WUSF: Wheels of Success

TAMPA (2009-09-07) The group of people who filtered into the parking lot of the Floriland Office Center in Tampa won’t have to wait for the bus or bother their friends to get to work anymore. That’s because they were handed the keys to cars of their own – for free.

It’s called Wheels of Success, where cars are donated for a tax write-off and given to low-income workers. Susan Jacobs is program’s founder.

“We’re about keeping people working and especially in this economy,” she says, “where so many people might lose their job, the last thing you want to know is you lost your job because of transportation, because it’s going to be really tough finding another one.”

Jacobs says Wheels of Success has given away more than 500 cars since it was started in 2003.