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
and volunteers along with front-line 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.
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
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.
JUMP alone in 2016 distributed over $24,000 in Gas Card
Vouchers to families in need; a service no other local non-profit provides.
year, JUMP distributed 5426 in vouchers valued at $88,788. Categories included:
Transportation, Household Goods, Food, Utilities, Laundry, Finance and
of Client efforts to move toward increase mobility and economic relief,
Transportation equated $29,768; 34% of JUMP vouchers assistance. 42% of all JUMP households/families requested transportation vouchers for gas.
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