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In 2018, 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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Ascension Lutheran Church —"Transportation Angel” Sponsor for month of September


JUMP Director Wanda Hines announced, the Ascension Lutheran Church has been named the "Transportation Angel” Sponsor for month of September. Lack of access to reliable transportation can be a barrier to the 45% working poor and low-income families who visit JUMP with transportation gas needs.


Clearly much needed, the Ascension Lutheran Church made a generous $1,000 donation to sponsor the transportation needs of 50% of working poor families and low income people throughout Chittenden County and Vermont during the month of September.


Asked why this is so important, Beth Dreibelbis; Member and JUMP Board of Directors shared, “One way Ascension Lutheran lives it’s beliefs is by supporting JUMP and it’s mission. Transportation is vital for everyone. We are happy to help with this unique aspect of JUMP’s mission. ”  


Last month, "Transportation Angel” Sponsor for month of September was Rick Robinson. Rick a longtime independent JUMP donor and member of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul donated $2500 to sponsor all client transportation assistance for the month of August.  He advocates JUMP educating and informing the community about transportation assistance needs, “I think you (JUMP) have a good idea about people being encouraged to be transportation sponsors or, to encourage a lot of people to raise $2,500.00 for a month of the year.” 


Last year…JUMP assisted more than 2,100 neighbors in need. They requested nearly 5500 vouchers valued at $98,000. The most requested voucher was for transportation gas assistance valued at $30,000 plus voucher assistance for Bus Passes and Bikes. Combined JUMP spent over $35,000 for transportation assistance to help the working poor and neighbors impacted by poverty.


Benefits of access to dependable transportation include: can maintain jobs, shorter waiting period for assistance, higher household income, able to accomplish more daily, improve quality of life, less stress, economic independence, increase employment opportunities, able to engage and contribute to community.


Celebrating a 30-year milestone, JUMP is asking faith communities, businesses, partners and independent donors to please support the Gas Card Project and help match Ascension Lutheran Church forr $1,000. We invite you to become a “Transportation Angel” Sponsor for a remaining calendar month; September, October, November or December or select a month next year.


To learn more about the Gas Card Project and how to become a “Transportation Angel” visit JUMPs webpage “Go with Gas Card Project”

CELEBRATING Our 30th Year...Because of you!”
Because of you, what was started in 1988 by 5 downtown Burlington faith communities has grown to include support from 28 Vermont faith communities, key funding from hundreds of people like you, and vital sponsorship and dollars from businesses and foundations.

Because of you, JUMP continues to be a dependable reliable resource for neighbors in search of essential basic needs ranging from transportation, food/groceries, clothing, utilities, laundry, ID’s, prescription co-pay, personal hygiene, and cleaning items.

Please, join JUMP in 2018 as we CELEBRATE our 30th anniversary and prepare for another 30 years of creating caring communities.

More importantly, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU and please help spread the word about our yearlong celebration made possible all because of you.

Yours In Community,
Wanda Hines; Director