Uber seeking applications from nonprofits for free rides
Uber is accepting grant applications for the third year of its Northwest Community Impact Initiaitve, which has most recently pledged more than $600,000 in free rides and financial assistance to more than 45 nonprofits in 2018 alone.
Although the rideshare company's relationship with City Hall has occasionally been rocky, it is being praised by local nonprofit profits who have been able to offer free Uber rides to their workers and clients. They include Dress for Success Oregon, Street Roots, Community Warehouse, Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization Rescue, Zenger Farm and Youth Progress.
"Uber has delivered vendors safely and quickly to our office to purchase papers and to their locations to sell them, shaving literally hours off commute times every week," Street Roots wrote in a recent report about free rides provided to the homeless people who sell its newspaper.
Nonprofits in the greater Portland and Seattle areas can now submit applications explaining how they can use Uber ride credits to help ensure people have equal access to opportunities at t.uber.com/CII. A full list of recipients is also available there.
The deadline for submission is 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 28.