July 8, 2021 (Deer Park, NY) – United Way of Long Island recently launched ‘Ride United’ to help local residents access transportation to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the rideshare service Lyft. The program is part of United Way Worldwide’s Ride United Vaccine Access Campaign, which addresses unmet transportation needs for individuals and families. 

Long Island residents participating in ‘Ride United’ receive 2 free Lyft rides (up to $25 each way) to and from vaccination appointments located in Nassau or Suffolk Counties. Riders must download the Lyft app on a supported device and have an active Lyft account. 

“United Way of Long Island is committed to keeping our communities safe and healthy. Ride United removes barriers of transportation inequity, ensuring that any Long Islander seeking to get vaccinated can get to and from their appointment without cost,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island. 

Ride United expands upon the organization’s COVID-19 response efforts. United Way of Long Island has helped seniors, veterans and families receive emergency financial assistance, fresh groceries, PPE items and HEPA air purifiers to improve their health, well-being and financial security during the pandemic. Expanding access to vaccination appointments provides a critical resource for neighbors who would otherwise be unable to get to their appointment due to financial, transport or other reasons.

If you or someone you know needs transportation to and from your COVID-19 vaccination appointment, visit www.unitedwayli.org/rideunited, or contact 211 Long Island by dialing 2-1-1, or outside of Nassau and Suffolk Counties dial 1-888-774-7633, 7 days a week, or visit 211longisland.org.

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