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A Daughter In Need

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 7:43 PM

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Donna is a small town single mother, who walks fifteen minutes to her job every day, sometimes leaving as early as four o’clock in the morning. Her sixteen-year-old Kenzie suffers from multiple physical and mental health issues, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, and severe bladder issues. She needs to visit her doctor and psychiatrist regularly for checkups and medication refills, but has missed several appointments due to a lack of transportation. Kenzie also needs tutoring in English, history, and science. However, due to the lack of transportation, she is unable to get the extra help.

This car award gives Donna the ability to properly care for her daughter’s health while providing the opportunity for her to receive the necessary tutoring for her schooling. She will no longer need to walk to work, and can safely drive to the grocery store located outside of her town. Donna will...

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Overbooked

Monday, September 11, 2017 8:45 PM

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Miranda takes the bus to work, which turns a 30-minute commute into an hour and a half. Her night shift is over 10 hours, but, with travel, work takes up 13 hours of her day. The rest of her day is spent either sleeping or taking care of her 4-year-old son. She must drop him off and pick him up from daycare, between which is the only time she has for rest. Miranda has to leave for work at 4:30 PM, which leaves her little time to spend with her son. Her long hours and lack of transportation have been an obstacle for Miranda. She is sometimes late to work due to the unpredictability of public transport and had lost her previous job.

With this car award, Miranda will be able to reduce her long commute, get to work on time and keep her new job. This will allow her to spend more quality time with her young son. They are looking forward to finally going to the DC Zoo, a trip they have wanted ...

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A Humble Road

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 8:49 PM

Gloria 

Gloria dedicates her life to providing live in services for the elderly or disabled. Currently, her commute is one to two hours by bus. With a car, this journey would only take thirty minutes. Gloria lives with each client six days a week and assists them by running errands, getting groceries, paying bills, etc. In order to get around, she must take costly cabs and her travel expenses add up quickly. Her current salary has her struggling for financial stability. Better paying jobs are available, but these are further away and not accessible by bus.

With this car award, Gloria will be able to take on new clients and increase her earnings. She loves traveling but hasn’t been outside of Maryland in years. She plans on taking a road trip up the Northeast to Vermont and sight-see along the way. But, most importantly, this car commemorates a new chapter in her life. It took her twelve ...

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Aging Out of Foster Care

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 7:34 PM

Cheree has been in the foster care system since she was 15-years-old. Now that she is approaching 21, she will soon be on her own. She works at Chick-fil-A in the BWI airport. To get to work, she takes a 30-minute bus ride, but her commute will become more challenging as she moves out of her foster home. Arriving to work on time and keeping her job is extremely important because, not only does she have to support herself, but she also has to support her 2-year-old son. Without a car, Cheree worries for her and her son’s future outside of the foster care system. Cheree’s older sister, who recently aged out of foster care, is unemployed, homeless and in desperate need of help. Her sister cannot keep a job because of her lack of transportation, which has perpetuated the cycle of homelessness. Cheree wants to help her sister get back on her feet, but without a car of her own, she cannot.

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Getting to the Doctor

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 5:31 PM

Armine is a dedicated mother of two boys who recently emigrated from Armenia. She works as a home health aide and without a car, her life is extremely difficult. She must travel to different locations to see clients and it takes her three hours to travel to her job. Armine would like to work more hours, but this is not possible without a faster mode of transportation. But, the biggest struggle for Armine is dealing with her four-year-old son’s autism and epilepsy without reliable transportation. Due to his disability, she often has to carry him or push him in a stroller along with her two-year-old. Walking far distances with her two sons in her arms has caused joint pain. Taking her son to the doctor is challenging as well. He goes to many different doctors that aren’t always accessible by public transport, so he will often be late to or miss his important appointments.

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Staying Humble

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:51 PM

Gloria dedicates her life to providing live in services for the elderly or disabled. Currently, her commute is one to two hours by bus. With a car, this journey would only take thirty minutes. Gloria lives with each client six days a week and assists them by running errands, getting groceries, paying bills, etc. In order to get around, she must take costly cabs and her travel expenses add up quickly. Her current salary has her struggling for financial stability. Better paying jobs are available, but these are further away and not accessible by bus.

With this car award, Gloria will be able to take on new clients and increase her earnings. She loves to travel, but hasn’t been outside of Maryland in years. She plans on taking a road trip up the Northeast to Vermont and sight-see along the way. But, most importantly, this car commemorates a new chapter in her life. It took her twelve years...

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Pursuing Passions

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 6:28 PM

Ogun is a father of five children, ages 3, 5, 10, 12 and 15. Without a car, life has been difficult for him and his family. His six-mile commute takes him an hour by bus. His wife dedicates her time to home-schooling her three youngest. She is also a raw vegan chef and works a table at a farmer’s market, but she is not able to get all the supplies she needs to run her stand.  This has hindered their earning potential and Ogun has had to turn down many job opportunities. He does not live in a safe neighborhood, so his children are unable to play outside. He cannot take his children to the park or to any summer activities because he is worried about taking five young children on public transportation with only one parent to supervise. So overall, they spend the majority of their day at home.

With this car award, Ogun will take on new, better job opportunities, his children will be able to ...

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An Hour for 5 Miles

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:57 PM

Mishell serves her community as a social service worker, volunteers at her church, and is a mother to a 3-week-old newborn and a 2-year-old.  But her transportation issues have been a huge burden on her life. To get to work, which is only 5 miles from her home, she must take the bus. The ride takes an hour and often the bus is late, which is a huge issue for Mishell because this can sometimes make her late to work. She just started a new job and is worried that she might lose it due to the unpredictability of the buses. Mishell has no control over her job security without reliable transportation. Additionally, it is difficult to get to the grocery store without assistance from friends or family. She has had to resort to ordering takeout often, which can get expensive. Without a car, she has not been able to take her children to see their father who is currently in jail. Mishell would...

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Father of Three

Monday, July 17, 2017 8:28 PM

Ian and his wife recently welcomed a new baby girl; his third child. As a father of three, with a wife who is on maternity leave, he has many people relying on him. Ian is a construction worker, which requires him to work in many different locations, but he is losing work due to his lack of transportation. Without a car, he cannot get to certain sites and often misses out on these jobs. Ian wants to work longer hours and more jobs in order to support his family. His children are affected by this transportation issue as well. His 17-year-old son has not been able to participate in sports like many of his classmates. His 4-year-old will start school soon and would like to participate in afterschool activities as well. It is very difficult to get his newborn to the doctor’s office without a car.

 This car is extremely important to Ian and his family. It will improve their lives and their...

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Saving Money on a Sitter

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 7:16 PM

LaAsia is a hardworking mother of three young children, ages 2, 3 and 5. Without a car, it is very difficult for LaAsia to get to work and take her children to daycare and camp. In order to solve her transportation issue, she must hire a sitter who feeds her children in the morning, drops them off at daycare and camp and brings them home in the afternoon. This service costs her $200 a month in addition to her bus passes and cab rides. LaAsia works at the Center for Addiction Medicine and recently got a raise.  For her new position, she will not have to travel to patients homes to follow up for after car. This will require a car and without one, she might lose this job.

This car award is extremely important to LaAsia. She will be able to spend more time with her three, young children and take them to and from daycare and camp. Additionally, she will be able to improve her financial...

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