Since our earliest days, drivers have made service to the community a natural extension of the Lyft movement. For a group of people set apart by a spirit of altruism, and kindness — it's really no surprise. We’re proud to support the many volunteer projects our drivers are involved with as part of the Lyft for Good program, and look forward to highlighting more of these stories on the Hub.
When San Francisco driver Ben Gotro signed up as a volunteer for Little Brothers, a local nonprofit aimed at supporting the city’s isolated seniors, he never imagined the deep connections he’d foster.
Following another driver’s lead, Ben found the organization last February and felt inspired to give back. Little Brothers seemed like a perfect fit because they needed safe drivers with reliable cars.
In the nine months since, Ben has given rides to dozens of seniors, taking them everywhere from the grocery store to the pharmacy, and once to get ice cream after a doctor’s appointment.
Seeing how much the seniors appreciate the human interaction and friendship has been the most rewarding aspect of volunteering. Since Ben began volunteering, many more drivers have started giving time to Little Brothers.
“Our rides though Little Brothers are important, because they give the seniors a reliable and stress-free experience compared to public transit or the paratransit system,” Ben says. “Many of our elders have limited mobility, so the door-to-door service is vital."
Huge kudos to Ben — from all of us at HQ — for providing safe, reliable transportation for local seniors. Visit the Little Brothers website to learn how you can help, too.