Continued Growth of TFT Operations
As anticipated, fundraising during 2018 depended more on the receipt of grants from foundations and trusts, with eight grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,482. The percentage of money raised from grants, as a percentage of the total raised, went from 22% in 2017 to 72% in 2018.
Second Program Launched
TFT launched its second program, the Job Fare Kit, in April. This program provides a 31-day WRTA bus pass in a kit (packaged in a large brown envelope), which also contains a voucher for a free haircut and several other cards and pages with information that is useful to a person of low income or no income who is starting a new job. So far, the people receiving these kits have been unemployed an average of 18 months. As you would expect, being able to take the bus to work and earn a couple of pay checks before being on their own for transportation is greatly appreciated. Demand for the kits has been lower than originally estimated, but is getting stronger.