Three area non-profit organizations received retired RideShare vans through DART’s van donation program on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.
The recipients are Latinas/Latinos Al Éxito, Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services and Helping Our Veterans with Everyday Living (HOVEL). This year, twelve organizations applied to receive vans.
The van donation program was started by the DART Board of Commissioners in 2014 to help meet transit needs of community organizations by donating RideShare vans that were being retired from DART’s fleet.
- Latinas/Latinos Al Éxito is an Iowa non-profit that provides programming to build the leadership potential of Latina/o youth through college preparation, career development, civic engagement, family support and celebration of culture. Al Éxito will use its van to help Des Moines area students get to programming and increase programming opportunities, including: traveling for college visits, supplemental educational events, statewide conferences and their normal weekly programing.
- Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services is a non-profit that helps the people they serve to maintain all aspects of their well-being so that they can lead healthy, productive lives as active community members. They plan to use their van to provide access to health and mental health services for residents of their residential care facility through community integration.
- Helping Our Veterans with Everyday Living (HOVEL) is a non-profit organization with a focus of assisting under-served veterans who lack the skills and resources to cope with everyday living. HOVEL will use their van to transport local veterans to employment, educational classes, medical appointments, other health services such as AA and NA, shopping trips and recreational activities.
For more information on DART's RideShare Program, click here.