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Zipcar for Business: Keeping local non-profits on the move

Zipcar for Business: Keeping local non-profits on the move

2020-12-21 
| by Editor | Posted in Business & Finance

Zipcar are helping an increased number of local charities & community organisations to keep on the move – and they offer a lifetime-free membership for all non-profits.

Little Village, the Balham-based charity tackling poverty for the under 5s, is one such local group that utilises Zipcar to help them carry out their vital work.

Little Village is like a food bank, but for clothes, toys & equipment for babies and children. They have donation points in Balham, Southwark, Camden & Battersea, from where stock is collected by their team of volunteer drivers and processed at their hubs, before being delivered to those that need them most.

In 2019, Little Village supported 3,000 children across London. This year, as a result of the pandemic, this has doubled to a staggering 6,000 and Head of Programmes, Rebecca Wilson, sadly expects this to continue to rise in 2021:

"I think we'll see a continued increase in demand next year as an effect of the unemployment rate rising and as families that have been furloughed really start to see the pinch. But we will be here for them – and so will the local community. We're continually overwhelmed by the support that we receive from the local area for our work – the donations that we receive are making such a difference to peoples lives.

"As we need to turn things around fast to support our families, it's vital to have access to on-demand transport that's also affordable. We use a Zipcar van up to 3 times a week – and they’re critical in helping us to carry out our work. We love the flexibility, it's so much more cost effective than ownership – and as we have many of our volunteer team driving for us – we can have a number of different drivers on the one account."

In the run up to Christmas, Little Village have temporarily paused accepting stock donations, however you can support their work to ensure families receive essential baby equipment & clothing all year round by visiting their website.

If you're a local non-profit who'd like to find out more about Zipcar & sign up (receiving a lifetime-free business membership & £60 driving credit), then click here.

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