South Ward residents in need of transportation may be eligible to receive a free ride from the ride sharing company Lyft.

South Ward Children’s Alliance (SWCA) announced that it has teamed up with Lyft to provide access to rides up to $25. Residents must use a special code, which can be obtained via the SWCA Hotline, 206-222-SWCA, between June 1-5. The Lyft ride credits must be used by June 14.
   
The partnership is part of LyftUp, Lyft’s comprehensive effort to expand transportation access to those who need it most. 

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Lyft has activated more than 500 LyftUp partners – including public health entities, local governments, nonprofits and community organizations, like SWCA – to provide free rides and free delivery of essential goods for vulnerable communities and critical workers. 

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“We want to increase access to transportation for those who need it, particularly to meet their essential needs during this time. By activating LyftUp, we’re able to partner with the South Ward Children’s Alliance to fill mobility needs in this underserved area of Newark,” said Sam Young, East Regional Director for Lyft. 

“We’re also grateful to all those who drive with Lyft for helping provide rides for those in need," Young said. "Lyft will be supporting drivers by creating new opportunities to help them earn additional income through the Lyft app and continuously working to protect their safety.”

SWCA serves as a coordinated pipeline of services and resources that guides and supports families in the South Ward of Newark where nearly half live below the Federal poverty line.  

“A large population of South Ward residents don’t own or have access to a car. Typically, the city bus is how they get around but riding a crowded bus right now during COVID-19 is risky and folks are scared for themselves and their families,” said Nichelle Holder, SWCA’s chief program officer. 

“Our partnership with Lyft provides our residents with a safer, reliable way to get to supermarkets, doctor’s appointments and other key destinations for basic necessities,” Holder said.