BCS nonprofit providing reliable rides receives $50,000 grant

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 10:58 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The local nonprofit OnRamp, which helps connect people with reliable rides, has a new $50,000 grant.

The money came from a national organization of university students called Philanthropy Lab. OnRamp Founder & President Blake Jennings says the money will help them better serve people in the Brazos Valley and expand to other areas in the state without an OnRamp presence.

”About half of the grant is for serving families here in BCS, and then the other half of the grant is to expand to other areas in the Brazos Valley like Brenham and Hearne, and then to even expand outside of the Brazos Valley to other geographic areas in Texas that aren’t served at all,” Jennings said.

Jennings says they have ideas about where they want to expand, but they aren’t quite ready to go public with that yet.

Texas A&M was also instrumental in helping OnRamp secure this grant. Jennings says the Mays Business School has a class called the strategic philanthropy class that meets every year to evaluate local charities and award grant money.

“Every year, they also choose one of those charities to represent at the national level,” Jennings said. “They chose OnRamp this year, and a couple students, Bryce Alverson and Victoria Evans from the Mays School, represented us at the national convention. That’s where we were chosen for the much larger grant.”

OnRamp launched in 2017 and provides reliable vehicles to individuals in families in need across the Brazos Valley. These cars help them on their road to self-sufficiency. OnRamp raises money and gathers partners and businesses in the community to provide free vehicles that are reliable to the families who really need them.

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