Engaging our community to end poverty


If you don’t have reliable transportation it is hard to make it to appointments, to a job or to pursue an education. It’s hard to get to after school activities and conferences for your children, to the doctor or dentist, to a park, a beach or even go on a vacation. Transportation opens up opportunities for you and your family.

JumpStart Duluth
Imagine what you could do if you didn’t have to deal with the hassle of bus schedules and arranging rides. We can help you purchase a safe, reliable, fuel-efficient car. Approved applicants are able to secure a low interest loan, down payment assistance and build a personal repair fund.

Being afraid to drive, old fines and fees, not having a driver’s license or a car—these are all things that can isolate your family and keep you from the opportunity to fully participate in your community. Our transportation coach can help you overcome these barriers.

Car Care Class
This 8 hour interactive call will help you get ready to own a vehicle or help you stay successful in car ownership. You’ll cover important topics of the costs of ownership, how to purchase, buying vs. leasing, financing options, auto insurance, maintenance and repairs and resources to help along the way. This course is offered every other month for 4 consecutive Wednesdays from 5-7pm.  RSVP is appreciated and is required for child care. Dinner is provided.

Would a bike help you get around and be more active? We provide refurbished bicycles, helmets, locks, water bottles and accessories. BikePlus participants get support, build community with fellow riders, and learn about and weigh in on important transportation policy and planning efforts that impact everyday life. Children are welcome to participate and bikes can be provided to them as well.

These resources are helpful when it comes to knowing more about insurance, car maintenance, winter driving, car seat safety and more.

How to connect
For more information, contact the transportation team:

Jenny Van Sickle—transportation program manager and Jumpstart—at 218.726.1665 ext. 220 or email her at jenny@communityactionduluth.org.

Susie Green—transportation coach, DRIVE and care car class—at 218.726.1665 ext. 221 or email her at susie@communityactionduluth.org.