Vehicles for Change Impact

The results of our 2011 study illustrate the dramatic impact a VFC car can have on the lives of a low-income family:

SINCE 1999

6,900

Cars awarded to Low-Income Families

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22,000

Lives improved

Better Jobs, Greater Income

Why a car makes a difference: Even in regions with a strong transit system, many low-income families have trouble reaching jobs for which they’re qualified. Some are forced to turn down good positions in favor of lower paying ones with transit access. A car gives them access to better job opportunities and the flexibility to work extra shifts or overtime.   

VFC FAMILIES

75%

Got better jobs and / or increased earnings

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$7,000

Average annual earnings increase

Shorter Commutes

Why a car makes a difference: Even the best transit has limited routes and makes numerous stops. It isn’t unusual for low-income families to spend four to five hours a day commuting to and from work, sometimes taking multiple modes of transportation. For parents, this translates into less time spent at home with their children. 

VFC FAMILIES

90 mins

Average decline in length of daily commute

Healthier Families

Why a car makes a difference: Even the best transit has limited routes and makes numerous stops. It isn’t unusual for low-income families to spend four to five hours a day commuting to and from work, sometimes taking multiple modes of transportation. For parents, this translates into less time spent at home with their children. 

VFC FAMILIES

98%

Took children to the doctor

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87%

Participated in activities that improve their health

Richer Lives

Why a car makes a difference: When parents have long commutes and are pressed for time, children from low-income families are much less likely to play on sports teams and participate in special activities. Restricted by the route and schedule of public transit, parents are unable to take their children to practice on time or pick their children up from after-school activities such as tutoring or sports. When parents own a car, it opens up opportunities for their families that weren’t previously possible. 

VFC FAMILIES

98%

Took children to after-school activities

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87%

Took children to athletics, art or music activities

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55%

Volunteered in the community

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75%

Attended religious services