Every day at Lyft HQ, we hear countless stories of drivers and passengers helping each other. Whether it’s a small gesture, like uplifting someone or surprising them with a cup of coffee, or a big one, like photographing a proposal, rescuing a kitten, saving a passenger from a rattlesnake, or going on a late-night journey to find lost keys, one thing is clear: the spirit of giving is what the Lyft community is all about.
This Giving Tuesday, we’re highlighting just a few of the many ways drivers across the nation are giving back to their local communities.
Austin AIDS Walk / Austin Drivers
This fall, Austin drivers banded together in an entirely self-led initiative to raise money for the annual Austin AIDS Walk, which supports AIDS Services of Austin. Aside from collecting donations, many of these drivers also donated 50% of their tips toward the cause. With this incredible effort they raised nearly $4,000 for awareness and support for those living with HIV/AIDS. See pictures and photos from the event and donate here.
Hashtag Lunchbag / Nationwide Drivers
Lyft drivers in New York City, Chicago, Phoenix, and everywhere in between are delivering food to the homeless through Hashtag Lunchbag. Together, they delivered over 5,000 meals over Thanksgiving weekend alone. Join an event or donate to Hashtag Lunchbag.
Cheyenne River Youth Project / Chicago, San Francisco, Providence Drivers
This December, Lyft drivers from Chicago, San Francisco, and Providence are headed to the rural Lakota Sioux reservation — the fourth-poorest county in the nation — to help wrap and deliver toys for local children in need. Bonus: San Francisco driver Carlos will be making a guest appearance as Santa! Donate to the cause or join a trip.
Project Open Hand / San Francisco Drivers
Started by Lyft driver Keith in 2011, Project Open Hand provides nutritious meals for elderly and critically ill individuals in the Bay area. In the past two years, Lyft drivers have led dozens of events through Project Open Hand, and many have become regular volunteers that return on a weekly basis. San Franciscans can sign up to volunteer here, and anyone can donate online here.
Lyftsgiving Food Project / Los Angeles Drivers
For the second year in a row, a group of L.A. drivers cooked, packaged, and delivered Thanksgiving meals to the homeless. These drivers (and their kids!) came together to deliver over 200 meals to those in need. Another L.A. driver, Kara, set up a hot meal station in her local park on Thanksgiving morning, where she, her friends, and other Lyft drivers spent the day cooking and serving food.
We’re so proud of our community, and we know this is only the tip of the iceberg. To all those making a difference across the nation, thank you.
Are you doing something to give back this holiday season? Let us know by tweeting us @lyft!