The mission of Drive-To-Work is to assist low income and previously incarcerated persons to restore their drivers’ licenses so they can drive to work and keep a job. We provide the legal services of attorneys to eligible individuals to remove the causes of their license suspensions. With their licenses restored, individuals are able to obtain and retain jobs previously off limits to them, thus improving their individual incomes and social status and converting many persons from burdens on their communities to contributors to society. Drive-To-Work is the only firm, program or organization in Virginia (and perhaps elsewhere) providing assistance of this type and on this basis.
1. Restoring the driving privileges for hundreds of working people. Since Drive-To-Work began in 2007, it has received over 9,511 applications for services, served 1,398 clients and restored driving privileges for 489 individuals (as of December 2014). Few charitable causes can show such concrete and beneficial outcomes. When you consider, for example, the "unskilled helper" making $8.00 an hour who moved up to master plumber at $18.50 just by getting his license back, it is easy to see the positive benefit for individuals.
2. Obtaining five legislative changes to Virginia law authorizing restricted licenses, which permit suspended drivers to drive to and from work and keep their jobs. As a result, they are able to earn money to support their families, pay fines and child support and meet their other obligations.
My father was a wise country lawyer. He would often say "I can treat you fairly or equally, but not both." He argued for "Second Chances" when the client's remorse was real and their commitment to redemption solid. I like to think that both concepts are reflected in Drive-To-Work's ethos. Every client gets a fair shake. But every person and each case is different. The services are customized to the person and his circumstances. Importantly, it is a partnership where those seeking a second chance get a "hand-up" and not simply a "hand-out." The more efforts Drive-To-Work clients put into restoring their driver's license - the higher the chance is that they will succeed. Our role is to enable that successful second chance.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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