May 04, 2022, 09:00 ET
ARLINGTON, Va., May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ --The National Council on Aging (NCOA), the national voice for every person's right to age well, is working with members of the aging services network to distribute ride codes from Lyft that older adults can use to get to the polls this election year. The primary season starts in earnest in May, with 13 states holding elections.
"Older adults want to participate in our democracy, but many do not have transportation to get to polling stations," said Ramsey Alwin, NCOA President and CEO. "Lyft's Voting Access Program will help ensure that older adults have access to transportation necessary to make their voices heard where it matters—in the voting booth."
As part of the company's 2022 LyftUp Voting Access Program, Lyft has provided ride codes with a value of up to $25 each to travel to polling stations. NCOA will distribute the codes to professionals at local nonprofit organizations across the country who can help their older clients use them.
During the pandemic, NCOA and Lyft partnered to provide access to reliable, affordable transportation for older adults to get their COVID vaccines and booster shots. Over 1,750 older adults and caregivers used the $50 codes to redeem more than 3,500 rides.
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is the national voice for every person's right to age well. We believe that how we age should not be determined by gender, color, sexuality, income, or zip code. Working with thousands of national and local partners, we provide resources, tools, best practices, and advocacy to ensure every person can age with health and financial security. Founded in 1950, we are the oldest national organization focused on older adults. Learn more at www.ncoa.org and @NCOAging.
Lyft was founded in 2012 and is one of the largest transportation networks in the United States and Canada. As the world shifts away from car ownership to transportation-as-a-service, Lyft is at the forefront of this massive societal change. Our transportation network brings together rideshare, bikes, scooters, car rentals and transit all in one app. We are singularly driven by our mission: to improve people's lives with the world's best transportation.
SOURCE National Council on Aging
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