Transportation for all.
Millions of people lack access to basic needs because they can’t get a ride. Through our LyftUp initiative, we’re working to make sure everyone has access to affordable, reliable transportation to get where they need to go — no matter their age, income, or zip code.
Empowering young people
We’re partnering with LeBron James and his athlete empowerment company, Uninterrupted, to connect communities in need through bikeshare access. In collaboration with the YMCA, we’re giving one-year bikeshare memberships to thousands of young people in New York City, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area. You might think, it’s just a bike. But for a young person, a bike can open up the world. It’s a way – and, often, the only way – to get to class, practice, games, lessons, work, and more. A bike is freedom. A bike is opportunity.
You can join in by rounding up your ride payment in the app and donating to the Y.
Explore our LyftUp ride access programs
Getting people to work
The difference between landing a job and a lost opportunity often comes down to a ride. So we provide free Lyft car rides to and from job training programs, interviews, and the first three weeks of new employment to give unemployed individuals a fairer chance at success.
Making healthy food accessible
Approximately 23.5 million people in the US live in neighborhoods without access to fresh, healthy food¹. Nearly half of them live on low incomes. Making the trek to a grocery store across town isn’t always an option. We offer discounted Lyft car rides to low-income families and seniors heading to and from grocery stores, farmers markets, food pantries, and SNAP benefits appointments.
¹Source: USDA Economic Research Service
We help Ward 8 residents get rides to fresh, healthy food
In Washington DC’s Ward 3, where the average household income is $136,832, average life expectancy is 85.1 years. In Ward 8, where the average household income is $34,824, the average life expectancy is 70.2 years.
DC Community Health Assessment, Volume 1, DC Department of Health
“That’s why I’m still around.”
“Because when I grew up, I had beans and greens. Nothing frozen. Everything came from the ground.”
— Florestine Jones, 78, Washington, DC
Helping people get to the polls
During the last presidential election, it’s estimated that more than 15 million eligible voters didn’t go to the polls because they didn’t have a way to get there. This year, we’ll be offering free rides to all caucuses, primaries, and the general election through a number of nonprofit partners.
Providing relief in the aftermath
Natural disasters strike hardest at low-income communities. We team up with local organizations and first responders to provide rides to help those in need access urgent services, shelter, and other critical resources.
We covered all Lyft rides to evacuation centers during 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.
We provided free rides to and from temporary housing when thousands lost their homes in California’s Camp Fire in 2018.
We provided free rides to blood donation centers after the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas in 2017.
LYFTUP COMMUNITY GRANTS
Supporting local organizations
Transportation access can be a big help for grassroots organizations that address our most important urban challenges. We support them with LyftUp Community Grants of up to $20,000 in free or discounted rides. Some of our LyftUp Community Grant recipients include the Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Mental Health Association of Georgia, and Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence.
Making big change with your small change
Everyone can join us in helping to bring affordable, reliable transportation to all. Join LyftUp by rounding up your ride payment in the app and donating to a humanitarian organization in your community.