United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg has announced the expansion of its Ride United program. This initiative launched in May, partnering with Lyft and the Allen Law Firm to offer rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination appointments.
Now, the program is expanding to offer a greater range of services to support pandemic recovery. Partnering with the Rappahannock United Way, Ride United is now open to individuals living in the Fredericksburg region.
This expansion offers round-trip, on-demand Lyft rides to connect community members to services that are critical to pandemic recovery, including education, employment, health care, and more. Riders fill out a request form and, if eligible, are contacted via text message with next steps.
The program and its expansion were made possible by a $10,000 donation from Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen. “The Ride United program is a great addition to the many COVID-inspired resources that Rappahannock United Way has provided to our community during the pandemic,” said Sarah Walsh, chief impact officer at Rappahannock United Way. “Having reliable and affordable transportation has been an ongoing challenge for many local households when trying to access healthcare services and work, so we are proud to join forces with our friends at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and Allen & Allen.”
Of the program expansion, Edward Allen, president of Allen & Allen said, “At Allen & Allen, we’re always looking for meaningful ways to make an impact across the community, and with offices in both Richmond and Fredericksburg, we’re excited to see the positive effect this program has on people looking to improve their lives.”