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Reasons to Donate Your Vehicle

Monday, July 13, 2020 2:26 PM

Donating a car to Vehicles for Changesupports the advancement of your community and forever changes the lives of generations of families who need personal transportation. If you have a car suitable for donation and want to know more about being a VFC Superhero, you've come to the right place. There are many reasons to donate your vehicle! Here are just a few:

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Photo caption: Change makers like Peter and Patricia Zahn have recently made their third donation and even purchased a car through Vehicles for Change. Donate to vehicles for change and be a change agent.

 

 

 

 

 

Reasons to Donate Your Vehicle

Satisfaction Not Stress
Avoid the stress and major hassle of selling your vehicle. Make the selling process convenient and meaningful to you by donating your car. Vehicles for Change will ensure your vehicle is donated to a deserving family. All you have to do is decide to be the donating...

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Giving to Essential Workers During COIVD-19

Monday, July 13, 2020 2:13 PM

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Photo caption: Essential worker Listra and her family receiving her vehicle at Northwest Hospital Center.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, having access to personal transportation is more important than ever, especially for essential employees.  Essential employees are defined as employees designated in an occupational class who must report to work during a period of liberal leave and general emergencies such as this COVID-19 crisis. Vehicles for Change is proud to award vehicles to essential workers who are risking their lives during the worldwide epidemic.

To celebrate our 20th year anniversary our team partnered with Heritage | MileOne Autogroup to donate 20 cars to 20 families for our highly anticipated “20 for 20” event. Nine of the vehicles were awarded to essential healthcare workers including essential worker Listra (pictured above) at Northwest Hospital Center. In addition, we...

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20 for 20 Recipient | Desvin Gabiddon

Friday, June 19, 2020 4:50 PM

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Mr. Desvin Gabbidon is a reserved man, but he’s having a hard time containing his excitement when it comes to Heritage | MileOne Autogroup and Vehicles for Change’s “20 for 20!”

Currently residing in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, Mr. Gabbidon works as an Overnight Security Guard at a hospital. Working security at a hospital is an interesting job that comes with a lot of stories to tell, “I couldn’t make this stuff up if I wanted to.” Mr. Gabbidon said after a particularly silly story he told us there at Vehicles for Change.

So, how is Mr. Gabbidon getting to work currently? Well, Upper Marlboro, Maryland doesn’t have public transportation that runs after 6:00 pm which forced Mr. Gabbidon to either catch a ride from friends or an Uber. Each trip he has to take to work via Uber costs him $35, costing him about $70 each day round trip. Soon, Mr. Gabbidon will be able to hop in his own car and ...

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20 for 20 Recipient | Aleeseea Jones

Friday, June 19, 2020 4:43 PM

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Ms. Aleeseea Jones, 19, has called Grantsville, Maryland home for the past three to four years but spends a great deal of time in Lynchburg, Virginia. What’s she up to in Virginia you might ask? She’s studying Social Work with a minor in Vocal Performance at Liberty University!

Ms. Jones currently works at Wal-Mart as a cashier and self-checkout assistant where she enjoys talking to the stores diverse customer base, saying “There’s all kinds of people who work at Walmart, but most are pretty cool.” To get to work in Grantsville, which doesn’t have any public transportation options, Ms. Jones must ask her family members to give her a lift. Scheduling a ride to work can be so challenging!

“Being 19 and not having a car, I feel like I’ve always been late in life.” Well, Ms. Jones won’t be late too much of anything after “20 for 20,” where she will be awarded her first car ever! After she...

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202 for 20 Recipient | Tiffany Thompson

Friday, June 19, 2020 4:36 PM

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Ms. Tiffany Thompson will be one of 20 people receiving an awarded vehicle at Heritage | MileOne Auto Group and Vehicles for Change’s “20 for 20” scheduled for June 24th! Ms. Thompson has recently moved to Dundalk, Maryland. So far, her family is enjoying the new neighborhood.

Ms. Thompson is an accomplished professional with two Bachelor’s Degrees and nine years of experience working as a nurse. Two years ago, she found her calling as a homecare nurse, “Being in people environments, sometimes you can reach them better… a few times a week you can kind of guide them and see success in what you taught them.

In a post-COVID world, one where her car was totaled when another driver struck her vehicle, Ms. Thompson and her family had to find a way to get around in a town without public transportation. Utilizing her stimulus check and money given to her by a family member, Ms. Thompson...

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20 for 20 Recipient | Dajuah McGould

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 11:50 PM

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Ms. Dajuah McDougald, mother to one son, will be one of our vehicle recipients at “20 for 20,” presented by Heritage | MileOne Autogroup and Vehicles for Change on June 24! She is originally from Baltimore City, but moved to Baltimore Count two years ago. So far, she’s loving it.

The hospital environment is Ms. McDougald’s calling. She currently works in Environmental Services at Johns Hopkins but plans on continuing her education by studying Medical Bill & Coding. Ms. McDougald is looking forward to working her way up the ladder at work, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it a challenge without personal transportation. Though public transportation is available in her area, the bus stop nearest her home is too far of a walk when caring for her 11-month-old, Carter. “It’s been really hectic. Sometimes I pay friends, Lyft or Uber to get me to work, or I just call out of work.” Each...

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20 for 20 Recipient | Brittaney Nelson

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 2:05 PM

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Ms. Brittaney Nelson is thrilled to be one of the recipients for our upcoming “20 for 20” event presented by Heritage | MileOne Autogroup! Ms. Nelson currently resides in beautiful Assateague, Maryland where she is living with family and raising her 20-month-old twins, Tatum and Blair.

Yes, you read that correctly. Ms. Nelson has not one, but two active and wonderful children. “I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when the doctor told I was having twins,” she says. “I thought, two babies isn’t too bad, and then they got here and I was like OH!’”  

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Nelson took her children to local gym classes where they were able to socialize with other children and work on fine motor skills through play. Now, the family enjoys listening to music, playing basketball and soccer, and baking chocolate chip cookies. The twins sometimes get a little bit of...

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20 for 20 Recipient: Rosario Gonzalez

Monday, June 15, 2020 8:22 PM

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We’d like to wish Ms. Rosario Gonzales congratulations on her soon-to-be awarded vehicle at “20 Cars for 20 Families,” presented by Heritage | MileOne Autogroup! Ms. Gonzales is the mother of three active, creative daughters living in Glen Oak. The Gonzales family moved from Towson, MD to Glen Oak just a few months ago and are loving the neighborhood.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Gonzales worked as a Ticket Agent for Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus lines. To get to work each day Ms. Gonzales and four of her coworkers worked together to carpool whenever possible, but frequently relied on public transportation which added two and a half hours to her morning commute. 

Obtaining reliable, personal transportation has been a challenge for Ms. Gonzales. In previous years the Gonzales family, unable to save enough money for a vehicle throughout the year, would wait until tax season to...

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20 for 20 Recipient | Rob Bullock

Friday, June 12, 2020 7:07 PM

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Robert Bullock’s story begins in 2018. At the time, he was the Co-Director of Community Development for a Baltimore-based non-profit specializing in helping community organizations develop holistic approaches to health and wellness programs. It was all going great until the Executive Director announced their grant funding had not been renewed and the organization would have to shut its doors.

Around the time Mr. Bullock lost his job, he was informed by his landlord that he would have to move within a few weeks so the home could be renovated and sold. Luckily, a friend was able to offer Rob a place to stay just before his car broke down for good. Rob acted fast and found employment at a local pizza shop but his recent turmoil led him to a depressive state, which then led him to a battle with addiction. It’s true what they say: when it rains, it pours.

Looking at his life, Rob said to...

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Meet Morgan from Delaware!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 3:35 PM

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We don't know about you, but we could certainly use a pick-me-up! Meet Morgan, one of our recent vehicle recipients. She's 27-years-old and a single mother of a beautiful 4-year-old daughter. When Morgan was 16 years old, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis - a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord and the optic nerves in your eyes.

Morgan's had her fair share of challenges over the years - access to safe, RELIABLE transportation being one of them. As a Delaware resident working for a small organic cosmetics brand, she would have to take public transportation or get rides from her mother to get where she needed to go. She did her best to manage, but lack of a vehicle started to cut into her daughter's life because she was often late to school and at risk of losing her enrollment spot.

But, since the time Morgan got a call from Vehicles for Change, things...

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