williams is a bus driver, transporting passengers more than 100 miles every day. Yet she didn’t have a vehicle of her own to get to work. She struggled to care for her three teenage children and had difficulty taking them where they needed to be.

The Detroit Michigan office of Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Vera a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer.

With her new vehicle, Vera is able to reduce her monthly transportation expenses and eliminate her transportation challenges. Her children are excited to have more freedom and Vera will finally be able to keep up with her kids’ busy schedules.

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Serving the Community

Monday, October 24, 2016 4:57 PM

Michelle Mitchell recently ended an unsafe relationship, which led her to lose her house and car. Her sister has been kind enough to lease a car for her and provide a house for her to stay in. In exchange, Michelle helps take care of her sister’s autistic son in addition to her own 3 children. With the car lease ending at the end of October, Michelle does not have enough money to continue it.

Working as a community habilitation coordinator, Michelle helps match up developmental disability specialists with their clients. Michelle only lives 3 miles from her work, but because she does house visits she would be unable to keep her job without a car.

Michelle looks forward to owning a vehicle, and the independence it will provide. Michelle's car award will lead her to helping the community, and her kids are excited to participate in after school activities again.

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Wright Direction

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:09 PM

Katina Wright lives only 5 miles away from her work, but without a car it takes her much longer to get there. She works as a caregiver and her employer has been nice enough to drive Katina to her client’s houses.

 She has been limited though, to only the clients that are close to her work. Katina has difficulty picking up her groceries without reliable transportation. Her friends and family members have been taking her 12-year-old daughter to school for her.

 Katina was excited to receive her vehicle. She plans on getting her certified nurses license and taking a trip to Ocean City. Her daughter will also be able to take dance classes.

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New Possibilities

Monday, October 17, 2016 5:08 PM

Wade Hawkins has the determination it takes to succeed. With his job 15 miles away, and his school 30 miles away, Wade’s daily commute is time consuming. Because there are no bus routes to work or to school, he has to rely on rides from friends or family members.

Wade is limited on the places he can meet with his two sons because he does not have a car. He also has trouble getting to doctor’s appointments and is unable to go to the library when he needs to study or do work for school.

When Wade had a car in the past, he and his sons would go to a video game go-kart place called Swadders about once a week. Wade plans on being able to do that again with his new car. He also plans on going back to school to gain better employment, and wants to study medical coding and billing. Wade is going to put pictures of his sons on the dashboard of his new car. 

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A Fresh Start

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:14 PM

Susan McLean lives 17 miles from her job. Without a car, Susan’s commute was impossible. She had to borrow a car from a family member to drive there. Because she couldn’t keep the car for long, the mother of three kids worried everyday about her job security.

Mazda Gallery of Norwood handed Susan keys to her 2007 Mazda 3 Sudan, and her life has changed for the better. She looks forward to taking her kids to after school activities, and imparting on them the importance of a good work ethic. She also plans to go hiking in the New Hampshire White Mountains and visiting museums with her kids. 

Thanks to Mazda Gallery of Norwood for partnering with us as part of Mazda's Drive to 100 initiative!

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New Beginnings

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 4:14 PM

Susan McLean lives 17 miles from her job. Without a car, Susan’s commute was impossible. She had to borrow a car from a family member to drive there. Because she couldn’t keep the car for long, the mother of three kids worried everyday about her job security.

Mazda Gallery of Norwood handed Susan keys to her 2007 Mazda 3 Sudan, and her life has changed for the better. She looks forward to taking her kids to after school activities, and imparting on them the importance of a good work ethic. She also plans to go hiking in the New Hampshire White Mountains and visiting museums with her kids. 

Thanks to Mazda Gallery of Norwood for partnering with us as part of Mazda's Drive to 100 initiative!

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Excited for Change

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:42 PM

Gary Jackson has to travel 13 minutes to his job everyday, which takes him up to an hour and 30 minutes on public transportation. With a car, his time will be cut in half.

Gary has two daughters and four granddaughters. Because of his lack of transportation, he is unable to give them a ride. Gary wishes he were more available in his grandchildren’s lives. He cannot run regular errands like go to Walmart or the Laundromat, and it is extremely difficult for him to carry groceries on the bus.

With his car, Gary will be able to go to the supermarket regularly, as well as go to work easily. He is excited to spend time with his grandkids and to take them to places such as the movies, aquarium, and science center.

Gary says he is blessed to have a vehicle and gives thanks to VFC!

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Ready for Change (2)

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:41 PM

Gary Jackson has to travel 13 minutes to his job everyday, which takes him up to an hour and 30 minutes on public transportation. With a car, his time will be cut in half.

Gary has two daughters and four granddaughters. Because of his lack of transportation, he is unable to give them a ride. Gary wishes he were more available in his grandchildren’s lives. He cannot run regular errands like go to Walmart or the Laundromat, and it is extremely difficult for him to carry groceries on the bus.

With his car, Gary will be able to go to the supermarket regularly, as well as go to work easily. He is excited to spend time with his grandkids and to take them to places such as the movies, aquarium, and science center.

Gary says he is blessed to have a vehicle and gives thanks to VFC!

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Ready for Change (1)

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:36 PM

Gary Jackson has to travel 13 minutes to his job everyday, which takes him up to an hour and 30 minutes on public transportation. With a car, his time will be cut in half.

Gary has two daughters and four granddaughters. Because of his lack of transportation, he is unable to give them a ride. Gary wishes he were more available in his grandchildren’s lives. He cannot run regular errands like go to Walmart or the Laundromat, and it is extremely difficult for him to carry groceries on the bus.

With his car, Gary will be able to go to the supermarket regularly, as well as go to work easily. He is excited to spend time with his grandkids and to take them to places such as the movies, aquarium, and science center.

Gary says he is blessed to have a vehicle and gives thanks to VFC!

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Ready for Change

Monday, October 10, 2016 5:36 PM

Gary Jackson has to travel 13 minutes to his job everyday, which takes him up to an hour and 30 minutes on public transportation. With a car, his time will be cut in half.

Gary has two daughters and four granddaughters. Because of his lack of transportation, he is unable to give them a ride. Gary wishes he were more available in his grandchildren’s lives. He cannot run regular errands like go to Walmart or the Laundromat, and it is extremely difficult for him to carry groceries on the bus.

With his car, Gary will be able to go to the supermarket regularly, as well as go to work easily. He is excited to spend time with his grandkids and to take them to places such as the movies, aquarium, and science center.

Gary says he is blessed to have a vehicle and gives thanks to VFC!

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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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Limitless

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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Safety from the Storm

Monday, July 18, 2016 4:42 PM

Charlena Montgomery is going to name her new car "Lightning," because "If it can get me safely out before the storm comes, I'll be fine," she said.

With three disabled children, Charlena's daily routine is complicated by therapy and doctors visits. "It's like trying to be in seven places at once." Her normal 3 hour work commute will be greatly reduced with her new car, which will allow her more time to spend with her children.

Charlena plans on making her new car her own by hanging up a keychain that has her children's birth bracelets on it, as well as her teacher ID. 

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July: Parks and Recreation Month (1)

Thursday, July 14, 2016 5:36 PM

Since 1985, America has dedicated July as national Parks and Recreation month. And what better way to celebrate than taking a day off and enjoying a few of Maryland’s 40 state parks! Whether your ideal day trip is taking the family our for a planned beach day at Sandy point or going on a spontaneous drive to explore the hiking trails of Cunningham Falls, there are adventures to be found and memories to be made. Whatever you choose . . . go explore, be active, and see what Maryland has to offer!

But nothing ruins a fun day in the sun like car troubles. So before you set out to take advantage of one of our beautiful park, you may want to consider a few things like: does your car need new oil, new tires, or a checkup? Even if your engine or oil light is not on, it’s a still a great idea to have your vehicle checked and serviced.

Master Mechanic, Wayne Farrar, is Full Circle Service...

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July: Parks and Recreation Month

Thursday, July 14, 2016 5:35 PM

Since 1985, America has dedicated July as national Parks and Recreation month. And what better way to celebrate than taking a day off and enjoying a few of Maryland’s 40 state parks! Whether your ideal day trip is taking the family our for a planned beach day at Sandy point or going on a spontaneous drive to explore the hiking trails of Cunningham Falls, there are adventures to be found and memories to be made. Whatever you choose . . . go explore, be active, and see what Maryland has to offer!

But nothing ruins a fun day in the sun like car troubles. So before you set out to take advantage of one of our beautiful park, you may want to consider a few things like: does your car need new oil, new tires, or a checkup? Even if your engine or oil light is not on, it’s a still a great idea to have your vehicle checked and serviced.

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Fresh Start with a Fresh Car

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 2:10 PM

Jamie Jacob will finally be able to visit her family members a few counties over, some she hasn’t seen in more than 6 years. 

A mother to 3, Jamie spends a lot of her effort walking her 4 -year-old daughter to daycare and trying to get rides to visit her 15-year-old son at his Dad’s house. 

She’s already put flower decals on the windows and a lei air freshener on her mirror. Jamie’s 8-year-old son looks forward to being able to join a recreational soccer league and cub scouts.

 

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A Better Future

Monday, July 11, 2016 2:52 PM

Ashley Butler was overjoyed to receive her car. As a single parent of three young children day-to-day tasks without a car were extremely difficult. Ashley.jpg 

Having to wait for public transportation in all kinds of weather with her infant, toddler, and young child put a heavy strain on Ashley. “I’m really happy I don’t have to drag my kids around in the heat or cold when I have errands to run and drop them off,” she says. 

Ashley recently was able to register for college courses and she secured employment as a hair stylist.  With her new car and her family’s best interest in mind, she is working towards a better future. 

Thanks Pacifico Mazda for partnering with us for Mazda’s Drive for Good!

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What Matters

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 1:42 PM

InDira Cue balances taking classes at Temple University, going to work, and taking care of her children. All of these things she does without a car. It has been difficult for InDira to get to places on time. It takes her over an hour just to get to work, and if she is late to pick up her kids at daycare there are late fees she has to pay.

Because InDira was having trouble getting her daughter to school due to transportation issues last year, her daughter had to be placed at a school closer to their home. It’s clear how much of an impact not having a car had on her family’s life.

With her new car, many opportunities will be opened for InDira. She will be able to drive her daughter to school, and have a shorter commute to work.  InDira looks forward to being able to focus on what matters. “I’ll be able to drive to my mother and grandmother who both live in North Philadelphia and help...

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Student Bypasses Job Roadblock

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 2:32 PM

Daniel Rivera is one of the top students in his class at Orleans Technical Institute. Not only is he an outstanding student but he is ambitious outside of school as well. He has been trying to fit a job into his busy schedule.

Daniel has missed opportunities for well-paying jobs because public transportation does not always take him where he needs to go.

With his award, Daniel will be able to get to his appointments on time, instead of relying on his friends to drive him. He will be able to secure a job, and says the car “will make him a better man, not only for himself but for his family as well.”

Thanks North Penn Mazda for helping us give Daniel his car!

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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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Mazda Helps With Embracing New Adventures

Monday, June 13, 2016 5:20 PM

 

 Johnathin Haman had been without a car for an extended period of time before being awarded a car through the Mazda Drive for Good program.

 Before owning his car he struggled to find a job and was limited to jobs that were relatively close by to his home. Due to the high cost of public transportation, going to work and going out to places was expensive for Johnathin.

 After being awarded his 2000 Acura TL, he is able to do activities that he was not able to do before. He plans on going out to eat, going to amusement parks, movies, sightseeing, and out of town traveling. “I plan on using my car to travel to see family in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, New York, and parts of Maryland,” he says.

 Thanks to the partnership of Mazda and Vehicles for Change, Johnathin can finally embrace his love for adventure by driving to Busch Gardens.

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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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A Young Dad Makes Major Changes

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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Car Means Better Shifts, More Income and Better Schooling

Friday, March 18, 2016 4:06 AM

Ebony Hagen is a mother to a 12-year-old daughter. She has been working part-time as a home healthcare aide, a job that requires her to transport her patients for medical appointments and errands. Her employer agreed to give her more hours if she could secure reliable transportation. This opportunity would provide Ebony with and increased income.

In February 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Ebony a 1997 Mercury Sable.

“Having a car allows me to pick up more shifts at work to increase my income,” she says. Ebony will also be able to take her daughter to a better school to improve her education. Vehicle ownership has been life changing for Ebony.

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Young Mother Secures Transportation and New Job

Friday, March 18, 2016 4:02 AM

Danielle is a 25-year-old mother to a young son. She secured a higher paying job but needed to rely on public transportation and friends for her daily commute. Her work hours were limited due to having unreliable transportation.

In January 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Matrix Human Services, awarded Danielle a 1997 Nissan Altima.

Vehicle ownership allows Danielle to get to and from work on time and allows her to pick up additional hours. Danielle is happy to have a higher paying job with more hours so she can better care for her son.

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Car Ownership Allows Mom to Make a Difference

Friday, March 18, 2016 3:58 AM

Moneak Canady, her husband and two children relied on public transportation to complete life’s daily tasks. Moneak works as a home healthcare aide where she takes her clients to doctor appointments. Moneak used her clients’ vehicles to take them to their appointments and run their errands because she did not have a car of her own.

In January 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Moneak a 2001 Saturn.

Vehicle ownership allows Moneak to get to and from work every day and to take her clients to their appointments. Now that Moneak has a car, she can take on additional clients and increase her household income. “This car is going to help my family reach one of our goals—to have a ministry to help those that are less fortunate,” says Moneak.

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Car Donation Makes Two Jobs and More Income a Reality

Friday, March 18, 2016 3:55 AM

Brandon Jackson relied on public transportation to get to and from work at his job in Detroit. Without a car, Brandon struggled to find better job opportunities with higher pay. He was limited to jobs that were in a convenient distance from his bus route.

In January 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Brandon a 1997 Honda Civic.

Brandon has become more self-sufficient now that he owns a car. He is able to get to and from work on time while looking for a second part-time job. With a car, Brandon has the freedom to work more and earn more.

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Mayor Awards Car to Hardworking Mother

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:50 PM

Chantae Rogers is one of the two recipients who was awarded a car by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Rogers is a hostess at the Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore and often takes the bus to work. During the winter months, she frequently waits for the bus for up to an hour and a half in the cold. Without personal transportation, arriving to work on time has been a challenge for Rogers. With a car, she will be a reliable employee and she will be able to attend her son’s extracurricular activities.

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Mayor Awards Keys to Busy Mother of Five

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 4:39 PM

Regina Frazier is one of the two recipients who was awarded a car by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Frazier is a busy mother to five children ages 7, 6, 5, 3 and 1. Her commute to work at Amazon can sometimes be an hour or more when she takes the shuttle. It has been a challenge for Frazier to transport her children to and from school because of her ten hour work day. A car will help her children get to and from school in a timely manner while allowing her to feed them dinner and help with their homework at a decent time.

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Keys Give Mother Freedom to Get Ahead

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 4:42 PM

It was a trying winter for Lolita Griffin, a busy mother of three. Without a car, daily tasks were difficult for her to accomplish.

Working her schedule around others was a challenge. “It was difficult relying on others for a ride.” Now that she is the owner of a 2005 Ford Escape she is able to do more for her family. “Now that I have a car I can put my children in after school activities, be at appointments on time and avoid walking in rough weather conditions. The freedom to go when I need to is the greatest!”

A car donation has been life changing for Griffin and her children.

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Car Donation Provides Father with Freedom

Monday, March 7, 2016 5:19 PM

Samuel Langley looks forward to providing his daughters with more now that he is the owner of a 2001 Chevy Cavalier.

“Now I no longer have to ask for rides. I can get back and forth to work and take part in more family activities such as teaching my daughters how to drive.”

A car donation has provided Langley with the freedom he needs to achieve economic and personal independence.

“I really appreciate all of the help that I have received. Now I want to pay it forward and help others as I have been helped.”

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Your Car Donation Can Change the Life of a Child

Thursday, March 3, 2016 9:09 PM

capital-campaign1.jpgWhile they may not be of driving age, children’s lives are greatly impacted when you donate your car to a needy family.

Donating your car not only allows parents to gain better employment, but it allows kids to do better in school, attend more after-school activities, and have better access to health care.

Here are several ways donating your car helps children.

  • Parents gain mobility. A car donation provides much-needed transportation, which can enable a family to make a number of changes in their lives. For example, a new car can enable the breadwinner of a family to accept higher paying job opportunities that may be further from home. A car can help foster a better home life and build stronger family ties.
  • Helps children with school. Having a car means that parents can drive their children to school and pick them up afterwards. While the bus is a good option, circumstances can make...
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New Minivan Mom Helps Detroit Parents and Schools

Thursday, March 3, 2016 7:19 PM

Detroit resident Betsy Beltran, her husband and two teenage daughters previously lived life without a vehicle to call their own. Betsy works as a Parent Organizer for 14 Detroit Public Schools that require her to travel every day for meetings and training sessions. A family member would often drop Beltran off at work, but she needed her own car in order to keep her job.

In January 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Betsy a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

Vehicle ownership allows Betsy to continue her important role in the community and in the Detroit Public School system. “Every day my job allows me to change a parent’s life, which in turn improves my life,” said Betsy on the impact of having her own vehicle.

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Busy Mother Looks Forward to Future

Thursday, March 3, 2016 4:11 AM

Rhonda Best-Melvin, a busy mother of five, is excited for her future now that she is the owner of a 2006 Kia Sedona.

“Without a car, it was difficult to get to work, go grocery shopping or take my children to doctor appointments. Having a car will make a lot of my dreams come true. Now I’ll be able to provide my family with more and help others.”

Getting around was previously a challenge and often unsafe for Best-Melvin. “Now I won’t have to walk in the dark to pick my children up from after school activities.”

A car donation has been life changing for Best-Melvin and her children. “I feel so happy and blessed to have been considered and approved for a car. Thank you!”

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Car Donation Brings Comfort to Mother and Daughter

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 2:48 PM

Kanya Anthony, a medical assistant and part-time server, can provide her daughter with more now that she is the owner of a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

“It was stressful always paying for a cab and not being able to do more for my daughter. Now I will have a peace of mind knowing that I can get back and forth to work and take my daughter to more activities.”

Anthony looks forward to freedom and new opportunities. “Now I am able to apply for higher paying jobs.”

A car donation has been life changing for Anthony and her daughter.

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Donating a Car to Charity Can Avoid Costly Repairs (1)

Thursday, February 25, 2016 4:14 PM

Donating-A-Car.jpgCars need maintenance and repairs on a fairly regular basis to keep them in good running condition. As a car gets older, repairs become more frequent and more extensive.

Once repairs start adding up to a point where it becomes economically unfeasible to pay for them, it’s time to consider getting a new car.

It is also important to decide what will happen to the old car.

Some people sell the car for scrap, but most people either decide on selling their old car or donating the car to charity.

There are a lot of factors to take into account before retiring a car, a few of which are discussed below:

  1. Age of the car: If the car is only a few years old and requires a major repair, then it is likely worth the money to pay for the repair. The rest of the car is probably still in good condition, and the damaged part would be worth replacing. An extensive repair on a 10 or 15 year-old car may be...
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Car Donation Provides Family with Freedom

Thursday, February 25, 2016 2:35 PM

Jazmine Williams, a mother to twin daughters, Khloe and Kawil, looks forward to her newfound independence.

“Getting my children to and from school and making it to work on time was a challenge.” Now that Williams is the owner of a 2003 Jeep Liberty, she can tackle her daily tasks with ease.

“Now I can get up and go without having to wait for public transportation or ask for a ride. I can also put my children in after-school activities.”

A car donation has given Williams and her daughters the opportunity to change their lives.

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A Set of Keys Moves Family Forward

Monday, February 22, 2016 4:42 PM

With a set of keys in her hand, Tenika Gilliam, a mother of six, will now be able to provide her family with more.

Gilliam’s daily commute will no longer be a hassle now that she is the owner of a 1999 Dodge Caravan.Taking public transportation with all of my children and not having the extra money to enjoy life with them has been a challenge. Now that I have a car, I will be able to finish school, improve my credit, become more reliable at work and pick my children up from after-school activities.”

A car donation has given Gilliam and her children the freedom they need to access more opportunities. “This is a great program. I pray that they are always here to help families in my position.”

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New Car Makes Road to New Job Easy

Monday, February 22, 2016 4:07 PM

Tanisha Dickerson is a 29-year-old mother of a young son. In order to make it to her new job in Northville, she often relied on borrowing a car from a friend or a family member. She utilized public transportation, but the bus schedule to this suburb makes it difficult to get her son to school and arrive at work on time.

In January 2016, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, awarded Tanisha a 2001 Daewoo Nubria.

Now Tanisha is a reliable employee and she can drive her son to school and doctor appointments. Vehicle ownership allows Tanisha to preform her daily tasks with ease.

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Tips for Donating Your Car to Vehicles for Change

Friday, February 19, 2016 3:40 PM

Donate A CarA car is a big ticket item. When you donate a car, you want the proper tax benefits. To do this successfully, you need to give the car to a charity recognized by the IRS as tax exempt.

There are a number of factors that play into determining the worth of your car, and therefore your tax deductions. Your tax deduction is determined by how the tax-exempt charity uses your donation.

The following are a few tips on understanding the value of your car and factors that might affect your car's worth.

  •         Use a reputable online source. A website like Kelley Blue Book can provide a free estimation of any car's value given its age, mileage, and condition.
  •         Go to a dealer. A used car dealer is an expert in pricing used and old cars and can give you an accurate value. Be sure to visit a few different dealers to guarantee you have a variety of opinions before you donate a car.
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Mother Gains Access to More Opportunities

Thursday, February 18, 2016 3:15 PM

Bryshonda Robinson, a busy mother to her daughter, Anyla, no longer needs to rely on others for transportation now that she is the owner of a 2004 Suzuki Verona.

A car donation has made it possible for Robinson to do more. “Finding transportation to and from work and taking my daughter to daycare was challenging without a vehicle. Now that I have a car I will be more reliable and I will be able to find more opportunity.”

Robinson looks forward to having the freedom to provide her daughter with more.

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Aztek Allows Dad to Help Himself, Family

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 2:49 PM

Quentin Ireland is a 35-year-old father of two children, ages 10 and 3. Quentin had recently secured a good-paying job and was working with his sponsoring agency to better himself and his family. Quentin also wished to enroll in school to earn his degree but could not manage all of the transportation logistics for him and his family without a vehicle.

In December 2015, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Matrix Human Services, awarded Quentin a 2002 Pontiac Aztek.

Vehicle ownership enables Quentin to get to his new job and to school so he can work toward his degree.

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Young Mother Attains Opportunity to Get Ahead

Friday, February 12, 2016 4:41 PM

Sharnisha Gross, a mother of two, is on the road to success now that she is the owner of a 2006 Saturn Ion. A car donation has made it possible for her to provide her children with more.

Relying on others for transportation is no longer necessary for Gross. “Without a car, it was difficult to take my kids to doctor’s appointments, school, daycare or any fun activities.”

Gross is looking forward to the new opportunities that are ahead. “Having a car will help me get to work on time and allow me to work more hours. I will also be able to drive my children to where they need to be.”    

A car has made it possible for Gross and her children to attain more opportunities.

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Help Choosing the Best Place to Donate a Car

Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:30 PM

Car Donation CharitiesHave you heard that car donation can be an excellent way to help a family i need AND get maximum return value on your car?

It's true: Donating a car can be a win-win proposition ... IF you choose the right organization and procedure.

Here are some tips:

When deciding on the best place to donate your car, wouldn't it be nice to find the organization that has a mission that most speaks to you and that will do the most good within your community? Thinking about the impact your car can have locally is always a good place to begin. Contact Vehicles for Change to see if there is a donation center near you.

1. Tax advantages and ease of IRS recognition is another important factor. Make sure the charitable organization is recognized as a tax exempt 501 (c) nonprofit organization. Check the IRS Car Donor's Guide or contact us for more information. To make sure the tax deduction is as high as...

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Heartfelt Words

Thursday, February 11, 2016 7:44 PM

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To Whom It May Concern,

First of all, I would like to thank Matt Stubbs, Katherine and the whole Vehicles for Change organization for the wonderful opportunity in helping me to obtain a vehicle through the program.

In only a little over a month it has truly been a blessing. The vehicle has allowed me the opportunity to drive to and [from] work all on my own – not having to ask for a ride, wait hours for buses in the cold or depend on others (metro included) to make it to work every day, on time. As a result my supervisors are starting to show more trust and faith in me as well as talk about advancement opportunities in the future (as long as I remain self-reliant and dependable of course).

I have also been able to help my kids and their mother in more ways, too. When one of them missed the school bus, I was able to go over there in my car and take her – FELT GREAT! When the other...

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A Set of Keys Provides Mother with Freedom

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 5:09 PM

Keona Jones, a mother of four, looks forward to her newfound freedom now that she is the owner of a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan.

Relying on public transportation was not easy for Jones. “The most difficult aspect of not having a car was spending a lot of money on rides to work and not being able to put my kids in after school activities. Now I will be able to maintain employment, advance my employment opportunities and sign my children up for more activities.”

Jones is looking forward to providing her family with more. “Before finding Vehicles for Change, life without a car was a challenge. I was unable to put my babies in daycare which caused me to lose my job. Getting places was a hassle because the buses only run once every hour. Now that I have a car I am less stressed and I can do more. I am very thankful for this program.” A car donation from Vehicles for Change has empowered Jones...

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Mercury Sable Puts Mom on the Road

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 4:35 PM

Danieshia Conley is a 36-year-old mother of one young son. Danieshia did not own a vehicle and relied on borrowing various family members’ vehicles to get to work and to her son’s daycare center. This was not a reliable transportation solution because these vehicles were not always available. When Danieshia was unable to borrow a vehicle, she had to call off of work because she had no alternate transportation. The same was true getting her son to and from daycare.

In November 2015, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, awarded Danieshia a 2002 Mercury Sable.

Owning a vehicle allows Danieshia to drive her son to daycare and arrive safely at work every day. The security of her Mercury Sable allows Danieshia to provide for her family.

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Parents' Car Ownership Boosts Healthcare for Kids

Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:35 PM

Donating CarsThe connection between vehicle access and health is rarely discussed, but there is a strong relationship between these two aspects of family life.

Without a car, many parents rely on emergency vehicles for any medical condition. An ambulance is not only a costly way to get to a hospital, but it is less likely to be used than a personal car.

Worse yet, children can't take an ambulance to get a periodic check-ups or to keep a doctor's appointment ... meaning those essential visits may get skipped.

A reliable vehicle can drastically improve the life of low-income families by providing them the ability to take care of their own transportation needs. That is why Vehicles for Change is so passionate about helping people donate a car to charity.

Transportation issues can directly affect health

Without a private vehicle, scheduling and keeping a medical appointment can be difficult. A working...

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Young Mother Starts New Year on the Right Path

Thursday, February 4, 2016 5:06 PM

In December 2015, Vehicles for Change decided to spread some holiday cheer by offering Lyft rides home to applicants waiting for a car donation. Brittany Lunkin, one of the selected Lyft riders, explained how life without a car was a challenge. “I have to leave my house very early in the morning and walk to the train station in the dark in order to make it to work on time. I get off in the afternoon, wait for the train and then walk 20 minutes from the train station to pick up my son. After that, we walk home together,” Lunkin said.

In January 2016, Lunkin received a late holiday gift; her name was removed from the car donation waiting list and she was awarded a car of her own. She would no longer endure her lengthy daily commute, thanks to Vehicles for Change.

As a mother of two, Lunkin’s life had many limitations without personal transportation. “It was tough keeping my children from...

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A Set of Keys Empowers Young Mother

Monday, February 1, 2016 5:58 PM

Tabitha Stanley, a mother of five, is able to provide her family with more now that she is the owner of a 2001 Chrysler Town & Country.

Stanley is looking forward to participating in more activities with her children, something that was seldom possible without her own transportation. “I am excited to take my children to the library and the park.”

It was not always easy for Stanley to find reliable transportation to her job as a Data Entry Associate. “Now that I have a car I will be able to get around more. I won’t need to depend on others and my commute to work will be less than 30 minutes.” From now on, Stanley will also be able to commute to the doctor, the grocery store and her children’s school with ease.

A car donation from Vehicles for Change has been life changing for Stanley and her children.

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A Car Donation Simplifies Life for Young Mother

Friday, January 29, 2016 3:27 PM

Life without personal transportation was challenging for Takia Dixon Lovings, a mother of four. Now that she owns a 1998 Legacy Outback Wagon, she has the freedom to accomplish her daily tasks.

A car donation has made it possible for Lovings to provide her children with a more consistent lifestyle. “A car will help me to transport my children to necessary places quickly and comfortably.”

Lovings endured an hour long commute to work before receiving her own set of keys. “The most difficult part of not having a car was catching the bus very early in the morning and not getting home to my children until late at night.” Now that Lovings has a car of her own, she will be able to find a higher paying job and commute to the doctor, grocery store and school quickly and without the stress of relying on others.

“This program is a blessing to me and other families.” A car donation from Vehicles...

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Saturn Gives Hard-Working Dad More Time

Friday, January 29, 2016 3:04 PM

Anthony Dillard is a 25-year-old father of four young children (ages 6, 5, 4, and 9 months). To provide steady income for his family, Anthony endured a long daily commute for work, taking him from Detroit to Shelby and back. His morning commute involved catching three bus rides starting at 4:30am to make it to work on time. Anthony also relied on bus transportation for shopping and errands, a challenge with four young children in tow.

In October 2015, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, awarded Anthony a 2002 Saturn SL2.

Owning a vehicle simplifies Anthony’s daily commute allowing him to spend more time with his young family.

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3 Common Car Donation Tax Deduction Errors

Thursday, January 28, 2016 7:20 PM

Car Donation Tax DeductionFiling taxes can be a daunting task, and car donation tax deductions can seem especially confusing at first.

The three most common mistakes people make when filing for car donation tax deductions are:

  1. Missing forms (especially 1098-C)
  2. Mistaking quid pro quo donations
  3. Not choosing a reputable organization

Avoid these mistakes, and even first-time car donors can normally clear every hurdle without problem.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your vehicle donation.

Tax Deduction Forms

Car deductions over $500 require donors to fill out IRS forms. Vehicles for Change provides a tax receipt to the donor of each vehicle, once the donated vehicle is processed. When a donated vehicle is sold for more than $500, Vehicles for Change sends donors the IRS tax form 1098-C.This form is sent within 30 days of the vehicle being sold.

Not Verifying the Organization

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Ford Contour Helps Woman Save Money

Thursday, January 28, 2016 3:52 PM

LaRosa Butler is a 43-year-old woman who shares her home with her adult son. LaRosa counted on public transportation that was unable to get her to and from work every day. Her long-time employer reduced her hours but offered to increase LaRosa’s working hours if she could secure reliable transportation. LaRosa began renting a vehicle to ensure she could get to the job she loved, but the expense each week was very high. LaRosa was unable to save any money.

In November 2015, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, awarded LaRosa a 1998 Ford Contour.

LaRosa is able to work more hours at the job she loves, earn more money and reduce her expenses because she does not have to rent a car.

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A Car Donation Gives Father Freedom to Change His Life

Thursday, January 28, 2016 3:24 PM

Fnu Dawlat, a father of six, has the freedom to accomplish more now that he is the owner of a 2002 Chevrolet Venture. 

Depending on others for transportation was often unreliable for Dawlat. "It was hard for me to get to my job on time each day. Between taking the bus and the metro, it took me two and a half hours to get to my job and three hours to get home." 

Commuting will no longer be stressful now that Dawlat has his own set of keys. "A car has saved me 5 hours of my time each day. Now it only takes me 15 minutes to get to work. I will be able to use the extra time to work longer hours so that I can provide my family with more." 

Dawlat is relieved that he will be able to provide his children with the opportunity to be more involved. "My kids would often ask me to take them to the playground or the museum, but I was not able to do that. My kids were very disappointed. From now on,...

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Xterra Gives New Opportunities to Young Dad

Monday, January 25, 2016 8:36 PM

Cardan Young-Davy is a young single dad who is trying to improve his life. Cardan works at the nonprofit, The Greening of Detroit, while his daughter heads to a Matrix Head Start program. In his spare time, he is receiving financial literacy training.

In August 2015, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Matrix Human Services, awarded Cardan a 2001 Nissan Xterra.

Cardan is thrilled to have a reliable vehicle for traveling to work and taking his daughter to extracurricular activities.

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Donating Your Old Car to Fund a Charitable Organization

Thursday, January 21, 2016 7:48 PM

Donating CarCar donation programs can be a great way to get rid of an unwanted car while helping out a worthy cause. For donors, donating a car can be as easy and quick as a phone call.

A quick search online will reveal organizations and charities with car donation programs. Whether one is interested in education, employment, animal rights, or medical research, there is an organization that will gladly accept your old car.

But how can you make sure the donation is going to the right cause?

Select a Cause

There are dozens of charities in every community, and all of them need help. Some charities benefit the immediate community, while others are large and serve an entire state or region. If a donor’s goal is donating a car to help a charity, it is important to select which cause he or she wants the donation to help.

Before giving to the first car donation program advertised on TV, donors should...

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Ford Explorer Simplifies Life for Young Family

Thursday, January 21, 2016 2:45 PM

Lauren Sowell has her hands full as a single mom of a one-year old son with a chronic asthma condition. Yet her life is further complicated because she has not been able to afford a vehicle of her own. Without convenient, reliable transportation, getting her son to and from Head Start is a challenge. Getting herself back and forth to work the night shift as a nurse is even harder.

In July 2015, Vehicles for Change, in partnership with Matrix Human Services, awarded Lauren a 2005 Ford Explorer.

With her vehicle, Lauren immediately increased her hours at work. This began to increase her income and gave her more time with her son. Lauren’s new independence is inspiring her to imagine greater career opportunities in the nursing industry.

 

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Malibu Puts Mom in Fast Lane to Financial Freedom

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 3:01 PM

Renee Perkins is a single mom providing care to her three-year old son and aging mother. Renee works the night shift at a nursing home, while her son is enrolled in a Head Start program during the day.

Renee saved money to buy a much-needed used car for $3,000. Three days later the transmission went out presenting Renee with two unpleasant options: a huge repair bill or no car.

After emptying her savings on the car that was now junk, Renee turned to family and friends for rides to and from work. She gave everyone gas money for helping out but this reduced her ability to save money toward a vehicle of her own.

Determined to get back on track, Renee enrolled in Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency’s Financial Empowerment Center to receive financial coaching. It was there Renee learned of the agency’s new partnership with Vehicles for Change. She eagerly applied.

In July 2015,...

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Minivan Provides Final Piece to Financial Freedom

Monday, January 18, 2016 5:36 PM

Lateasha Orsborn works in the medical field and is the proud mother to two teenage boys. The beginning of Lateasha’s path to financial independence started at Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency’s Financial Empowerment Center. With their guidance, she improved her credit scores, built a savings account, and maintained a balanced budget. Then through participation in an Individual Development Account savings program, Lateasha became a first-time homeowner in Detroit.

Lateasha had come a very long way in her financial journey. However, reliable transportation remained an obstacle in her efforts to create financial stability for her family. Lateasha reduced her work hours to avoid infractions on her employment record due to late buses and rides. Although working fewer hours reduced her take-home pay, she could not afford to lose her job completely.

In July 2015, Vehicles for Change, ...

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After Auto Donation: Where Does A Car Go?

Friday, January 15, 2016 4:57 PM

Auto DonationAuto donation to Vehicles for Change sets in motion the process that moves unwanted and unneeded automobiles from the garage to a family in need.

Donors across the United States use charities to get rid of their unwanted vehicles, not knowing how their vehicle will be used or what happens in between donating the vehicle and a family receiving the vehicle.

At Vehicles for Change, there are several ways a donated vehicle can be used.

First, the car is inspected

Immediately after donation, the donated vehicle is inspected to determine the mechanical condition of the car. Donated vehicles that are awarded to low-income families must meet Vehicles for Change’s strict reliability standards.

Depending on the car’s type and condition, donated cars may also be sold to the public through Freedom Wheels, VFC’s used car lot.

Awarded to a Family

We especially love to see your donated car go to a...

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Achieving Success through Car Ownership

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 3:23 PM

Jerrell Fisher, an employee for Schuster Concrete in Washington, D.C., looks forward to a new and improved future. As a resident of the West Baltimore area, commuting to work was a difficult task for Fisher, the recipient of a 1995 Toyota Camry Coupe.    

Before receiving a donated car through Vehicles for Change, Fisher endured a two hour bus ride to work each day. With a car, his commute is now only 40 minutes.

“The car was clean and pristine when I first received it. Having a car has helped me with small, day-to-day tasks, such as going to the grocery store and spending more time with family.”

Fisher graduated from JumpStart, a construction-training program for Baltimore residents, in February of 2015. Vehicles donated to JumpStart graduates significantly decreases the length of their commute while increasing the stability of their employment.

“A car has opened up a whole new world...

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How to Find the Best Car Donation Program

Thursday, January 7, 2016 7:37 PM

Car Donation ProgramsDonors normally want as much of the value of their donation as possible to go directly to helping people.

Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Car donations, for instance, are accepted by most charities ... but they don't handle the transaction directly.

They use a "middleman" and that can often cut the value of the donation (the amount received by those in need) significantly.

Cut the charity middleman

Avoiding a middleman is possible. Donors can find out whether a charity is operating independently or not by calling and asking how much of a charity’s donations are used to help people in need.

 

Tax benefits of donations

When tax benefits are important, donors must find a charity that qualifies for tax exempt status. This means the charity has been approved by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) organization.

Donors should always verify a charity’s tax-exempt status before committing to...

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Hope Moves Families Forward

Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:50 PM

Margot Kellum, the recipient of a 2004 Honda Civic, has an exciting future ahead of her. She will now be able to enroll her children in after-school activities. A car donation has made it possible for her son to play football and for her daughter to join honors chorus, activities that were previously off-limits due to lack of transportation.

“I will no longer have to walk everywhere with my children in the cold and I will be able to find a higher paying job.”

A car donation from Vehicles for Change has been life changing for Kellum and her family.

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Keys Bring Freedom

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 4:50 PM

Living without personal transportation was a hassle for Frank Dixon, a father of four. Now that he owns a 1999 Mazda Protege, he has the freedom to accomplish his day-to-day tasks as needed.

Being dependent on others for a car was often unreliable for Dixon. Instead of borrowing a family member’s car, he can now drive to work and transport his children with a car of his own. “Now I can pick my son’s up from baseball, football and music class any day of the week.”

Vehicles for Change has been a positive part of Dixon’s life.

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Achieving Independence

Monday, January 4, 2016 3:06 PM

Counting on others can be an unreliable form of transportation when schedules don't align. Stephanie Pratt, a mother of three, no longer needs to depend on friends or family for her daily commute to work as a bus driver and assisted living staff member. With a car, she is now able to achieve more independence.

Vehicles for Change has provided Pratt with the opportunity to improve both her work and family life.

"It's relieving to not have to rely on others in order to make it to my jobs. I'm also looking forward to being able to spend more time with my family."

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