From a January 11, 2022, Community Transit press release.
Community Transit awarded 12 surplus vans to local nonprofit organizations at its board of directors meeting last Thursday.
These groups will use the vehicles to provide transportation support for people all throughout Snohomish County.
The Van GO program earmarks retired Community Transit vanpool vans or paratransit vehicles that are otherwise sent to surplus auction.
The vans awarded this year will connect people in Snohomish County to legal services, allow kids to attend youth meetings and visit incarcerated parents, and help people grocery shop and visit a doctor, among other uses.
“The Van GO program helps community-based organizations with critical transportation needs,” said Community Transit CEO Ric Ilgenfritz. “By extending the life of these vehicles, this partnership extends the reach of non-profit groups serving people with diverse needs.”
This year, 42 nonprofit groups submitted applications. Recipients were chosen based on how they propose to use the vehicles to serve their communities.
This year’s 12 Van GO recipients are:
- Bethesda Lutheran Church (Mountlake Terrace)
- Evergreen Recovery Centers - LEAD Program (Everett)
- Faith Baptist Church (Arlington)
- The Foundation for Edmonds School District (Edmonds)
- Granite Falls Community Coalition (Granite Falls)
- Mari’s Place for the Arts (Everett)
- Mercy Watch (Mukilteo)
- Peoria Home (Everett)
- Project Girl Mentoring Program (Lynnwood)
- Stilly Valley Youth Dynamics (Arlington, Stanwood, Oso)
- Take the Next Step (Monroe)
- Vision Church (Everett)
Community Transit launched the Van GO program in 2000 and has awarded 170 vans and wheelchair lift-equipped paratransit vehicles to qualified 501(c)3 organizations.
These organization primarily serve residents of the Community Transit service area throughout Snohomish County. This includes incorporated cities and towns in Snohomish County, as well as the Tulalip Reservation and portions of unincorporated Snohomish County.
The Van GO concept has been duplicated by transit agencies in Washington State and throughout the country.
More information about the Van GO program is online www.communitytransit.org/vango.