Reducing transportation barriers to employment
One of the top barriers employers, the workforce and nonprofits face each day is reliable transportation.
“When we visit with CEOs around the community, there’s a consistent thread of what their No. 1 pain point is, and it’s talent attraction and retention,” says President and CEO Greg Burris. “And one of the top barriers to work and education we hear about consistently is transportation. Access to transportation is something that many of us take for granted."
Read about a Springfield mom overcoming a transportation barrier in Springfield News-Leader Find Your Cause transportation edition.
How funds can be used
We work with agencies that serve individuals who face transportation-related barriers in obtaining or maintaining employment. Funds may be used for needs such as:
- Car repairs.
- New tires.
- Gasoline cards.
- Licensing fees or taxes.
- Transportation services such as bus passes, ride-sharing services or taxis.
- Purchase or repair of bikes/e-bikes.
- Vehicle purchase down payments.
Access to funds
The transportation fund supports nonprofit organizations within United Way of the Ozarks’ 14-county service area. These organizations work with individuals who need assistance. Individuals with transportation-related needs are required to work with their case manager to apply for assistance.