Low-income workers often struggle to make long commutes to work. Based on a 2015 study, this struggle hinders their ability to improve their lives.
But Lyft, the famous ride-sharing company, is doing its part to help these low-income workers with its Jobs Access Program. The company has teamed up with nonprofit organizations to provide transportation to interviews, training, and a brand new job.
Lyft’s dedication to helping others began when the company went public. Mike Masserman from Lyft claims that the company’s goal was “to provide $50 million…towards…transportation infrastructure and providing rides to folks in various underserved communities.”
The Jobs Access Program targets several groups of low-income workers, such as immigrants, refugees, and young adults who are just starting their careers. Lyft is also assisting the formerly incarcerated make their commutes by partnering with The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth and Dream Corps.
The recipients of this cause can secure rides at low to no cost. First, the nonprofits receive ride credits from Lyft. Then each nonprofit distributes those credits. But even job seekers who aren’t part of the nonprofits can still take advantage of Lyft’s program by calling 211.
After landing a job, a newly employed worker can get free rides or reduced rates for up to three weeks. Although not a long-term solution, it’s a big help to low-income families and individuals. It might be the initial push needed to put low-income workers in a great job that provides a better life.