Vehicles for Change: Helping Families Help Themselves
July 18, 2012 by Administrator

A few years ago, if you had asked Donna Robbins what her future looked like, she might not have been able to give a hopeful answer. Homeless and without a job, Donna found herself in a tight spot after splitting from her husband. Determined to get back on her feet, she found support in a local agency that provided transitional housing, helped her apply for a driver’s license and allowed her to save money for a home and vehicle.

A few weeks ago, Donna purchased a 1994 Toyota Camry from Vehicles for Change – and despite just recently receiving her car, the vehicle has already made a huge impact on her life.

Previously, Donna was depending on rides from friends and family to get to her job at the deli in BJ’s Warehouse. Although relying on rides was a better option than walking a few miles or paying for a cab, they impacted Donna’s availability at work.

With a car, Donna can work more hours and be flexible in her schedule. In the few weeks since she’s obtained a car, Donna has already received a promotion and a raise. 

“Vehicles for Change has been life-changing for me,” Donna said.

Donna hopes to save enough money to be able to purchase her next car independently – and plans on one day donating her Toyota Camry back to VFC.

The vehicle will also make it easier for Donna’s daughter Jada to participate in activities she loves, such as volunteering. Although she’s only nine years old, Jada loves to give back to the community, a trait that she’s clearly inherited from her mom: For the past few weeks, Donna has been using her “new” car to give a neighbor a ride to work.  She knows first-hand how important reliable transportation is to keeping a job.

“People need to know about programs like this,” Donna said, “There are lots of programs out there that can help people who are willing to help themselves.”

13 Responses to “Vehicles for Change: Helping Families Help Themselves”

  1. thalea ovalle Says:
    July 18th, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    My name is thalea i am a 18year old girl trying real hard to find my family a car. All my life i have delt with problems after problems. I have went threw about everything. Not having a dad in my life to provide for us. I have four brothers and one sister. We have been homeless about twice in my whole 18years of living. We have had to move 15times in one year. I know telling you my whole life story isnt what you want but i just want you to know that if you can help me and my family i would be the most happiest person in georgia.

  2. Administrator Says:
    July 19th, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Hi Thalea, thanks for your message! Unfortunately, right now Vehicles for Change is only working with families in Maryland, DC and Virgina. However, you and your family should look at Working Cars for Working Families’ website: This website lists programs across the country that help families receive a car. It should be able to help you find a program in your area that can help your family.

    Director of Marketing

  3. monique dixon Says:
    July 21st, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Well I’m a virginia resident and I do not have a vehicle. My car broke down in november and I was unable to have it repair due to lack of hours at my job and other responsibilty I have. I have a 8 years old disable daugther, a 3 year old son, a 1 year old and I am currently pregnant. I have to catch public transportation almost everyday to go work or doctor appointments. Its hard having three kids and no transportation. I really would appreciate it if you can help.

  4. Administrator Says:
    July 24th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Hi Monique,

    Thanks for your message. Please visit our Need A Car page to see if you qualify – some basic qualifications to receive a car through our programs are that you must be working at least 30 hours a week or have a verifiable job offer; you must have a driver’s license in the state you live in; and you cannot have a DUI or DWI. Do you qualify under these guidelines? If so, where in VA do you live? That will affect who the correct person is for you to contact.



  5. lakeeta branch Says:
    September 9th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    I need help as well being a survivor of domestic violence i foud that my credit is destroyed i am a single mother of 3 i do qulify but have no sponser i work in. Va and have walked from dc to mclean va to keep my job. However i have no sponser im tired and depression is starting to set in i need help how can i get it with no sponser plese help

  6. Administrator Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Hi Lakeeta,

    Where in Virginia do you live? We may have a sponsoring agency that could assist you. Or you could apply through our Tier II program. Please give us a call at 410-242-9674 and ask for Jen.


    VFC Marketing Director

  7. sarah reynolds Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I don’t have the money saved for tier 2. But qualify for tier 1 other than the sponsored agency. I live in rockbridge county. Motor in my car blew up. I have been using my mother’s until I could figure something out. Head gasket went in hers last week. So now I need to take care of 500 in repairs to her car before I could start saving for mine. Please I’m single can’t lose my job or I will be homeless.

  8. Administrator Says:
    October 30th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Sarah, I passed your message on to our Virginia Assistant Director, she will be contacting you shortly

  9. lourdes Says:
    November 29th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    hi my name is lourdes and I’m the oldest of 13 kids and my my dad is in very desperate need for a car and if you helped us we would very happy

  10. Administrator Says:
    November 30th, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Hi Lourdes, where do you live? Is your father working?


    Marketing Director

  11. Danielle Cobb Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I am a single mother of 3 and I just started a new Management position that requires me to have my own personal vehicle. Along with my 90 day probation I have been placed on a 60 day promisary note Stateing if i donot have a vehilce with in that time I could be terminated. I really cant afford a vehicle at this time. My boss told me to look you guys up. I do meet all of your qulifications. Could you please help me to get a donated vehicle. I really don’t know what else to do.

  12. Danielle Cobb Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I do apolijize, I reside in Baltimore City.

  13. Administrator Says:
    December 4th, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Danielle,

    Are you involved with the organizations STRIVE or PACE?

    If not, please complete the Tier II application and return to VFC!

    Jen Harrington
    Marketing Director

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