The Bucks County Opportunity Council (BCOC) recently accepted the 50th vehicle into their Wheelz2Work program.
Since 2015, BCOC has operated the Wheelz2Work Program, taking donated used vehicles and giving them to clients in its Economic Self-Sufficiency Program.
Wheelz2Work is a partnership of BCOC, Bucks County Community College, and the Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund. Funding for the program has also been provided by Univest Bank and Trust Co., Al Brown, the Doylestown Rotary Club, and Foundations Community Partnership.
BBack Car Care in Doylestown partners with BCOC to provide free evaluations and recommendations to BCOC; Joe Davis AutoSport in Perkasie has donated six cars over the last few years that they bought from customers and fixed up for BCOC clients.
“The Wheel2Work program has been a vital piece of our mission,” explained Eileen Albillar, Volunteer and Community Connections Manager at the Opportunity Council who runs the program. “It has been a lifeline for clients who have been derailed from pursuing additional education or jobs because of unreliable transportation.”
A recent car was donated to Quakertown resident Lazare, a father of three, who works full-time in manufacturing on the 3:00 to 11:00pm shift.
Lazare was using services like Uber to get to and from work, and to medical appointments, which was extremely expensive and inefficient, but he had no other options, until BCOC stepped in.
According to BCOC, the access to transportation is one of the major barriers to fighting poverty here in Bucks County.
There is still a growing need for donated used cars to the Wheelz program.
Cars are given to clients based on the availability of donated vehicles, and recipients must have resources and insurance to take ownership of a car.
Donors may claim a tax deduction for their donation, as a value greater than a trade-in.
For more information about how to donate a car or assist the Wheelz2Work Program, visit www.bcoc.org/support-us/wheelz2work/ or contact Eileen Albillar at BCOC, 215-345-8175, ext. 209, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.