Helping those who help others: LifeWire

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Last month, LifeWire, a Bellevue based non-profit and leading domestic violence agency in the State of Washington and King County received a “retired” King County van from Councilmember Balducci.

Since 1982, LifeWire has delivered groundbreaking and life-saving programs to more than 131,000 domestic violence survivors and their children living in King County. Through survivor-centered advocacy services, award-winning homelessness prevention programs and innovative social change work, LifeWire helps ensure families affected by violence and abuse get the help and support they need to lead healthier, safer and more stable lives.

“We are thrilled to receive this Metro Transit van donation from King County Councilmember, Claudia Balducci,” said Barbara Langdon, LifeWire Executive Director. “The van will provide critical transportation services for LifeWire’s domestic violence survivors and their families — to doctor’s appointments, court hearings, day care and many other locations on the Eastside. Together, we are helping families regain independence after experiencing violence and abuse. We are grateful for King County’s consistent support of families in need in our community.”

Since 1995, the County Council has donated vans from Metro’s Vanpool to local cities and nonprofit organizations to provide transportation for low-income, elderly, youth and disabled residents. The vans are part of a fleet of county vehicles that have been “retired” after accruing a certain number of miles.

Recipients of the vans must meet specific requirements, including outlining detailed plans for using the van, ability to provide quality and trained drivers and assurance that the van will be available to assist persons without regard to affiliation with any particular organization.

The vanpool program provides mobility for a diverse array of King County residents, supports the positive work of various local organizations and relieves traffic congestion by reducing the need for single-occupancy vehicles. Interested organizations can contact the County Council member representing their district for more information on applying for a vehicle.