Zipcar Lends Cars to Help DC's Homeless
These cuts have already mobilized the organizations that fight to protect the city's poor, and are about to help mobilize companies that are not into social services lend a hand to those in need. At the request of Thrive DC, one of the most active non-profits that provide services for homeless people, car sharing company Zipcar agreed to lend some of its vehicles to help gather and deliver donations. In return for the help received, Thrive will recommend its members to use their reserved Zipcars to pick up donated food from various locations throughout the city.
"Zipcar is all about being local, and we're proud to make positive changes within our community by working with organizations like Thrive DC," said Ellice Perez, general manager, Zipcar DC.
According to Thrive, America's capital currently houses 6,500 homeless people. Most of them relied on shelters for single individuals to survive the night, but because of the budget cuts, those shelters are targeted for closure starting April 1, 2012. Thrive is currently running a campaign meant to ask the city officials to increase the 2012 spending for homeless services by $20.5 million.
"We're thrilled that community-conscious corporations like Zipcar are able to provide services and goods; thus making a tremendous difference in our ability to serve the neediest in Washington," said Thrive DC's Executive Director Alicia Horton.