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In 2017, 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 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.

 

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.

 

JUMP alone in 2016 distributed over $24,000 in Gas Card Vouchers to families in need; a service no other local non-profit provides.

 

Last year, JUMP distributed 5426 in vouchers valued at $88,788. 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 $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


Northfield Savings Bank and General Dynamics EmployeesCommunity Action Council award JUMP Pilot Funding

JUMP is pleased to announce the Northfield Savings Bank of Vermont (NSBVT) $500 and General Dynamics EmployeesCommunity Action Council (ECAC) $1,500 have awarded funding to successfully launch August 1st, the 12- month new Gas Card distribution system pilot. The pilot will further expand transportation assistance locations to better support low income families and individuals with gas transportation needs named the Gas Card Project (GCP).  

 

JUMP statistics revealed, 42% of all clients request Gas Vouchers valued at $25,000 annually to help eliminate transportation barriers. Without the resources to purchase gas to get to employment and job interviews, a doctor’s appointment, school or the grocery store, life can be exceedingly challenging and manifest into multiple hardships.  Emotionally, the lack of affordable accessible transportation often leave working poor families unable to maintain a healthy balanced lively hood and emotional wellbeing.

 

Uniquely addressed by JUMP, no other local or county front-line non-profit community partner provide Gas Cards or Gas Vouchers to neighbors in need in such reoccurring volume. NBSVT and ECAC funding will help GCP effectively expand to 10 community partner transportation assistance locations and increase access from 3 to 17 gas locations to better support working poor families with transportation needs throughout Chittenden County and beyond.

 

For 150 years, the NSBVT have unselfishly given to Vermont communities…to paraphrase NSBVT “because we’re are part of the community.” Similarly, General Dynamics EmployeesCommunity Action Council have demonstrated a long-standing tradition of supporting local organizations committed to making a difference.

 

Grateful, JUMP Director Wanda Hines stated, “Once again, tried and true…together we can make a difference. Thank you NSBVT and ECAC for helping increase transportation access one step at a time to increase mobility, economic relief and the chance for a better life.”

 

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