We Need Your Help More Than Ever NOW!
Dear Volunteers, Supporters, and Friends of DFS,
At Drivers For Survivors (DFS), our Mission Statement is to provide supportive companionship with free transportation services to individuals who are going through challenging and fearful times. We exist to do all we can to help our clients by relieving at least some of the stress at a time, most cancer patients would likely agree, our supportive program is needed most. Our Motto is Delivering Compassion & Making a Difference, One Survivor at a Time.
DFS is presently facing a major financial challenge. We have been struggling to deal with the crippling impact of the loss of a substantial $140,000, annual government grant. This income stream covered close to half of our operation cost, which is obviously a tremendous hardship for DFS. Shortly thereafter this blow, COVID-19 happened and thwarted our growth compounded by the rescheduling of our signature gala from April 18th to August 14th (more details here) and other events that help fund this successful program. We are now looking to pivot quickly in order to continue to provide our services to our clients. Frankly, it has not been easy. We have had to rethink everything we do to maximize client and driver safety, to streamline our day-to-day operations, and to make sure that our limited financial resources meet this incredibly challenging moment.
As I write this letter, some restrictions on various businesses are slowly being lifted. There is hope on the horizon. But many of our longtime supporters are unable to contribute financially at the current time as they face unprecedented business and personal challenges – and this, presents us with the daunting prospect of how to proceed from here…
10 years ago, it was the kindness and support of people who believed in my vision for this new, essential service. Together, in December 2012, the program launched on a shoestring and steadily built up a network of caring, compassionate driver companions that have been partners in treatment providing over 21,000 rides throughout our service areas. Not to mention, countless weeks/months across the board of volunteerism since start-up of the organization.
We are passionate and committed to continuing the amazing, transformative work our mission requires. However, without your support, our continued operations are at serious risk.
Please, if you are able, your *donation at this time is absolutely critical.
We are grateful for your generosity and know that your support now will help us save even more lives going forward.
As always, my deepest personal thanks to you for your caring support of DFS.