On November 17, 2014, Central Maryland Regional Transit lost a much-loved member of our team, due to complications from surgery. Andrew McDonald, known to friends and family as Andy, was 34 years old and was a passionate advocate for individuals with disabilities, especially Transitioning Youth. He felt that young adults with disabilities should be provided with all of the skills necessary to be able to independently access employment, education and their community after graduating high school. Andy also spearheaded the creation of our newly formed One-on-One Training program and worked tirelessly to ensure that we are able to serve as many people as possible.
In addition to Andy’s passion for working with students with disabilities, he also understood the need to provide services to individuals recovering from substance abuse. He was an advocate, role model and mentor to many in recovery.
With this fund we hope to honor Andy’s legacy and his passion for both transitioning youth and individuals recovering from substance abuse by enhancing our existing services and creating new initiatives to better serve both populations.
Andy is sorely missed, both professionally and personally. He was a smart, funny, kind hearted and passionate person whom we lost far too soon. Please help us honor Andy’s memory with a contribution to his memorial fund. 100% of every contribution will go directly to the fund to provide the services described below.
If you have any questions, please contact Alexandra Dupree, Manager of Training and Community Relations at [email protected] or 240-581-5770.
How to Donate: CMRT is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible. Contributions can be made online with a credit/debit card, using the PayPal Donate button below. You do not need a PayPal account to donate, after filling in the amount you wish to donate, you will see a section that says "Don't have a PayPal Account?" and beneath that will be a link to continue without an account.
If you would rather contribute via check, please make your check payable to Central Maryland Regional Transit and write “Andrew McDonald Memorial Fund” in the memo line of your check. Checks can be mailed or dropped off to 312 Marshall Ave., Suite 100, Laurel, MD 20707 (for drop-offs, our office hours are M-F, 9am-5pm).
Thank you for helping us continue Andy’s legacy.
This fund will support two initiatives:
As youth with disabilities are preparing to transition from high school to adult life, they begin to explore academic, employment and social opportunities, and transportation often becomes a major hurdle. CMRT helps to bridge that gap by providing “train-the-trainer” sessions to professionals who work in the schools, equipping them with the resources they need to travel train their students directly. CMRT also works with students in small groups as well as on a one-on-one basis, teaching them how to utilize public transportation in their communities.
Andy was particularly passionate about providing transitioning youth with the skills needed to be independent upon exiting the public school system and as such, CMRT will be providing transit fare scholarships to those students who complete our travel training program and transit fare grants to schools who will be using the fare to travel train their students. The transit scholarship will be used in an effort to motivate transitioning youth to utilize public transportation safely and independently.
Individuals entering recovery programs for substance abuse often find themselves without housing, employment or transportation; in essence they are starting their lives over. During this time of healing and reintegration into the community, public transportation provides recovering individuals with the ability to attend meetings and appointments, and get to and from employment or educational opportunities as they rebuild their lives.
CMRT will be developing an outreach program designed to inform substance abuse programs and recovery centers about the transit services available to their participants/residents, in honor of Andy’s passion and dedication to individuals recovering from substance abuse. Outreach to these individuals will provide them with a wealth of information regarding the transit services that exist in their communities and how to access them. CMRT will also provide introductory travel training to individuals in recovery, in order to orient them to public transportation and how to use it to access community resources. Finally, through the Andy McDonald Memorial Fund, we will offer transit fare scholarships (as funding allows) to assist individuals in recovery as they “get back on their feet”.