One major challenge many single moms face is the need for reliable transportation.
Single moms who struggle financially can’t always afford the high costs of car maintenance or monthly car payments.
As a result, many single moms seek out transportation assistance.
I know the reality of being a single mom in need of transportation assistance, all too well!
When I was a newly single mom, I was in an accident which totaled my car. (Thankfully, my son was not in the car!)
There was no discretionary cash in my account to purchase a used car. I wasn’t interested in getting into debt with a huge car loan. What I needed (besides reliable transportation), was the time to save money to purchase a car.
But every day without a car, I was not able to go to work, take my son to school, attend doctors appoints, go to the grocery store or go to church.
I was in such despair thinking how I would provide for my family without a reliable means of transportation.
If it wasn’t for the generosity of members of my church who loaned me a car until I could purchase my own, I would have been in serious trouble!
Unfortunately, few single moms have the support system I had.
Today, single moms can reach out to CarsforMoms, a charitable organization which offers transportation assistance for single moms in need!
I was fortunate to get an opportunity to interview Mattew Lisonbee, Vice President of CarsforMoms.
In the interview below, he provides insight into the mission of his organization and the ways in which they provide transportation assistance for single moms.
Hi, Matthew! Why did you start this organization? How has it grown or changed over time?
The idea started over a decade ago when Jon Doxey’s brother-in-law was killed in a freeway accident, widowing his sister who had seven children.
Jon then started trying to help single-moms get transportation, recognizing it is as a key to thriving.
I helped Jon on a couple of car giveaways. Then later offered to take the lead on founding an official IRS-recognized non-profit organization.
Fortunately, I have not had any tragedy in my family, but I have been in the service of close neighbors and friends who found themselves single and struggling to make ends. And in those situations, reliable transportation was always a fundamental concern, to ensure income and family success.
What is the vision of your organization?
Our goal is to reach a level of awareness and fundraising that we can give away multiple cars a week and support other families with car repairs and free transit.
Can you tell me about the work your organization does and the program or programs you run?
Much of our focus is on securing cars we can gift to single-mom families in need. Auto repair is great is it can mean a quicker way to help with fewer logistics. Transit passes are another avenue by which we help, but they tend to be more of a temporary fix or best suited for large metropolitan areas.
What do you think your constituents or beneficiaries would say is the best thing about your organization?
What I hear from single-moms we’ve helped is that the car has given them freedom and a tool to become self-reliant.
What are some of the accomplishments or success stories of your organization?
One woman earned a scholarship, but her car broke down and she couldn’t get to school to take advantage of it. Once we gave her a car she could then get a better education to get a better job for her family.
One woman was able to go five minutes further up the highway to find a job, where she couldn’t find one near her apartment before.
One woman was able to get the healthcare she needed because the car we gave her allowed her to consistently get to the doctor. A serious issue was found and addressed because of it.
And there are other stories of women finding and keeping employment because of transportation we were able to provide.
What are your goals for the next three to five years? What priorities will help you achieve them? What barriers are in your way?
We are located in Utah. We have already done giveaways outside of our state. We want to be able to find, repair, and get cars to women across the nation with greater ease.
We need volunteers to help with logistics. And like any charitable endeavor, we rely on donations from individuals and corporations to make things happen.
Tell me about the fundraiser for Mother’s Day? What are your goals and how do you plan to achieve them?
We’re running a fundraiser for the month of May, in honor of Mother’s Day. Our goal is to generate enough funds to giveaway 50 cars this summer.
We are mostly relying on good people to spread the word through social media about our Mother’s Day fundraiser raffle.
How can my readers participate and/or contribute to your fundraiser?
Is there anything that you wish more people knew about your organization or the issues you are trying to solve?
It’s great to give a family a meal or gifts during the holidays. But those things can’t affect a real and lasting change.
Transportation is a gift that allows a single-mom to take advantage of employment and educational opportunities to then provide for her family without having to completely rely on others.
It is a tool for self-reliance and self-dignity. It can change a family for good.
Thank you, Matthew, for taking the time to connect with me!
The most poignant point (of many) made by Matthew in this interview, is that transportation is a tool that offers self-reliance and self-dignity to a single mom!!
I hope you enjoyed this interview. Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!
For more information about CarsforMoms, please visit their website@ www.carsformoms.org.
Or visit them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carsformoms/
You may also, follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carsformoms.org/
Please consider supporting CarsforMoms in their efforts to offer transportation assistance for single moms!