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Our Impact

Launched in 2018, Ride United leverages the strengths of United Ways, the 211 network and partners to address unmet transportation needs for individuals and families across the U.S. In 2020, United Way expanded Ride United to connect clients with food and household good deliveries, in addition to providing essential transportation.

211, the vital service that connects people to resources and assistance in the U.S. and Canada, receives more than 250,000 requests for transportation assistance each year. Due to a lack of public transportation, the high cost of car ownership, and other barriers, 211 navigators are often unable to meet transportation needs for callers. Through Ride United, United Ways and 211s are partnering with communities to close transportation gaps.

Overcoming Transportation Barriers for those in Need

Across the United States, a lack of reliable, safe, convenient transportation hinders hundreds of thousands of peoples’ abilities to get to good jobs, access healthcare, seek healthy food, apply for public benefits and more.

Ride United addresses these unmet transportation needs for individuals and families in communities across the country. With COVID-19 presenting new barriers to food access, especially for older adults and individuals with higher vulnerability, Ride United now offers deliveries of food and household goods.

  • SUPPORT RIDE UNITED – Help us get people where they need to go by supporting Ride United. Your generous contribution will provide someone with a free ride to a veterans appointment at the VA, a job interview or chemotherapy appointment, or help deliver groceries from a food bank to someone in need.  Donate Now
  • GET SUPPORT. -If you need support from the Ride United program, dial 211 or visit our searchable directory. Free transportation and food deliveries are only available to those who qualify, but 211 specialists will connect you with the best available services to meet your needs.
  • JOIN THE FIGHT –  Connect with 211 to see what activities are happening in your community and get involved. If you are interested in supporting Ride United as a partner or funder please contact call 211 or email development@211bigbend.org.