The Force is with them-but the transporter is missing!
Organized by: Andrea Romanczyk
I have two very hardworking girls who are off to college in the fall, which has been no easy feat! They just graduated high school, both already with their CNA license and have both worked hard all through high school. Unfortunately though, they both worked as cadets in the Police and Fire departments; these were great jobs that gave them the start on their career paths, invaluable experience and provided unmatched education in their fields. The problem is that the pay was very nominal, almost volunteer status which barely covered their daily expenses. My one daughter found her passion with the Fire Department and has already become a certified EMT, has taken her Fire I and Hazmat class through the college and wants to continue on to become a Firefighter/Paramedic. She has enrolled in college to continue that career. My other daughter has found her passion in Psychology, has taken classes at another college during high school and is continuing on with that field this fall. As a single income mom, I struggled to find a way to get them both into college and was thrilled to finally work out the first year of college through Pell Grants and the girls getting small scholarships. It was a load off my mind for sure! The issue now is that my Firefighter to be works about 40 hours per week, being paid only a maximum of 4 hours. She needs to stay where she is for the training and education along with the chance of a permanent position once she finishes school. The other is looking for part time work as her job only lasts until they graduate high school + a month or so. We live in an area that is not easily accessible by public transportation to the schools and work. (it would take over 2 hours each way with several changes just to get to the colleges and some nights not possible at all) On top of that, We are all driving very old cars with over 150k miles) that are in the shop more than out, and definitely not reliable! We are being nickel and dimed to death with them and no way to replace them. We come from a very small family (only myself, my 3 girls and my mother) and have no other family to turn to for help. Myself, I work full time and make ends meet but just don't have the income to do this myself. Transportation is very, very important as we are all taking care of my disabled mother in addition to our work and school. We are not looking to buy some brand new expensive cars, only to get the girls something dependable and reliable to get where they need to go. As their schools are about 40 miles apart and their jobs quite a distance from home, it has been impossible for them to share rides, so we are in need of 2 cars. We have looked around and know that to get something that is going to be reliable and get them through the next year or two, we will need about $4,000 for each car. I appreciate any help we can get to get these two off to college safely! final note: as the cars have really no re-sale value or trade in value, we are planning to donate the cars to the Kidney Foundation or the Make-A-Wish Foundation.