Tasks For Transit Launches its Second Program, the TFT Job Fare Program

April 2018: This month, Tasks for Transit Inc. (TFT) launched its second program, the TFT Job Fare Program. The Job Fare Program is intended to help individuals who are starting a new job and won't see a paycheck until the third week.


Tasks For Transit Launches its Second Program, the TFT Job Fare Program

This month, Tasks for Transit Inc. (TFT) launched its second program, the TFT Job Fare Program. The Job Fare Program is intended to help individuals who are starting a new job and won’t see a paycheck until the third week. At the request of one of TFT’s partner charities, the new employee will be given a Job Fare Kit. The most important item in a kit will be a WRTA 31-day bus pass, which will allow the new employee to collect at least two paychecks, before having to allocate some of his or her earnings to on-going transportation. There will be other items in the Job Fare Kit that will provide both information and ways to save money. TFT’s intent is that as the program proceeds, the content of future Job Fare Kits will increase in value as more things are added to the kit.  
Currently, in addition to the bus pass, the kit contains:
  • WRTA schedules for the bus routes from the individual’s residence, through the WRTA hub and out to the job site.
  • A page entitled, “Tips for Bus Riders.”
  • A list of free health care clinics in the Greater Worcester area.
  • A list of many other “free” services in the area.
  • A list of food pantries and places to get a meal.
  • A voucher for a free haircut courtesy of Rob Roy Academy.
  • A flyer on the new Bank On Worcester County program of bank accounts for low income individuals.
  • A book, courtesy of YOU Inc. Worcester Community Connections Coalition, that lists all the services, by category, available to economically disadvantaged individuals who qualify.
The TFT Job Fare program will benefit the recipient, especially those who would have walked across Worcester for the first two weeks of the new job. It should be emphasized that Job Fare Kit recipients are individuals with no income or low income. These individuals often run out of money before the end of each month. Sometimes walking is their only alternative, even if it is six miles one way.  With a 31-day bus pass, there are no daily limits on the number of trips taken, so the new employee can more easily get to other appointments, thus improving his or her quality of life.
The TFT Job Fare Program also benefits employer because they will be assured that the new employee will more often be on time, rested and ready to work. By benefiting the employers, the Job Fare kit also helps the greater Worcester economy.
Tasks For Transit’s first program, the TFT Free Single-day WRTA Bus Pass Program, has been in operation since 2015 and will continue to operate indefinitely. TFT operates in a collaborative fashion through a network of partner charities (currently 22) that dispense free individual single-day WRTA bus passes, one at a time, to those in need. TFT gives each partner charity 10 day passes each month. It will use this same network of 22 partner charities to dispense its Job Fare kits in an “on-demand” basis. Tasks for Transit expect to distribute over 200 Job Fare Kits in 2018.
Through both of its programs, Tasks for Transit expects to dispense over $25,000 worth of bus passes to the economically disadvantaged in greater Worcester in 2018.

Stats from the March 2015 launch of Tasks for Transit through April 2018

Partner Charities
Bus Passes Dispensed

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