Our driver community is filled with inspiring parents like Paloma. This month, we’re honoring a few Lyft moms - Belinda in Minnesota, Nirali in New Jersey, Michelle in Florida and Martha in Nevada - by sharing their stories and sponsoring the cost of their kids’ summer activities. Father's Day is also on the horizon and we want to show love to Lyft dads as well. If you're a Lyft driver dad who wants to share your story of how fatherhood has shaped you, send your story and a photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance at a special swag bag and other goodies from Lyft HQ.
Belinda from Minneapolis
Belinda became a Lyft driver after deciding that she wanted more freedom and more time to spend with her daughters. “I can honestly say I have figured out work-life balance and I have Lyft to thank for offering such a great platform. It brings me joy to know that what I’m doing offers such a great service to others. I’ve also noticed that 7 out of 10 of my passengers are women and my belief is that they feel a sense of relief when they see that I’m a woman too."
Belinda - pictured above with her two daughters - shared a touching story of human connection:
One time, I picked up a woman who had a number of bags with her. During the drive, she told me she was moving to a facility for women recovering from drugs/alcohol. She was very open with me and wanted to share her story. When we arrived, she was worried because this was her first time there, so she asked me to wait to make sure she got inside. I waited until someone finally came to the door which was after 10 minutes of her knocking. I helped bring her bags to the door. She looked at me and thanked me for helping her. She tipped me $10 which I told her she didn’t have to do, and she said I usually don’t tip but I want to tip you, you helped me when I really needed it. We both smiled and I wished her the best of luck. I was brought to tears as I left because I knew in my heart that she was grateful to have someone who was willing to help her in such a time of need.
Martha from Las Vegas
Martha is a new Lyft driver in Las Vegas who rents a vehicle through our Express Drive program. She is a single mother of three, and she drives with Lyft to earn money to care for her children, including one child who is disabled. She joined the Express Drive program because it gives her the flexibility to spend time with her kids, and the vehicle she can utilize for both Lyft, and her family’s needs. Martha's three children - Hailey, Shane, and Mason are pictured below!
Michelle from Orlando
Meet Michelle a single mom of three amazing girls. She is also a Navy veteran and a cancer survivor. When sharing her story of perseverance, Michelle told us:
“I am on the other side of this and I have found so much bliss, peace and love for myself. One of the reasons I drive for Lyft (besides earning money) is to show other people that even with a disability, all is possible and you can adapt and be self sufficient. I spread this message to all my passengers as I see every ride as an opportunity to genuinely connect with people. I watch them leave my car with a sense of marvel and invincibility because I show them that if I can, they certainly can."
Nirali from New Jersey
Nirali is a New Jersey Lyft driver and mom of a young son. She joined Lyft after losing her job unexpectedly. “Little did I know when I joined the Lyft family 10 months ago that driving for Lyft was the best decision I have ever made in my life. My son was three years old and it was very tough for me to find him a babysitter and get a job that saves me any money that would help me pay bills. By driving for Lyft, I managed my own hours, while I asked my friends and family members to look after my son in their convenient time. Thank you Lyft, for providing so many opportunities to people like me.”