For Immediate Release
Sr. VP Public Relations
United Way of Central Alabama Launches Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign
Expanding program with Lyft to increase access to COVID-19 Vaccines
United Way of Central Alabama today announced the launch of the Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign, providing access to free and discounted rides in Jefferson County in partnership with Lyft. Vaccination rides are the latest implementation of the Ride United program, which seeks to reduce transportation barriers that prevent community members from accessing healthcare, getting quality jobs, completing education programs, and more. Transportation has proven to be a key issue for many individuals looking to obtain their vaccines.
In December 2020, Lyft announced its commitment to help provide access to rides to and from vaccine appointments alongside coalition partners, including United Way. Utilizing the Lyft network, participating local United Way and 211 teams can provide resources to eligible community members, ensuring they have access to transportation for their vaccination appointments. The Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign helps eligible people get the COVID-19 vaccine, even if they lack transportation.
Initial funding is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Senior Services. Other transportation support is still needed, and you can help by donating online at www.eunited.org/ride.
“We are proud to have the Ride United Transportation Access Vaccine program in Jefferson County to meet this unmet transportation need,” said Drew Langloh, President, United Way of Central Alabama. “We are glad we can support equitable vaccine access.”
United Way supports 211, a free and confidential service leveraged by millions of people across North America. Every day, clients contact 211 to access crisis and emergency counseling, disaster assistance, food, health care and insurance assistance, stable housing and utilities payment assistance, employment services, veteran services, and childcare and family services. 211 receives more than 250,000 requests for transportation assistance each year in the U.S alone.
The program is underway in Jefferson County. Those who need a ride to get their vaccine should call United Way’s 211 Information and Referral Center (by dialing the numbers 2-1-1) to access eligible vaccine sites in their area.
United Way of Central Alabama serves Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount, St. Clair, and Chilton counties by providing solutions for the most critical needs in the community. Through our partner agencies and community initiatives, we improve lives and community conditions by building and mobilizing resources. United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. For more information, visit www.uwca.org.
211 is a vital service of United Way of Central Alabama. Every day, clients contact 211 to access free and confidential crisis and emergency counseling, disaster assistance, food, health care and insurance assistance, stable housing and utilities payment assistance, employment services, veteran services and childcare and family services. Individuals in need or who are looking for information for someone else can call 211 from a cell phone or landline or visit www.211.org for more contact options.
Lyft was founded in 2012 and is one of the largest transportation networks in the United States and Canada. As the world shifts away from car ownership to transportation-as-a-service, Lyft is at the forefront of this massive societal change. Our transportation network brings together rideshare, bikes, scooters, car rentals and transit all in one app. We are singularly driven by our mission: to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.