As part of a program that provides grants to nonprofits in the communities they serve, on-demand transportation service Lyft has provided a $1,000 ride credit to the YWCA Richmond–the first recipient of its Relief Rides Program.
Every month, starting in August, Lyft will award one non-profit $1,000 in Lyft ride credits to ease transportation challenges and support their work to create positive change in the Richmond region. Over $1.5 million is committed to this program and other initiatives over the next year nationwide.
“YWCA Richmond was honored to receive Lyft’s first community engagement grant in the region,” said Linda Tissiere, CEO of YWCA Richmond. “Transportation is a major obstacle for women and families fleeing intimate partners violence and this partnership, between Lyft and YWCA Richmond, will allow us to make sure those survivors can get to emergency housing, counseling sessions, and their jobs as they build resiliency and work to sustain themselves as head of their new household.”
The Richmond Community Grants program was developed to help Lyft identify and connect with some of the area’s hardest working organizations.
“We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to Richmond non-profit organizations doing inspiring work on behalf of the community,” said Cabell Rosanelli, the Market Manager for Lyft Richmond. “We at Lyft are grateful we can provide extra support to these organizations by way of transportation and we are so proud to kick off the program with YWCA Richmond as our first Community Grants partner.”
The $1,000 in ride credit is awarded each month and recipients are selected through a competitive application process. Any 501(c)3 organization that operates in the Richmond metro area is eligible to apply for a grant. Interested applicants can learn more about the opportunity and apply by visiting Lyft’s Richmond Community Grants website.