5th Annual Transit Pass Drive

You can provide reliable and safe transportation for a client on their way to a job interview, a senior who needs to get to a medical appointment, or a parent dropping their kids off at school when their car breaks down.

Something as simple as a CTA bus card can make a world of difference for the children, families, and seniors at Marillac St. Vincent. Join our #GivingTuesday campaign HERE and help a neighbor in a time of need.

Giving Tuesday and MSV's Transit Pass Drive

What started as a small campaign at a New York City nonprofit in 2012, #GivingTuesday has now gone global and inspired millions around the world to give back to their communities. Over the last 8 years, #GivingTuesday has raised over $1 billion in online donations in the United States alone. Officially celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, it follows the shopping sprees of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

On Tuesday, December 3, Marillac St. Vincent Family Services will once again participate in this global movement for the 6th year in a row. We use this opportunity to shed light and raise funds for a resource many of us may take for granted, access to reliable transportation.

For many, public transportation can sometimes be the only way to get to and from school, work, doctor’s appointments, grocery stores, and other daily destinations. On an average weekday in Chicago, over 1.5 million people board a CTA bus or train.

Thousands more rely on PACE and paratransit services to get where they need to go. Yet, according to a study by the Brookings Institution, only 22.8% of Chicago-area residents can reach their jobs using public transportation in 90 minutes or less.

Since Marillac St. Vincent began participating in #GivingTuesday, our family support, youth, community outreach, and senior services programs have been able to utilize the funds raised for emergency situations when the cost of transportation is a barrier for individuals experiencing hardship. Access to reliable transportation can limit or expand opportunities for people. It provides access to jobs, food, healthcare, school; it also allows our friends and neighbors to participate in social, religious, or cultural events.

This #GivingTuesday, we hope you’ll invest in your friends and neighbors in Chicago who pass through Marillac St. Vincent’s doors. Together, we can move one step closer to achieving our vision of ending the cycle of poverty.

Don’t want to wait for December 3rd? You can make a contribution to our transportation fund today!



  • “Annual Ridership Report Calendar: Year 2018.” Chicago Transit Authority, 2018.
  • Chetty, Raj and Nathaniel Henderson. “The Impacts of Neighborhoods on Intergenerational Mobility.” Quarterly Journal of Economics, vol 133, 2018.
  • Tomer, Adie, et al. “Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America.” Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings Institution, 2011.
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    2859 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612
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    212 S. Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL 60612
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    2145 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614