About Us



  • Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch Winner – 2nd place


885 Vehicles Awarded and 763 Repairs

  • WEDU Be More Brilliant: AT&T Innovation Award


  • WEDU Be More Awards Finalist


  • Featured on Queen Latifah Show – 16 cars presented
  • WEDU Be More Awards Judges Choice Award


555 Vehicles Awarded and 532 Repairs

  • Tampa City Council Commendation
  • WEDU Be More Awards Finalist


  • Purpose Prize Fellow
  • Marigold Ideas for Good Finalist
  • Bay News 9 Volunteer Hero of the Year
  • Bay News 9 Everyday Hero (second time)


410 Vehicles Awarded and 427 Repairs

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero


  • WEDU Be More Award Finalist in four categories, including
  • Nonprofit of the Year2010 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Award
  • Featured in Bay Area Business Magazine, September/October issue
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Judges’ Choice Award, Nonprofit Agencies
  • Featured in Florida Trends, August issue
  • Featured in Woman’s World, July issue
  • Featured in Maddux Business Report, March/April issue
  • James Bruner Community Service Award – Rotary Club of Tampa Bay


Total of 280 Vehicles Given – 280 Other Services

  • Woman of the Year, Nonprofit Organizations – Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • CNN Hero of the Week
  • Featured on Larry King Live
  • Woman of the Year Finalist, Network of Executive Women


  • Winner of Innovative Business Plan Award (2nd place), Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
  • WEDU Be More Awards Finalist


35 Vehicles Given – 16 Repairs – 8 Other Services

  • President’s National Point of Light Award
  • Founder of Wheels of Success receives Points of Light Award
  • Wheels of Success will open its own car lot location through a partnership with DLT Wholesale
  • Goal for 2nd annual Labor Day car giveaway is to give 50 vehicles with the support of car dealerships in Hillsborough, Pinellasand Pasco counties
  • Goal for 2007 – 80 vehicles – 100+ families helped


45 Vehicles Given – 60 Families Helped

  • L’Oreal Inaugural Women of Worth Awards Semi-finalist
  • Media Kit put together with funds from Children’s Board and written by Springboard Strategies
  • Caspers Company/McDonalds is the first employer partner
  • 1st Annual Labor Day car giveaway (20 cars given out!)
  • Expansion to Pasco county, formed cooperative agreement with Sunrise of Pasco County
  • The Family Justice Center provides a permanent home for Wheels of Success
  • New logo designed by South Island Design to launch branding campaign


22 Vehicles Given – 35 Families Helped

  • Bay News 9 Everyday Hero
  • 1st e-newsletter sent with funds provided by the Children’s Board, written by Springboard Strategies


11 Vehicles Given – 19 Families Helped

  • Web site designed by Cory Seymour of South Island Design at no charge
  • Tampa Connection picks Wheels of Success to establish car care classes with Sears Automotive
  • AAA Auto Club South joins Wheels of Success board, provides memberships and towing
  • Children’s Board provides first of several technical assistance grants
  • Spheris adopts Wheels as local charity to provide support/funds for 1st fundraiser
  • Cooperative agreement formed with The Spring of Tampa Bay and their transitional housing program
  • Bill Currie Ford joins Wheels of Success board to provide mentorship


3 Vehicles Given – 3 Families Helped

  • June – Wheels of Success is incorporated
  • October – Professional Women Empower holds auction to raise money for Wheels of Success