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Donate Your Car & Help Great Expectations

Posted on October 02, 2012

by Vicky Muensterman

Do you have an older car that you are thinking about trading in for a newer one? Do you have an old car taking up space in your driveway but just haven’t had time to sell it? The Great Expectations (GE) Program is seeking used cars to be donated to help youth in foster care with transportation to school. The John Tyler Foundation can accept your donation, and you will receive a donation letter for the value you assess to your vehicle, which can be very helpful at tax time. In April, our first car was donated to the Great Expectations Program and was given to a student. This student is transporting another GE student, who does not have transportation to school, in order to “pay it forward” for the gift she received. Transportation is one of the main barriers for foster youth to attend college; most students have jobs and are able to pay for insurance and gas, but cannot save enough initially to purchase a car.

In addition to the need for transportation, some foster youth need help with food and gasoline. If you would like to donate a gift card to Wal-Mart, Kroger, Martin’s, or Wawa in any dollar amount, to the Great Expectations Program, the donations can be given to the John Tyler Foundation Office or to Vicky Muensterman, Great Expectations Coach, and you will receive a donation letter. All of these gifts, no matter what the size, make a big difference for our students. For example, the VCCS office at Featherstone raised $1,400.00 for the John Tyler Great Expectations Program in August, and it provided every GE student with school supplies, a backpack, gift cards and lunch.

The Great Expectations Program currently has 27 students this semester, which is up from 16 students last academic year. We have 20 John Tyler faculty and staff who have volunteered to be mentors this year. The students are very appreciative of the support that they receive through the GE program, and with your help, we can continue to address their needs and to assist them in being successful in pursuing their education.

If you would like to learn more about the Great Expectations Program, go to

For more information on how you can help, contact Vicky Muensterman, JTCC’s Great Expectations Coach, at or 804-706-5206.



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