FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2020
Lyft, National Asian American Coalition partner to support communities during COVID-19 crisis
April 16, 2020 – In an effort to help those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, the National Asian American Coalition (NAAC) has partnered with Lyft to provide Lyft ride credit to coalition and AAPI community members. This partnership is an extension of Lyft’s broader LyftUp initiative, its comprehensive effort to expand transportation access to those who need it most right now. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the company has activated more than 500 partners through LyftUp. Lyft provided the ride credit to the NAAC to distribute to its members in California and Nevada. The ride codes will help those in need access transportation to essential services and businesses including:
• Rides to “essential services” as deemed by your locality (such as grocery store, food bank, pharmacy, hardware store)
• Rides for families/caregivers/social workers to deliver needed supplies or services for homebound and/or self-isolating people (such as older adults)
• Rides for senior citizens and other individuals to health appointments
• Rides for senior citizens to go shopping during seniors-only shopping hours at a grocery store
Ms. Faith Bautista, Chief Executive Officer of NAAC recently said, “There are so many communities in California searching for relief from the financial burdens caused by the sudden economic restrictions. NAAC is thrilled to work with Lyft in its ‘LyftUp’ initiative to expand transportation access to those who need it the most. We are grateful that Lyft is taking the lead by offering ride credits to Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and many other essential workers in the minority and disadvantaged communities we serve.”
The National Asian American Coalition (“NAAC”) is the nation’s leading Asian American nonprofit advocating for homeownership affordability; for greater economic growth focusing on the underserved communities; for small business development and for advancing the growing economic and social power of Asian Americans nationwide. NAAC is the founding member of its sister coalition, the National Diversity Coalition, a nationally known nonprofit of diverse community organizers, faith-based leaders & business owners. The NAAC’s success is a combination of over 15 years of strengthening communities who are supporters of our initiatives thereby earning the respect from more than three dozen of Fortune 500 corporations, and from high ranking directors & commissioners of federal & state governmental agencies.
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 percent of the United States population as well as select cities in Canada. . As the world shifts away from car ownership, Lyft is at the forefront of this massive societal change. Lyft is committed to effecting positive change for our cities and making cities more livable for everyone through initiatives that bridge transportation gaps, and by promoting transportation equity through shared rides, bikeshare systems, electric scooters, and public transit partnerships. We are singularly driven by our mission: to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.