PHOENIX – Recently, Northwest Valley Connect received a $75,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to expand the capacity of its mobility hub program to meet special transit needs and build and retain a sustainable workforce.
“The NVC Board, staff and volunteers greatly appreciate the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Award,” said Julie Kent-Partridge, Board Chair. “This grant will allow us to provide essential access to public transit and resources for the elderly population living independently. with limited capabilities.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, NVC has joined with other organizations in the West Valley to respond to requests from community members for assistance while meeting the growing demand for transit services.
The demand for such services has increased dramatically for vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and people with disabilities, who are increasingly isolated.
Since 2014, NVC has been offered to more than 8,500 residents who are aging in place, people with disabilities, seniors 65 and older, and veterans without access to public transportation.
About 82% of journeys, or 10,000 to 12,000 per year, are for health and social services, such as dialysis, cancer treatments, pharmacies and food security.
Since its inception, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has supported programs and services for vulnerable populations and marginalized communities, funding $7.5 million in 2021 alone. To learn more about the Trust, visit ninapulliamtrust. org.
For more information about NVC and the Mobility Hub program, visit northvalleyconnect.org.
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust,
Northwest Valley Connection