To date, we've secured over 2200 IDs for folks who needed them.
From red tape to lost documents, securing IDs for disadvantaged folks is hard.
But it's also critical.
Each ID is opportunity, hope, and a chance for a better life. Every ID is someone's ticket to a job, to a place to sleep, to putting food on the table. Every ID is the key to being a person again. IDs change lives.
We know what an ID means now, and we know how to get them for our clients fast -- so far in 2019, we've obtained an additional 1100+ IDs!!!
To keep this momentum going, we've been launching chapters and training volunteers in four new states, and we're looking to expand into more. And above all else, we want to be in a position to help over 100 Americans secure IDs each week.
But we can't do this critical work without your help. The costs associated with securing IDs have risen as fast as our ability to help folks get them.
Please chip in whatever you can afford today. Each donation helps pay for a new ID, and that ID will change a person's life.
$20 = transportation to licensing and record-issuing offices
$40 = average cost of an ID
$60 = average cost of a birth certificate
A beautiful client story from our Northwest Florida Regional Field Coordinator, Daphne:
I just had the longest and most amazing day.
My client was referred to us by a former client. He was born here in Pensacola, but comes from a family of addicts and he himself has experienced life with addiction. He’s been in and out of prison and had been looking for an escape when we came along.
Kenneth got out of prison years ago, but after he served his time, he came out to nothing. Life on the street kept bringing him back to his old ways in an endless cycle.
Kenneth has been desperate to get a legitimate job, but without an ID, he’s found this to be virtually impossible. He doesn’t have a birth certificate and also lacked the required documents to get his birth certificate.
I told Kenneth we were going to get him his birth certificate and ID today come hell or high water. So I picked him up and we first made a trip to the Waterfront Rescue Mission, where we got him his homeless ID (a photo ID issued through the HMIS, Homeless Management Information System). We then waited 3 hours at the clinic at Waterfront Rescue Mission to obtain a medical form that could be used for identity (bonus, Kenneth also got a waiver for a tooth issue he’s had for a while).
We then took both those documents, along with the only piece of mail Kenneth had, to the Health Department’s Vital Statistics office, and got him his birth certificate.
We then used an application on my phone to locate the DMV with the shortest wait time and put ourselves in line.
We got there and not only were we able to get Kenneth his ID, but we were also able to register Kenneth to vote!
During our adventures together, I really got to know Kenneth and he really got to see what our organization was about. He said he planned to shout our message from the rooftops, particularly the message we wish to send about how empowering voting is, especially to members of our more vulnerable communities.
Kenneth also revealed to me that he had spent his entire life on the streets, and how coming out from them was hard and often left people hopeless. This hopelessness is what keeps people from getting help, and I can’t stress enough how what Spread The Vote does really changes lives— throughout the year, I’ve seen firsthand the hope we give to people with that little piece of plastic and the voting rights that can come along with that.
I put Kenneth in touch with several organizations that can help him jump start his way to self-sufficiency, and he told me he’d be repaying me for what we’d done for him by setting himself straight.
I cannot wait to see where Kenneth goes from here (because we will for sure be keeping in touch) and I especially look forward to snapping his ‘I voted’ sticker picture in 2020.