Women With Drive Foundation is not about transportation.
It’s about mobility.
We represent a strategic component of a collaborative effort among many community partner agencies to provide a systemic solution to generational poverty. The car just happens to be the tool to getting women where they want to go.
The woman who pilots it is the vehicle for achieving her life’s ambitions.
The number one reason welfare to work programs fail is lack of reliable transportation. Women With Drive Foundation works with public and private organizations to identify and vet participants who have taken ownership of their lives’ trajectory. We invest in women who have overcome their own inertia and are willing to partner in their development.
The car is the stabilizing variable within her equation of independence. Having autonomy through a private vehicle anchors, magnifies and leverages all of the other efforts of our partner agencies.
- Mileage reimbursements alone don’t cut it. If you don’t have a car, what good is a stipend?
- Busses don’t always run on time or to the areas where jobs are available.
- Taxis consume a disproportionate amount of a transportation allocation within a budget.
- Family members and friends have their own schedules and families to transport.
When we work in concert with other agencies that provide training for financial literacy, job training, wardrobe supplementation, child care et al, women can stabilize their situation and build from a position of emerging strength. Furthermore, the intangible benefits women reap from the vote of confidence and responsibility is immeasurable, as evidenced from this feedback from a partner in a regional housing authority:
D. was in my office last week, and spoke about what a difference the car has made in her life. She was a different person than the shy, defeatist, underachiever I met a year ago. I knew getting a car would have a big impact on her ability to thrive financially, but I didn't expect the difference I saw in her spirit. Way to go! – Kaitlyn
Our participants are required to pay for the tax, title, licensing, insurance and fuel for their car. We pay for routine maintenance (oil changes, tires etc.) when performed within our authorized dealer network. These partners agree to help teach our participants the value of investing in their vehicle.
We are about capacity building.
We are about education.
We are about investing in women.
We are about mobility.
Transportation just happens to be the conduit through which we work. It is our goal to help women realize their intrinsic worth and to help them literally move forward as they reach their fullest potential and highest self.
Molly Cantrell-Kraig is a woman with drive. Possessing an innate sense of purpose and a pragmatic, solution-based approach to empowering people, she fused these two traits in order to establish Women With Drive Foundation. Based upon its founder’s personal history, Women With Drive Foundation is a means through which Cantrell-Kraig may effect change on both a micro and macro level. By providing women with something as essential as personal transportation in order to transition them from poverty to prosperity, she, through Women With Drive Foundation, seeks to empower women to help them help themselves. Through this action, the individual applicant benefits, as does society as a whole. In 2011, she served as a Roundtable Facilitator at the NextGen:Charity Conference in New York, NY; was one of four featured nonprofits at the SOBCon Conference in Chicago, IL; attended the Business Innovation Factory Conference in Providence, RI spoke on a panel titled, “Voices of Influence” along with four other women-led startups at TechWeek:2012 and will speak at PitchRefinery in Chicago this fall. Follow Molly on twitter as @mckra1g or @WWDr1ve (Women With Drive Foundation) or “Like” them on facebook.