Stop. Insufficient Funds.
You've probably seen this message before. You're rushing to work and forgot to put money on your Ventra card. You take a few minutes to add more and go on with your day. For many low-income Chicagoans, however, it's not that simple.
For the fifth year in a row, MSV decided to use Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, to shed light and raise funds for a resource many of us take for granted, access to reliable transportation.
You supported this effort.
You supported people like Semaj, who takes the bus every day to drop her son off at school and go to work. She is expecting another child soon, and feels more grateful than ever to be able to take public transportation to the grocery store and doctor’s appointments to keep her family healthy.
You supported people like Aaron, who recently came out of retirement to take custody of his two grandsons. On a fixed income, navigating parenthood all over again was a struggle for Aaron and taking public transportation was the easiest way to manage school and events for the boys. He needed a little help and you provided it on Giving Tuesday.
Because of your generosity this year, MSV raised almost $9,000 that will provide 2,981 public transit rides to people experiencing hardship, to your friends and neighbors in Chicago.