Lyft has announced a new Job Access program that will span across over 35 cities in the U.S and will help those who are “making their way through the employment pipeline” by taking them to and from job interviews, professional training programs as well as new work places on free or discounted rides.
To achieve this, the company has joined forces with a number of nonprofit partners like Goodwill, the USO and the National Down Syndrome Society. According to the latter, “There are roughly two million people living with disabilities in the United States. Of those two million, nearly 30 percent, or 560,000 people, are unable to leave their home because of transportation barriers. The ability to get around easily, especially for employment in the disability community, is crucial to the future.”
This project aims to help people from a variety of different backgrounds ranging from veterans to people who live in low-income areas, refugees, people who have been incarcerated as well as those with disabilities to have a better shot at getting a job. Lyft will also be helping them get to and from work during the first three weeks of their employment which should ease the trouble of moving around until they get their first paycheck.
“United Way believes that people of all ages and abilities should have an opportunity to improve their economic status through employment,” Alicia Lara, Senior Vice President, Impact, United Way Worldwide has said of the program. “When we work with corporate partners like Lyft in pursuit of this goal, the entire community benefits and together, we can affect sweeping change that benefits us all.”
This is not the first time Lyft sets in place this type of program: during the blackouts in northern California last week, the company offered free rides to relief centers and a few months ago it expanded the availability of rides for Medicaid patients who were not in emergency situations.