Holiday Bus Ticket Drive

2017 Holiday Bus Ticket Drive with Jackie Poulsen and Christy Wegener

Jacky Poulsen (left) with Christy Wegener, Director of Planning for LAVTA, work together on ticket donations (Photos – Doug Jorgensen, The Independent News)

This season we kick off the second annual Bus Ticket drive to help provide much needed transportation for members of our community who have no other form of transportation, and cannot afford to purchase tickets. Last year’s drive resulted in almost 4,000 bus tickets! Many thanks to all who donated! The tickets were given to local organizations that provide direct services to help these folks: Livermore Homeless Refuge, Tri-Valley Haven, Open Heart Kitchen, Partners for Change, and Asbury United Methodist Church. They in turn distributed the tickets to those most in need. Though 4,000 tickets seems like a lot, it actually only averages about five round trips daily throughout the year. Unfortunately the need is far, far greater. So this year we are striving for even more!

Here is a note written by Donna McKenzie of Livermore Homeless Refuge, after receiving the bus tickets. The references to “you” are to all the wonderful people who donated to last year’s ticket drive.

As I watched our homeless friends leave the shelter this morning, with bus pass clutched in their hand, I thought of YOU! It was raining and they must carry all their belongings with them. Had it not been for you and your very generous gift of bus passes, these folks would have been soaked. Once wet, they are wet all day.

Today is a holiday and many go to the library which is closed today. Life is difficult for them and especially on a day like today.  You, my friend, made life a little easier for them.
I hope you know how much it means to them – and to me! I am so very grateful to you.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you again.

This year again, Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) is generously matching 50% of donations up to a total of $1500. That will enable us to purchase an additional 937 tickets!

Donations can be made in the following ways:

  1. Online (use the form below)
  2. Send a check, made out to Asbury United Methodist Church, with “BUS TICKETS” on the memo line. Mail to: Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550.
  3. If you prefer to donate actual tickets, they can be sent to the above address as well. Just please note that any purchased tickets will not be eligible for LAVTA’s matching offer.

Please include an email address so we can acknowledge your donation and attach a tax receipt.

Donations of any amount are welcome and very much appreciated! 100% of all donations will be used to directly buy bus tickets for this drive. The cost is $16 for a packet of 10 tickets (5 round trips). Note that using the online credit card form has a small courtesy fee added to cover the credit card fees so 100% of your donation goes to support the program.

Bus Ticket Pack of 10

Order packs of 10 bus tickets (5 round trips) for Livermore's homeless to be able to get around during inclement weather.
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