United Way, MTA pass out 10,000 free bus ride passes

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FLINT (WJRT) (12/4/2017) - Transportation for hundreds of people in Mid-Michigan is getting a bit easier this holiday season.

The United Way of Genesee County is partnering with the Mass Transportation Authority to hand out 10,000 single ride bus passes to local nonprofit organizations.

The United Way of Genesee County just contributed 5,000 bus passes to community organizations in addition to the MTA's 5,000 as part of the Holiday Wish list program.

Seven organizations received the donated bus passes and will distribute them to clients who need a bus ride. This includes transportation to shelters, access to fresh foods, employment and doctors appointments.

The need for affordable transportation extends beyond the seven organizations that received the passes. The MTA and United Way hope the matching contributions will help kickstart other organizations to do the same.

"Every day at these basic needs agencies, folks come in and, quite frankly, they find themselves in desperate situations where they've got to get from one place to another to get those basic needs met. Having the ability to have some bus passes available makes it a lot more convenient for them," said Jaimie Gaskin, CEO of the United Way of Genesee County.

The agencies that received the bus passes are the Clio Human Service Fund, FARR, Catholic Charities, Carriage Town Ministries, My Brother's Keeper, the Salvation Army and the Shelter of Flint.

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