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Giving a Lyft to Those in Need

Did you know that just last year, United Way’s 2-1-1 network – contact centers across the country connecting families with the community-based resources they need to thrive – received more than 250,000 transportation requests nationwide? And that 20 percent of those requests couldn’t be met with existing resources?

That’s why United Way of Greater Atlanta’s 2-1-1 Contact Center is partnering with Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., to provide limited free rides to callers in need in Greater Atlanta for non-emergency medical treatment, job interviews and other employment related needs; and veterans’ services. The program is being piloted in Greater Atlanta and 11 other cities.

“United Way is a worldwide leader in addressing the complex challenges faced by vulnerable communities,” said Lyft Co-founder and President John Zimmer. “Their dedication and ability to reach thousands of individuals in need through 2-1-1 makes them an ideal partner for Lyft Relief Rides. We appreciate the opportunity to join forces and expand our collective impact in local communities across the country.”

In addition to Atlanta, free rides will be offered to qualifying individuals in Austin, Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Milwaukee, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Diego, and San Francisco. Following the program’s success in these markets, Lyft and United Way will look to expand the program into more cities across the country.

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Chad Parker is the Director of Multimedia Content at United Way of Greater Atlanta.


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