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In 2016, JUMP will continue to explore community initiative’s which support shared effort and resources to reach out and meet families where they are at.


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“Transportation…a significant barrier”


Founded in 1988, families and individuals from Chittenden County and beyond continue to visit JUMP in need of everyday valued resources ranging from transportation, food/groceries, clothing, utilities, laundry, ID’s, prescription co-pay, personal hygiene and cleaning items. These are items many cannot purchased using the 3SquaresVT, Vermont's food stamp card.

 

Staff and volunteers along with frontline community partners provide various levels of support to clients with a broad range of needs, including those: recovering from drug addiction, re-entering society from prison, experiencing homelessness, facing sudden large medical expenses on a tight budget, joblessness, disability, entering American society for the first time as refugees, escaping abuse and painfully more.

 

Our goal is to remain an accessible dependable resource for economically disadvantaged neighbors in need as well as provide immediate solutions in the form of voucher assistance, comfort, empathy and thoughtfulness. A more pressing informed goal will be to increase access to reliable transportation to help neighbors maintain employment and eliminate multiple hardships

 

Thus, coming soon JUMP will launch a new initiative called the Gas Card Project (GCP).  The GCP is informed by what JUMP does well, what essential help we provide that other local non-profits do not: Gas voucher assistance for transportation.

 

In house stats support, JUMP alone in 2016 will distribute $30,000 in Gas Card Vouchers to families in need; a service no other local non-profit provides.

 

Last year, JUMP distributed 5357 in vouchers valued at $90,004. Categories included: Transportation, Household Goods, Food, Utilities, Laundry, Finance and Medication Co-pay.

 

Supportive of Client efforts to move toward increase mobility and economic relief, Transportation equated $31,889; 35% of JUMP vouchers assistance. The most requested transportation vouchers were gas for vehicles 1278; 29% valued at $26,308.

 

Gas voucher request accounted for 82% total of all transportation vouchers. Vital, Gas Card Vouchers are especially helpful when one considers the discrepancy between where clients live and where the jobs and other services offered to them are located. Without gas to get to an inter-view, a doctor’s appointment, school or the grocery store, life can be exceedingly challenging.

 

Ideally, we hope to serve as the sole administrator of the Gas Card Voucher Project once the benefits and risk to community partners are identified and addressed.


Until till then, we will soldier on “doing more with less” ensuring our neighbors essential transportation needs are met to help eliminate hardship and embrace a healthier tomorrow!


...Wanda Hines; Director


Fanny Allen Foundation awards JUMP Grant
Recently, the Fanny Allen Foundation Board of Directors unanimously awarded JUMP $10,000 to support the Drop In Center voucher program.

The generous award will help provide dependable transportation vouchers during the cold wintry months. Eliminating barriers to affordable transportation will help neighbors move toward economic choice and independence. Last year alone, JUMP distributed 5357 in vouchers valued at $90,004. Transportation equated 35% of JUMP voucher assistance,

Thanks to the Fanny Allen Foundation, we will continue to increase awareness about JUMP’s networking to bring need and resources together to ease hopelessness and find workable solutions.