DO I QUALIFY TO RECEIVE A CAR?
Are you on the road to self-sufficiency but struggle with transportation? Are you ready to gain access to better employment opportunities and want to enjoy personal independence? Women With Drive Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals who want to work to help themselves by providing safe, reliable cars and a chance for an improved life.
- To qualify for a car through WWDF, all individuals must meet the following criteria:
- You must have a job or verifiable job offer.
- You must be currently accepting state benefits (ie. WIC, ADC, Food Stamps)
- You must be insurable. No DWIs or DUIs on your driving record.
- You must not have any other vehicle in the household.
- You must be drug free and no extensive criminal background.
- Able to pay for your insurance and fees for taxes, registration and title.
- Under the age of 25, you must have parental responsibilities.
NOTE: If you are currently receiving state benefits and own clear title to your vehicle, you may qualify to receive assistance from WWDF. Approved applicants must sign over title to their vehicle in exchange for WWDF asssuming the cost of maintaining your vehicle. In order to find out if you qualify, please download and fill out all of theapplication information within this pdf form. PLEASE use our Contact Us tab to the left if you have any questions. Thank you.
HOW DO I APPLY TO RECEIVE A CAR?
Applications are available online by downloading and printing the available pdf form. Please fill out your information, and mail it to our office: NOTE: at present, we are only accepting applications and awarding cars in Chicago, IL. If you are outside this area, please email us and let us know where you are. This helps us to determine where our next chapters should be located. Thank you.
208 W. Second St. Ste 213, Muscatine, IA 52761
Be sure to fill your application out COMPLETELY. Make sure that your case number and caseworker’s signature are included. Also, be sure to attach three letters of references (ie. former/current employers, teachers, friends). Due to the volume of applications received, incomplete applications WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AND YOU WILL NOT BE NOTIFIED IF YOUR APPLICATION IS REJECTED.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM APPROVED?
Once your completed application is received, you will be contacted by our staff to verify your situation. We review applications monthly and distribute cars to qualifying applicants as available.
HOW DO I DONATE MY CAR?
First, please contact our vendor partner, Curry’s Automotive by calling 563-264-8527 to set an appointment. Please download, print and fill out these IRS forms as completely as possible and bring them with you when donating your vehicle. Having this paperwork done first will help speed your donation process at your appointment time. Neither Curry’s Automotive nor Women With Drive Foundation staff members are tax experts or advisors. Please consult with your tax advisor to accurately determine your potential tax deduction.Thank you!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Simply stated, we want to help women help themselves by bringing clarity and focus to their situation. By providing a woman with a car, we are taking the very real immediate pressure off her shoulders, enabling her to have the energy to focus on addressing her individual barriers to independence. Here’s how it works:
- Participant is approved after filling out our Application Form. If you would like to apply, you may download, print and fill out this form. NOTE: INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE REJECTED AND THE APPLICANT WILL NOT BE NOTIFIED. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO FILL OUT ALL INFORMATION, AND INCLUDE ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION – INCLUDING REFERENCES.
- Using the results from her application, a program officer from WWDF conducts a thorough assessment of the Participant which is designed to reveal her individual barriers to independence (for example: does she need more education? financial training?).
- A WWDF program officer sits down with the Participant to design a two year plan designed to address the barriers revealed by the assessment. In creating this plan, WWDF uses existing resources and organizations already in place within the community in order to increase efficiencies and eliminate redundancies in services. We don’t want to reinvent wheels if they already exist!
- Over the course of these two years, the Participant continues to check in with a WWDF program officer both weekly and monthly to review her progress. Accountability to herself and the program are essential to her success.
- Participants graduate from our program when they have achieved their goals at stated within their Assessment and Plan. As a baseline, WWDF uses the Federal Self-Sufficiency Index to provide a general measurement of sufficiency.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
At present, our Articles of Incorporation limit our operations to the State of Iowa. However, WWDF has had requests to open chapters in other states. In order to help us determine future locations, we ask that you send us an email via the Contact Us tab to the left on this page. Please put “CHAPTER LOCATION REQUEST” in your first sentence. Thank you!