Maine awards grants to support innovative workforce transportation
Governor Janet Mills has announced that almost $1 million in grants has been allocated from the Maine Jobs & Recovery…
A Waupaca County program was highlighted for giving workers more than just a lift to work. The program reached a milestone, offering more than 1,000 rides to and from work. It is supported by the Workforce Innovation Grant from WEDC and the Department of Workforce Development.
“We have helped a number of folks gain employment,” said Valerie Lefler, CEO and founder of Feonix-Mobility Rising, a national nonprofit which is helping run the Waupaca County Catch-a-Ride program. “We’ve helped folks maintain employment. We’ve helped people who are transplants from other states and afraid to drive on snow or ice get to work safely. We’ve also helped individuals who were unhoused living in a rural community get a job for the first time in years.”
The grant currently subsidizes rides so users pay just $3 per ride but to keep the program sustainable, partners will need to look for other revenue sources and new ways to support low-income riders.
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