Organized by: Meighan Cole
The purpose and goal of our fundraiser is to acquire a fleet of vehicles at low cost or to have vehicles donated for the under-served and desolate areas outside of Chicago. Rural areas with Chicagoland area suffer from lack of transportation services. Currently, the elderly, disabled, and children, and those that fall into the aforementioned categories, suffer disproportionately because of inadequate transportation, and programs. Operation DRIVE will focus on the three aforementioned populations to foster self-sustainability and promote independence. Donating to Operation DRIVE will help bridge the gap between those in urban and rural areas and allow them to access basic amenities which will improve their quality of life.
Operation DRIVE will provide transportation for those urban areas with high growth rates concentrated in the suburbs and the surrounding communities, which are distant from services and jobs. The elderly are often a forgotten population in transportation planning. As baby boomers move into retirement age, the seven communities outside of Cook County have few responses to the phenomenon of automobile drivers over the age of 65 which implement various strategies to improve transportation alternatives for seniors who want to reduce or eliminate driving. With the number of elderly steadily increasing, a large percentage of this population will become disabled due to physical frailty caused by the effects of aging. Adults and/or children with special needs are a diverse group, ranging from those with down syndrome or other learning disabilities, to those with sensory impairments or emotional problems. Those with severe or multiple disabilities, need a company that places priority on service quality, including the comfort of the journey and its reliability and punctuality.
Most transportation planning focuses on implementing new programs, such as creating new low cost-no cost transportation options, and starting new community based shuttle services in and around Chicagoland. Services outside of Chicago are limited or do not meet the needs of the greater community because of routing, limited times, and schedules. Driving on Purpose with Operation DRIVE speaks to the most vulnerable members of society, the elderly, the disabled, children, and veterans, those living below poverty levels, the voices that are often silenced or ignored. This road is often less traveled because it is difficult and requires a special type of person to take on that task and improve their quality of life. So, therefore, we choose to take the road less traveled, and it will make all the difference. Ask yourself who's really helping service our forgotten generations? Our mission is to restore our forgotten populations, and your kind donations would be greatly appreciated it to help us build our dream of keeping the less fortunate first.