There’s a lot going on in our nation’s capital besides just politics. On a very rainy day in March, five D.C. drivers gathered in Franklin Park to volunteer for the sixth annual OneUmbrella Fest, sponsored by the OneUmbrella Foundation.
The event provides necessities and support for the homeless population in Washington, D.C. Lyft drivers joined more than 100 other volunteers to distribute meals, donate clothing, give haircuts, and help construct positive message bracelets for the homeless community.
Carlos, a Lyft driver who regularly volunteers with Help the Homeless, said:
“The best part of all this is the look of happiness [we get from] people who live on the streets… We brighten up someone’s day, and that’s what it’s all about.”
Along with Carlos, drivers Luis Argueta, Andrei Cretu, John Stephenson, and Robert Wright III braved the weather on March 14th to volunteer. Their presence, coupled with financial contributions from other drivers like Darryl Smith and Brieski Lewis, helped make the event a success.
We are continually impressed by our drivers who are dedicated to helping the underserved in their community. We encourage any driver involved in their own volunteer initiatives, like the OneUmbrella Foundation, to share their experiences and invite other drivers to join them.
The Lyft for Good program grew from self-led volunteer initiatives we've seen from Lyft drivers in their communities. Lyft drivers have gone above and beyond in communities nationwide to perform these acts of kindness, so we wanted to support those efforts by creating a channel for even more drivers and passengers to give back in the future. Every two weeks, our Lyft for Good series will highlight these remarkable drivers and their impact in their communities.