King County Council donates ‘retired’ vans to nonprofit groups
September 18, 2011
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 18, 2011
King County Council members agreed to donate 27 “retired” vanpool vehicles to nonprofit organizations, so the vehicles can aid senior citizens, youths and others through local programs.
The vans served in King County Metro Transit’s vanpool fleet for at least six years and reached the end of service. The county considers the vans as surplus, and then donates or sells the vehicles.
The council agreed to the donation in a unanimous decision Sept. 12.
“With little county funding available to support human services, these retired vans are one way we still can help nonprofit organizations to meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable citizens,” Councilwoman Kathy Lambert, Issaquah’s representative, said in a statement. “These vans will continue to serve the public in new ways throughout their useful lives.”
The council started donating former Metro Transit Vanpool vehicles to local nonprofit organizations in 1995. The vehicles provide transportation for disabled and low-income people, young adults and senior citizens.
“The retired van program, especially in these tough economic times, is an excellent way for the county to assist these nonprofits in serving our most vulnerable populations,” Issaquah-area Councilman Reagan Dunn said in a statement.
Officials at organizations interested in receiving a van donation can contact the council member representing their district for more information on applying.
“Recycling retired vanpool vans for use by local service organizations ensures that our community is getting the maximum value out of these vehicles,” Councilman Larry Phillips, Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee chairman and sponsor of the motion, said in a statement. “Vans that are no longer cost effective for Metro to operate will allow non-profits to provide meals to those in need, transport kids to after-school programs and deliver seniors to community services.”