Santander Consumer USA Inc. (“Santander Consumer” and “Santander”) today announced a four-year commitment to donate two used vehicles every quarter to Tampa-based Wheels of Success Inc. (“Wheels of Success”). Wheels of Success helps families obtain, and sustain, work by providing them with reliable personal transportation. Santander Consumer will donate a total of 30 vehicles through December 2025, valued at approximately $600,000.00.
Wheels of Success not only supplies its clients with transportation, but also supports families who can’t afford repairs by providing them with preventative maintenance and car-care classes. Clients receiving vehicles buy them from Wheels of Success, making monthly payments based on the client’s ability to pay. In addition, clients are required to provide service hours to the organization, which – coupled with the cash repayments – helps Wheels of Success serve other families.
“The Tampa Bay area is home to a category of working-class men and women who earn too much money to be eligible for government-assisted transportation programs, but not enough to buy and/or maintain a vehicle,” said Susan Jacobs, Founder and CEO of Wheels of Success. “We offer resources that give people the ability to provide for their families and maintain their independence.”
“The Tampa Bay area is home to a category of working-class men and women who earn too much money to be eligible for government-assisted transportation programs, but not enough to buy and/or maintain a vehicle. We offer resources that give people the ability to provide for their families and maintain their independence.”
Founder and CEO of Wheels of Success
In addition to the cars donated by Santander, the Santander Consumer Foundation granted Wheels of Success $50,000.00 in 2021 to support facilitation of transportation opportunities and vehicle ownership during the pandemic. The partnership’s growth speaks to the value that Wheels of Success provides and aligns with Santander Consumer’s goal of taking an active role in helping people and businesses prosper by supporting sustainable programs that drive positive change in communities.
“Santander Consumer is a proud member of the Tampa community. We want to help remove barriers to transportation, which are often barriers to employment. Our hope is that Santander’s support of Wheels of Success provides a measure of stability for Wheels of Success’ programs over the coming years, removing mobility challenges for many who are underserved and vulnerable within our community.”