Meet Lamont: Dad, Social Worker, Chicago Lyft Driver

Meet Lamont: Dad, Social Worker, Chicago Lyft Driver

Chicago resident Lamont is passionate about helping the community, whether he’s doing social work at a local mental health hospital, volunteering at his children’s school, or brightening up his Lyft passengers’ days. He’s been a Lyft driver since last July, when when his social services job hours started to get cut. “I needed that supplemental income, so I started driving a few hours a week while my kids were in school,” Lamont says. He quickly realized it was more than a way to make ends meet: “I think my work translates really well to what I’m doing with Lyft. Every day I get the opportunity to encourage someone, to have an impact on their lives. Everyone’s dealing with their own issues, but I have the opportunity to help them turn negatives to positives.”

Today, Lamont splits his time between taking care of his kids — a 7-year-old daughter, teenaged son, and a rambunctious beagle/husky mix, helping out at school, and driving with Lyft in between. “I took my daughter’s class on a field trip to the zoo yesterday,” he says. “When I had a ‘regular’ nine-to-five job, I rarely saw my kids, and I was spending all that money on childcare. Now I can drive when I want and spend quality as well as quantity time with them.”

Above all, Lamont says it’s the people of Lyft he appreciates the most. “The Lyft community is just that, a community. Fellow drivers, passengers, they care about you. When you think of the definition of community, it’s people coming together for a common good, and that’s exactly what we’re doing each day we get on the road.”


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