Electric vehicles to benefit more nonprofits in Fresno County
When serving immigrant families in the Central Valley, some Fresno-based nonprofits have faced transportation challenges to provide services such as education opportunities, immigration assistance, civic engagement or social services to rural communities.
“The needs that exist across the region are immense,” said Dr. Jesús Martínez, executive director of the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC).
Martínez said that one of the main challenges that immigrant families face is that most of the agencies providing services to them are based in the large towns in the valley.
“It is important that agencies like ours can afford to transport our staff members and also organize events in collaboration with local organizations,” Martínez said.
And thanks to a donation from Electrify America and Valley Clean Air Now, Martínez and his team at CVIIC would have the means to better serve these communities.
CVIIC was one of four local nonprofits that received the keys to one of five vehicles donated by Electrify America and Valley CAN as part of efforts to increase access to zero emission transportation in areas rural.
“We selected these organizations from the eight counties of the San Joaquín Valley,” said José Marín of Valley CAN, of the donation of five electric 2018 Volkswagen e-Golfs to local non-profit organizations.
Keys to each vehicle were handed over to nonprofits during a ceremony in the parking lot of the Mexican Consulate in Fresno on August 27. Over 50 vehicles have been donated by Electrify America and Valley CAN.
In addition to CVIIC, Fresno City College and the Education and Leadership Foundation each received one electric vehicle, while the LEAP Institute’s Green Raiteros program received two.
“We cannot do it alone. We need all the help we can get and we really appreciate the help that Valley CAN, Electrify America and the Mexican Consulate are giving us, ”said Raúl Moreno, Executive Director of the Education and Leadership Foundation. “We will continue to serve immigrants with your support. ”
Marin said the donation is an effort “to advance the message, advance the work they do and continue to serve those most affected within our disadvantaged communities.”
Chief Consul Adriana González Carrillo said donations to these nonprofits would support their efforts “to increase access to transport in zero-emission rural areas, thereby helping to build cleaner and healthier regions, but also to support those who work hand in hand with the people of the San Joaquin Valley who need help the most, many of them Mexican brothers and sisters.
Being able to have a zero-emission electric vehicle also puts small non-profit organizations like CIVIC and ELF in a better position to use new technologies.
“Many of us have children with asthma or other breathing problems, so we know the importance of keeping Central Valley’s air as clean as possible. And it’s very important to us small organizations, to have access to this technology, ”Martínez said.
For the LEAP Institute’s base in the rural community of Huron, the donation will increase the capacity of its electric vehicle ridesharing program which takes customers to appointments at multiple locations in Fresno, Madera, Kings and counties. Kern.
“These eGolf vehicles will help us increase the number of rides and other essential services that our communities desperately need,” said Aldo Javier García, of the LEAP Institute, adding that these vehicles would help the association to continue its mission. of social achievement. , economic and climate justice.