United Way partners with Lyft to give free rides to those in need

A smartphone is not required to hail a car

Ian Bush
June 05, 2018 - 9:58 pm

KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Free rides are coming to people in need in Philadelphia, courtesy of a nonprofit and a ride-hailing app. 

But unlike most popular ridesharing apps, you do not need a smartphone to take advantage of the service.

United Way Worldwide and Lyft are partnering together in this transportation assistance program.

"The rides can be used for non-emergency medical treatment, job interviews, other employment-related needs and veterans services," said Lisa Bowman, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of United Way.

Lyft rides can be requested around the clock through their free 211 helpline. For those who qualify, there's no need to worry about apps or credit cards.

"Transportation is a really critical need for individuals to be successful in obtaining and retaining quality employment," she continued, "being able to take care of their health, and for veterans seeking services and resources as they transition back to civilian life."

Philadelphia is one of a dozen cities where the program is now available.