Program to Continue Supporting San Diego Nonprofits with Free or Discounted Rides
San Diego CA— Lyft, whose mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation, announced the expansion of its Wheels for All Grants program to support the important work of San Diego County nonprofit organizations focused on building connected, stronger, more equitable communities. Starting in September 2019 in over 40 cities, Lyft will award ride grants to nonprofits on a quarterly basis to help bridge transportation gaps for individuals and families.
Wheels for All Grants was developed in 2018 to help Lyft identify and connect with some of the hardest-working local organizations. The San Diego market has been a part of the Wheels for All Grants program since the beginning and has awarded grants to organizations like International Rescue Committee, Serving Seniors and Burn Institute to help ease transportation barriers.
Nonprofits will be awarded Wheels for All Grants on a quarterly basis, any 501(c)3 organization that operates in the San Diego metro area is eligible to apply for a grant. The grant program furthers Lyft’s San Diego County yearlong safety and sustainability campaign, which supports improving safety on local streets and eliminating greenhouse gas emissions through multi-modal transportation.
Recipients will be determined by a local committee made up of Lyft employees and representatives from the local Driver Advisory Council. Interested applicants can learn more about the opportunity and apply by visiting Wheels for All Grants website here.
“We’re proud to be able to offer this opportunity to nonprofit organizations who are already making a positive impact on communities throughout San Diego County,” said Lyft’s San Diego Market Manager, Hao Meng. “There’s a lot of great work being done, and Lyft is grateful to provide an opportunity for organizations who want to take their meaningful efforts even further.”
Lyft’s Wheels for All Grants is just one part of Lyft City Works, Lyft’s commitment to deploy 1% of profits or $50 million every year (whichever is greater) to help make cities more livable for everyone. Through Lyft City Works, Lyft is focused on a variety of programs from providing access for underserved communities to groceries, jobs and more, to supercharging the growing civic movement in major cities by donating transportation to grassroots civic organizations, building transportation infrastructure in neighborhoods that need better connections to the rest of the city, and working with local groups to build toward a clean energy future.
Lyft was founded in 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation, and is available to 95% of the United States population as well as select cities in Canada. Lyft is committed to effecting positive change for our cities by offsetting carbon emissions from all rides, and by promoting transportation equity through shared rides, bikeshare systems, electric scooters, and public transit partnerships. For more information about Lyft in San Diego, visit the blog