Village Vans provides free transportation for employment-related activities to people with low incomes in the Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater greater urban areas. This includes but is not limited to:
- Your new job
- Job interviews
- Job training sites
- WorkSource Center
- Childcare Centers
Who Qualifies for Village Vans Service?
Any low-income person looking for work or beginning a new job can use the service. Call us to find out if you and your transportation needs qualify.
How Do I Schedule a Ride?
We provide transportation services Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To schedule a ride, call our 24-hour message line, 360-705-5840. You can reserve your free ride up to 15 business days in advance. Need a last-minute ride? Give us a call and we will try to fit you in.
Who Drives the Village Vans?
All of our drivers are volunteers! We recruit drivers from several employment support programs including the WorkFirst Community Jobs work-training program, the South Puget Sound Community College Customized Job Skills Training Course, the Senior Community Service Employment Programs at WorkSource, and others.
Individuals enrolled in other programs may enroll as well. Volunteers receive professional driver training, valuable work experience, continual skill development and job search coaching while working toward permanent employment.
Why is Village Vans Service Important?
Transportation is a primary barrier for low-income people in their search for economic independence. Many have found employment while using or driving Village Vans. The program is funded by federal and state grants and operates in partnership with most local social and public service agencies.