Nonprofits that work with clients, regardless of employment status, who identify transportation issues as impeding their ability to get and keep jobs can access funds through the CFO’s online grant application process.
Individuals should ask the nonprofit agency that is assisting them or their employer to request funds to assist with transportation-related needs.
To apply for a grant from the Let’s Get to Work Fund, agencies must be within the 14-county area of southwest Missouri where the service areas of the CFO and United Way of the Ozarks overlap:
Funds can be used for needs such as:
The Let’s Get to Work Fund developed through a series of donor-education events exploring ways that philanthropy can support workforce development. Three panel discussions featuring representatives from the business community, service-oriented nonprofits and workforce development organizations identified three obstacles to employment: workplace flexibility, access to child care and transportation-related barriers. To address the transportation portion of the issue, the CFO established the Let’s Get to Work Fund with generous support from donors David and Stacey O’Reilly and the O’Reilly Charity Golf Classic Fund. Donors can help extend the assistance provided by the fund by giving to the fund.