Car repair

Springfield seeks more money for its program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Workforce Development Department will apply for a $60,000 grant to help workers and job seekers overcome transportation barriers that prevent them from drive to work.

Springfield City Council approved the grant application at Monday night’s meeting. Funding will come from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

The program is called Let’s Get to Work.

“The Department of Workforce Development received $30,000 from CFO earlier this spring to help meet the transportation needs of the community. Since then, we have served over 30 candidates,” Workforce Development Manager Sally Payne said in a press release. “Of the 30 or so recipients, the majority were from Greene County. Additionally, candidates were also served in Dallas, Polk, and Webster counties. The majority of requests were for gas cards and car repairs,” Payne added.

The Let’s Get to Work initiative offers money for things like car repairs and maintenance, gas cards, and money for bus passes or ride-sharing services. It also helps pay for bike repairs or vehicle taxes and fees.

Those interested in applying for transportation assistance can call the Missouri Job Center at 417-887-4343.